Born in 1985 in Las Vegas and raised in Vancouver, WA, Brandon Stewart reluctantly began his music career due to a public school arts requirement. He started first as a clarinetist, dabbled in most of the instruments which comprised the wind ensemble (with differing degrees of success), was informed he could sing in college, and finally started composing soon after. His music has been performed in the US and abroad by groups including the Delphinium Quartet, Northwest New Music, the Oregon Chamber Players, KBOO radio, CoMA Bristol, the Bristol Ensemble, the American Creators Chorus (Craig Hella Johnson, dir.) at the 2013 and 2014 Oregon Bach Festival Composer Symposia, as well as during the Portland new music festival, March Music Moderne.
Brandon is also an active vocalist having performed in groups in both the US and the UK. Ensembles with which he has performed include Portland Summerfest's Opera in the Park, Portland Symphonic Choir, the City of Bristol Choir, and BRAVO! Vancouver with whom he was a tenor soloist in their productions of Leonard Bernstein's MASS and as Ralph Rackstraw in Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore.
Brandon holds an Associate of Arts from Clark College, a BM in composition from Marylhurst University, and a MA in music composition with distinction from the University of Bristol. His past composition mentors include Robert Priest, John F. Paul, Michael Ellison, and John Pickard. His vocal mentors include April Brookins Duvic, James Schmitt, and Jill Soltero.
" ...simultaneously innovative, intellectually stimulating, but most of all emotionally moving." - Maria Choban, Oregon ArtsWatch
Three Representative Works:
- Facades for cello and piano
- I Shall not Care for SSATTB choir
- The Telephone for mezzo soprano and piano trio
Visit Me Online:
• Web: Brandon Stewart
• Video YouTube
Oregon Connection: I grew up just across the river in Vancouver, WA but ultimately came down to Marylhurst University for my undergrad in composition. It seems that half my life is lived in Oregon as I am currently the tenor section leader at the First Presbyterian Church of Portland and sing with the Portland Symphonic Choir.