Brad Wells

Brad Wells

Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence and Director of Choral/Vocal Activities, Lecturer in Music

Bernhard Music Center Rm 34


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)


MUS 208

Arranging for Voices (not offered 2020/20)


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 College. Wells

is also founder and artistic director of the GRAMMY-winning vocal ensemble, Roomful of

Teeth. This new music “vocal band,” praised by WQXR as “the future of vocal music,”

performs regularly in festivals, on concert stages and in educational residencies

nationally and internationally. Roomful of Teeth’s debut recording, directed by Wells and

praised as “sensually stunning” by The New York Times, included the Pulitzer-winning

composition, Partita for 8 Voices, by ensemble member Caroline Shaw. His own

compositions – featured on the group’s second album, Render (2015) – have been

described as “objectively and subjectively gorgeous” (I Care If You Listen). 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, 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 and

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Wells holds degrees from Yale University, the

University of Texas at Austin and Principia College.