Brad Wells awarded Korn Founders Award by Chorus America

Brad Wells is the 2019 recipient of the Korn Founders Award. Named after one of the founders of Chorus America, this award was established in 1978 to honor an individual with a lifetime of significant contributions to the professional choral art. Brad Wells is the founder and director of Roomful of Teeth, a Grammy-winning eight-voice ensemble that reimagines the expressive potential of the human voice. Wells brings in master teachers and performers from a vast range of singing traditions that include yodeling, Tuvan and Inuit methods of throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music, and Death Metal singing—among others—to continually expand the musical vocabulary of Roomful of Teeth’s daring singers. Most of the music that the ensemble performs is written specifically for them through intensive collaboration with leading composers in new music, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for 8 Voices by member Caroline Shaw. As director of the vocal program at Williams College, Wells teaches courses in conducting and voice science, and has published articles on the physiology and acoustics of non-classical vocal styles. Through his life’s work, Wells is breaking down preconceptions about classical music ensemble singers, and his unconventional approach to the creative process is a new model for the choral world. more