Brad Wells

Brad Wells
Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence and Director of Choral/Vocal Activities, Lecturer in Music
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Bernhard Music Center Rm 34

Education

B.A. Principia College, Choral Conducting (1984)
M.M. University of Texas, Austin, Choral Conducting (1986)
M.M.A. Yale University, Choral Conducting (1998)
D.M.A. Yale University, Choral Conducting (2005)

Courses

Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

MUS 174(F, S)

The Singing Voice: Styles and Meaning

MUS 211

Arranging for Voices

MUS 381

Choral Conducting

Biography

Conductor, singer, and composer Brad Wells directs the choral program, oversees and teaches studio voice, and leads courses in conducting, arranging and voice science and style.  Wells is also founder and director of Roomful of Teeth, a professional vocal ensemble dedicated to creating new music that incorporates the full range of the singing voice, from bel canto to yodeling to Tuvan throat singing.  The ensemble has premiered works by Judd Greenstein, Caroline Shaw, Rinde Eckert, Caleb Burhans, William Brittelle, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Missy Mazzoli, among others, and their 2012 debut album has been widely praised.  Wells has held conducting positions at Yale University, Trinity College, University of California at Berkeley and California State University, Chico, and has directed choirs of all ages.  His ensembles have performed throughout North and South America, South Africa and Europe.  In 2007 Wells commissioned and led the Williams Concert Choir in the world premiere in Palestrina, Italy, of Judd Greenstein’s Lamenting, a work based on Renaissance composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s settings of Hebrew letters from his Lamentations.  In 2006 he assisted with the world premiere of Philip Miller’s REwind: A Cantata for tape, testimony and voice in Cape Town, South Africa, and conducted the U.S. premiere at the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival in New York City.  His ensembles have performed with the renowned Durban-based ensemble, Siphithemba.  A champion of Estonian choral music, he has led the U.S. premieres of works by numerous Estonian composers including Raimo Kangro, Jüri-Ruut Kangur, and Lembit Veevo.  He has lectured and published articles on the physiology and acoustics of non-classical vocal styles and the role of singing in film.  As a singer he has performed and recorded with such ensembles as Paul Hillier’s Theatre of VoicesPhilharmonia Baroque Orchestra (under Nicholas McGegan and Philip Brett) and the California Choral Company (under William Dehning). In 1998 he was the recipient of the Aidan Kavanagh Achievement Prize from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.  Wells received the Doctor of Musical Arts (2005), Yale University; Master of Musical Arts (1998), Yale University; Master of Music (1986), University of Texas at Austin; B.A. (1984), Principia College.