Bio

Brian is no stranger to theatre. He was a member of the chorus at Michigan Opera Theatre for the debut of DiChiera’s Cyrano, and continued with La Traviata, Madame Butterfly, Carmen, The Mikado, La Boheme and Rigoletto. Beginning the 2009-2010 season with Nabucco and Don Giovanni, Brian made his main stage debut in the role of Spoletta in Tosca in May of 2010.   He also depicted a “slimy, reprehensible Monastatos clothed in a ringing tenor that was happily free of the character’s disgusting physical attributes,” according to Opera News, during Michigan Opera Theatre’s Magic Flute in April of 2011.  Brian also received acclaim for his portrayal of the comical Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro.  

He appears as a tenor soloist regularly in the Detroit area and internationally for works such as Handel’s “Messiah,” Verdi’s “Requiem,” and others, including a long list of relatively new works. Opera News quotes Brian as having a “ringing tenor” and being “especially impressive…with firm tonal impact.”

A native of Detroit, attended Wayne State University for undergraduate work in instrumental education and voice performance; here he received acclaim in both operatic and musical theatre productions. He has given life to such roles as Frederic in Pirates of Penzance and Che in Evita.

Brian has appeared as a guest artist on many programs; he has made appearances at churches and theatres all over metro Detroit and around the world.

Brian has also received recognition for his work with early music and oratorio.  He has been a part of the recording process for many new works, specifically in the metro Detroit area.

Brian also does freelance work singing and playing piano. He is at hire for weddings, funerals, church services and many other needs.

As an active member of MSVMA (Michigan School Vocal Music Association), he has cultivated professional success as a choral conductor, clinician, adjudicator and accompanist all across the state of Michigan.  He accompanies and directs regularly, as well as serving as District Manger and Coordinator of State Choral Festival.  He is the full-time accompanist at Rochester High School in Rochester, Mi, and OneVoice, based in Grosse Pointe, Mi.

Following a 10 year post as Assistant Director of Music at Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Brian currently takes residence on the music staff of The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Midtown, Detroit, and as Assistant Director of Music at Holy Name Catholic Church in Birmingham, Mi.  He also serves as Assistant Director of the Festival Choir at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, Mi.

Brian served as Music Director for the national tour of “The Cross and the Light” from 2013 to 2019.  He also receives arranger credits for his contributions to the work.

Brian is the Director of Cranbrook Theatre School, an offering of Special & Summer Programs at Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills.  He is a member of the American Camp Association.

Brian performs regularly with Opera Lite, serving as the entertainment at The Henry Ford’s “Holiday Nights” at the Eagle Tavern every December.

Brian serves on the board and as a tenor in Detroit’s acclaimed professional vocal ensemble Audivi.

Brian received certification from the Recording Institute of Detroit in 2002 and has since been a part of myriad audio projects, most recently with school, MSVMA, and the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan.  Brian has recently, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, incorporated video engineering into his skill set and has cultivated much success.

 

 

Personal testimonials include the thoughtful words of Kelly Longo:

“Brian, I was at a mass yesterday morning at which you sang. I tried finding you after the service to tell you how beautiful your voice is and how it touched me. I cannot remember being swept so completely away by someone’s singing. It was, for me, what a spiritual ceremony should be. Thank you for sharing your gift.”

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