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Meet Bryan Stenson

Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Bryan Hiroto Stenson attended St. Mary’s International School where his parents teach music and choir. Bryan earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, where he was very active in the university’s choral and opera programs, singing with their award-winning Choir of the West under the direction of Richard Nance, and starring in opera productions such as Semele (Jupiter), Albert Herring (Albert), and Die Fledermaus (Eisenstein). Following graduation, he was accepted into the Tacoma Opera Young Artist Program and served a year-long music internship with the Tacoma Youth Chorus and Charles Wright Academy under the guidance of Judith Herrington. This conducting experience led him to pursue the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he served as Conducting Fellow for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Assistant Conductor of the Butler Chorale under the direction of Eric Stark and Henry Leck. During this time, he prepared and performed numerous major choral symphonic works including Verdi’s Requiem, Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. While in Indiana, Bryan also served as Choir Director at First Congregational Church (UCC) of Indianapolis. He later went on to teach music at Gunston Middle School in Arlington County, Virginia, and served as director of the Bel Canto ensemble with the Children’s Chorus of Washington, DC. In 2014, Bryan auditioned for The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and won a seat as a member of The U.S. Army Voices. In addition, he has served as Artistic Director of the Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg, and he is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at George Mason University. He and his wife, McKenna, will be moving to Denton this fall, where she will be studying choral conducting at the University of North Texas. He is excited to finally move to Texas, and to be part of the community at Christ United Methodist Church.