Dr. Bradley T. Barrett is in his fourteenth year as Artistic Director with the Chorale Midwest, Chorale Midwest Chamber Singers and the Pro Musica Women’s Ensemble. In addition to this position, he is presently the Conductor-in-Residence for Honor Choir USA (Miami, OK and Honolulu, HI), where he is planning such artistic endeavors as an Ecumenical Honor Church Choir, a Community College Honor Choir, and a Community/Civic Honor Choir. Dr. Barrett is a honor graduate from Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State University) where he received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in voice/choral conducting. He is a honor graduate of the University of Arizona, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting and vocal performance and studied under Dr. Maurice Skones (conducting), Dr. Bruce Chamberlain (conducting), and Charles Roe (voice).
Barrett taught choral music in the public schools for sixteen years, where his students performed at the state, regional, and national levels as well as concert tours throughout Europe and the United States. His high school students consistently held record numbers of I ratings at both district and state music festivals. During his high school teaching career, his choirs performed in such venues as Sacre Coeur (France), Notre Dame (France), Saint Chapelle (France), St. Johns Church (England), St. James Church-Piccadilly (England), Westminster Cathedral (England) and St. Giles Cathedral (Scotland), and Alte Kirche (Holland). As a member of the National Association of the Teacher’s of Singing, his private students were consistently named state and regional finalists.
While attending the University of Arizona, he conducted the Symphonic choir, the university’s premiere undergraduate mixed choral ensemble. In addition, he performed roles in several of the university’s Opera Theatre productions, served as opera chorus director, choral assistant for the university-sponsored Community Choir, and vocal soloist for several choral performances/collaborations.
From 2002 – 2009, Dr. Barrett was on faculty at the University of Northern Iowa where he conducted the Varsity Men’s Glee Club, UNI Singers, and the Chamber Singers. During that time, he taught undergraduate and graduate choral conducting, choral methods and techniques, graduate history and survey of large choral forms, and graduate administration of the music program. While at UNI, the Chamber Singers auditioned and were selected to participate in the National ACDA Convention held in Miami, Florida (2007). Under his direction, the Varsity Men’s Glee Club performed in such venues as: Ruthin Castle (Wales), Christ’s Church-Dublin (Ireland), St. Asaph’s Cathedral (Wales), Sheldonian Theatre (England), St. Paul’s Covent Garden (England), St. Vitus Cathedral (Czech Republic), Lodz Cultural Center (Poland), Chapel of Mirrors (Czech Republic), St. Kinga’s Chapel (Poland), and Maria Zaccaria Church (Poland).
Under his direction, the Chorale Midwest has enjoyed many successes and achievements. In 2010, the Chorale Midwest was invited to perform on the Iowa Choral Directors’ Summer Symposium. In addition, the Chorale Midwest and the Chorale Midwest Chamber Singers appeared with Orchestra Iowa in their 2011 Christmas Performances, with repeat performances set for this December. In March 2014, the Chorale Midwest will be in collaboration with Orchestra Iowa and the Des Moines Choral Arts Society in the performing of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and William Walton’s Te Deum.
This last June, Dr. Barrett and forty-five singers from the Cedar Valley, presented a ten-day concert tour of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and England. The tour included performances in the following venues: Christ’s Church Cathedral (Ireland), Bray Methodist Church (Ireland), Liberton Kirk (Scotland), Liverpool Cathedral (England), Lancaster Cathedral (England), Ripon Cathedral (England), Southland Methodist Church (England), Selby Abbey (England), and Wembley Park United Reformed Church (England).
Barrett often serves as a clinician, adjudicator and director for festivals and competitions throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Dr. Barrett recently fulfilled his duties as Interim National Repertoire and Standards Chair for College and University, as well as the ACDA North Central Division Repertoire and Standards Chair for College and University. Prior to that assignment, he served the same organization as ACDA North Central Division Repertoire and Standards Chair for Youth and Student Activities. Dr. Barrett has also served as the Iowa delegate to the board of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. In addition, Barrett had the honor and privilege to serve the Iowa Choral Directors’ Association as the Convention Chair for the 2008 Iowa Choral Director’s Summer Symposium. He is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, American Choral Director’s Association, Music Educators National Conference, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Delta Kappa. In his spare time, Barrett enjoys giving private lessons in voice and conducting, as well as showing and raising Percheron and Tennessee Walking horses.