Dr. Gregory W. Brown [ CV ] is a composer, conductor, scholar, and experimental musician living and working in Western Massachusetts, where he serves as founding artistic director for the Smith College Festival of Sound & Space. He recently completed a three-year appointment as Iva Dee Hiatt Distinguished Lecturer and Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Smith College in Northampton, MA, where he conducted the Smith College Chorus and taught conducting, choral literature, and sight-singing. Prior to his time at Smith, he served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at The College of Wooster, where he conducted the Wooster Chorus and taught composition and music technology. Other teaching and conducting positions include work at Amherst College, the University of Georgia, University of Massachusetts (Amherst), and The Putney School.
Brown received his DMA in 2006 from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia, where he studied with Allen Crowell. He received his MM in 2001 from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where he studied with Joseph Flummerfelt, Andrew Megill, and James Jordan. In January of 2004, Dr. Brown was one of six conductors chosen from an international pool to take part in the 24th National Conductor’s Symposium with Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir.
Brown is an avid composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music, with performances throughout the United States and Europe. His studies were taken with 2000 Pulitzer Prize winner Lewis Spratlan, Stefan Young, Adrian Childs, and Leonard V. (“Chic”) Ball. His recent commissions for vocal ensemble New York Polyphony have been heard on American Public Media’s Performance Today, Minnesota Public Radio, Kansas Public Radio, and Danish National Radio; and his latest major work, the Missa Charles Darwin, was featured at a recent TEDx event in Woods Hole, MA, with the full premiere coming shortly thereafter as part of the Falmouth Forum. Recent commissions include works for New York Polyphony, Athens Guitar Trio, Longmeadow High School Accidentals, Manhattan Choral Ensemble, the Machine Project‘s Little William Theater Festival of New Music, the 2012 Five-College Choral Festival in Northampton, MA, the Sanibel (FL) Community Chorus, and the Da Camera Singers.
Brown’s experiences as a choral singer include concerts with the New York Philharmonic (including world premieres of works by Thomas Adès, Stephen Paulus, and Kaija Saariaho), the Philadelphia Orchestra (Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis ), and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (Grammy-award winning recording of Dvořak’s Requiem ).
Dr. Brown is an active scholar, serving as a Managing Editor of The Choral Scholar, the online journal of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. In 2006, he was invited to present a paper at an international symposium in Coimbra, Portugal, on the music of composer Fernando Lopes-Graça. Brown was chosen to present his analysis of Brahms’s Gesang der Parzen at a poster session at the 2007 ACDA National Convention in Miami, FL.
Nine Bagatelles for Guitar Trio on Emergence from Athens Guitar Trio
Missa Charles Darwin digital EP on Navona
forthcoming: full release of choral works (including Missa Charles Darwin) on Navona, early 2014