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Brian O'Connell

Music Education Faculty

Brian M. O'Connell earned a B.S. in music education from the University of Massachusetts/Lowell and a M.M. in choral conducting from The Boston Conservatory. He holds certification in voice therapy, also from The Boston Conservatory, and an Ed.D. in curriculum and teaching with a music education emphasis (ABD) from Boston University. He has completed vocal studies with David Blair McCloskey and Robert Gartside and performance studies with Lucas Foss, John Gibbons and Peter Phillips. O’Connell’s awards include the Lithuanian Presidents Medal (1985), the Boston University Consortium Scholarship (1992) and the Boston University/Chelsea Partnership Scholarship (1991). He was also awarded the Lexington Education Foundation Grant (1994–1995) to develop a jazz choral curriculum while studying with Peter Phillips of the Tallis Scholars in Rimini, Italy (2003).

O’Connell has performed with the Handel and Haydn Society and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. He is the founder and current director of the Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop in Italy for music educators and conductors. He is also director of choral activities at Lexington High School and serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell.

O’Connell is the former voice department chair at Berklee College, director of choral activities at Tufts University and guest conductor at Northeastern University. He has developed curriculum and taught graduate choral conducting at the New England Conservatory (NEC) and choral methods/conducting at Boston University. As part of his Boston University/Chelsea Partnership, he served as lead teacher. O’Connell has directed the Handel and Haydn Youth Chorus, Cambridge Chorale, Nashua Choral Society, Quincy Choral Society, Neponset Choral Society and Nashoba Valley Chorale; he has premiered works by Kacinskas, Levine, Maloof, Prosser and other composers. Additionally, O’Connell is a frequent festival conductor and adjudicator. He has made several recordings in the commercial music industry. O’ Connell is currently a member of Phi Delta Kappa and is a former president of the Massachusetts branch of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

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