Brad Pierson is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Toledo. Brad earned his B.M. from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, M.M from California State University-Los Angeles, and D.M.A. from the University of Washington. Prior to his appointment at Toledo, he was an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Western Illinois University. Previously, Pierson taught at Cheyenne High School and Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas, where his choirs earned superior ratings in Nevada, California, and Arizona. In 2005, Brad founded the Las Vegas A Cappella Summit, an event bringing contemporary a cappella music to high school students. Brad has presented at the state music educator conferences in Nevada (2009, 2010), Illinois (2015, 2016), Kansas (2017) and Ohio (2017), as well as ACDA Western (2010), Southwestern (2016), and Northwestern (2016) Division Conferences. He is in demand as a clinician, conductor, and adjudicator throughout the United States.
In 2012, Brad founded whateverandeveramen., a project-based choral ensemble which is focused on breaking down the traditional audience/performer paradigm by creating unique, and non-traditional performance events. w&ea. has performed the world premiere of works by Paul Ayres, David V. Montoya, and critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Gabriel Kahane.
Below is a .pdf copy of my curriculum vitae and teaching philosophy. High-Resolution photos and other media are available upon request.
Hobbies and Interests
In addition to my work as a conductor and music educator, I have several other passions. I am an avid sports fan (Cubs, Blackhawks, Bears, Bulls and the FIghting Illini). I enjoy cooking and try to experiment whenever I can. Grilling in the backyard is one of my favorite ways to spend summers and weekends. I am a craft beer enthusiast and enjoy traveling to breweries and great brew pubs around the country. I am the commissioner of an awesome fantasy football league with 11 of my best friends. We travel to a different city every August for our draft!
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