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)
Lyell B. Clay artist in residence Brad Wells directs the vocal program and teaches courses in conducting, arranging and voice science and style at Williams. Wells is also founder and director of the GRAMMY-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. This new music “vocal band,” whose debut album on New Amsterdam Records was praised as a “sensually stunning debut album” (The New York Times) and topped many end-of-year lists in 2012, performs in festivals, on concert stages and in educational residencies nationally and internationally. Wells directed Roomful of Teeth’s recording of the Pulitzer-winning composition, Partita, by ensemble member Caroline Shaw. His compositions Render and Otherwise will be featured on the group’s second album (to be released in April 2015). He 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, in Europe and in South Africa. Wells 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 Voices, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the California Choral Company. Wells holds degrees from Yale University, the University of Texas at Austin and Principia College.