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Composer and Conductor Biography of Julian David Bryson


 

 

 

 

 

 

Julian
David
Bryson

Composer
Conductor
Educator

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Composer and Conductor Biography of Julian David Bryson


 

 

 

 

 

 

Julian
David
Bryson

Composer
Conductor
Educator

Music provides a perfect opportunity to practice living without the risk of dying.

 

b.1980

Knoxville, TN

 

Jacksonville University

Director of Choral Studies

 

Founding Member

Triad:  Boston's Choral Collective

 

Julian is the Director of Choral Activities at Jacksonville University (FL). He was previously Associate Professor of Fine and Applied Arts at Curry College in Milton, MA and earned his DMA in choral conducting from the University of Kentucky under the guidance of Jefferson Johnson and Lori Hetzel.  His dissertation focused on collectively organized choirs, including Triad: Boston's Choral Collective, of which Julian is a founding member.  

At JU, he leads the University Singers and Choral Union, teaches Conducting and Music Appreciation. His work at Curry included leading two choirs and teaching various music and arts electives including Introduction to Fine Arts, Western Classical Music, Music in Film, and Music Theory:  Songwriting.  He helped to design and teach an interdisciplinary course for Curry's inaugural First Year Inquiry program entitled Monstrous: Within/Without.  In 2019, Curry’s Excellence in Teaching Committee awarded him for “Excellence and Scholarship in the Field”.

Julian taught musicians at the Randolph School of Huntsville, AL and the Carlisle School of Martinsville, VA, while also accompanying community, regional, and state music events including Alabama and Kentucky All-State Choirs.  He has served as musical director for a range of productions including Carmen, The Mikado, Oliver, Urinetown, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

An active composer and arranger, Julian holds degrees in conducting and composition from the University of Tennessee, studying with David Stutzenberger, Angela Batey, and Kenneth Jacobs. His awards and commissions include being named a Semi-Finalist for The American Prize in Professional Choral Composition, A Parable of Choices winning the Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition, Redemption Mass winning the American Choral Directors Association Brock Memorial Student Composition Competition, and the Florida Vocal Association commissioning Clarion Call for their All-State Men’s Chorus and Concert Band.  Other works have appeared on recitals and concerts across the southeast, winning awards, performances, and commissions from the UK Men's Chorus, College Music Society, Southeastern Composers' League, University of Tennessee, Youth Performing Arts School of Louisville, Catholic Diocese of Lexington Choir Festival, Huntsville Community Chorus Association, First Baptist Church of Huntsville, Roane Choral Society, Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers, and the Society of Composers.

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Composer Commissions for Julian David Bryson


Composer Commissions for Julian David Bryson


Commissions

2019

The Field (Ubi Caritas) (SATB, String Trio, Piano, and Percussion)

San Jacinto College Choir

2018

Stars Beyond (SATB, Handbells, and Piano)

Hazel Green United Methodist Church

Green Is the Color of Its Flame (SATB and Piano)

Huntsville Community Chorus Chamber Chorale

2016

All Things New (SATB and String Quartet) View the score

Nicholas Nickl Ordination

2015

Clarion Call (TTBB and Concert Band)

Florida Vocal and Bandmasters Associations Men's Chorus and Concert Band

2014

Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
(2pt. Treble w/descant and Piano)

10th Anniversary Diocese of Lexington Area Choir Concert

...with music... (TTBB and Piano)

Youth Performing Arts School of Louisville Gentelemen's Ensemble
Intercollegiate Male Chorus Festival, New Brunswick, NJ

2013

Scene from the Student Prince (TTBB and Piano)
Minstrel Boy (TTBB and Piano)  View the score

 

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY MEN'S CHORUS

The First Noel
(Multiple Choirs, Soloists, and Instrumental Ensemble)

Combined University of Kentucky Choirs and Orchestra

Auld Lang Syne (SATB and Celtic Band)
One Note Samba (TTBB and Piano)

HUNTSVILLE COMMUNITY CHORUS ASSOCIATION

2010 & Before

Come, Christians Join to Sing
(Unison/2pt Treble with Piano, C Instrument, and Congas)

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, HUNTSVILLE, AL

Presidential Campaign Songs Medley (SATB and Piano)
The Parting Glass (SATB and Celtic Band)
Rocky Road to Dublin (SATB and Celtic Band)
St. Brendan's Fair Isle (SATB and Celtic Band)
Minstrel Boy (SATB and Piano) View the Score

Huntsville Community Chorus Association

I'm Gonna Sing (SATB, a cappella)

Roane Choral Society

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Composer Awards for Julian David Bryson


Composer Awards for Julian David Bryson


Awards

2019 Curry College Excellence in Teaching Committee

Award for Excellence and Scholarship in the Field

2018-2019 The American Prize in Composition—choral (Professional Division) finalist

A Parable of Choices
Green Is the Color of Its Flame
All Things New

2018 Walter Hussey Composition Competition, Semi-Finalist

e pluribus unum (Hope Like Gold)

2017 Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition, Winner

A Parable of Choices

2013 ACDA Brock Memorial Student Composition Competition

Redemption Mass

2011 HUNTSVILLE NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL

Lacrimas

2002 SOutheastern Composers League Conference

Masters in This Hall

2002 Southeastern Composers League Undergraduate Award

2001 Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers First Place Winner

Pressing Instincts (Mallet Percussion Ensemble)

2001 Southeastern Composers League Conference

Never Handle Firearms Carelessly (Mezzo-soprano and Piano)