A. Barron Breland, DM
A. Barron Breland, DM

A. Barron Breland, DM

Associate Professor
Chair, Fine and Performing Arts Department
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Fine & Performing Arts

Position

  • Associate Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Creighton University Chamber Choir, Music Theory, Diction
  • Honors: American Classical Music

Biography

A. Barron Breland has been a part of the music faculty at Creighton University since 2008, conducting the choral ensembles and teaching classes in theory, history, conducting, and diction. He is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician around the Midwest, and in his eighth year at Creighton, the Chamber Choir he conducts has performed at NMEA and North Central ACDA conferences and appears regularly with the Omaha Symphony. They have also more than doubled their number of performances on and off-campus, and they are performing the core repertoire of virtuoso chamber ensembles. In 2009 Breland completed his doctorate in choral conducting at the Jacobs School of Music, where he had been a member of the choral conducting faculty, preparing the University Singers for a performance with Dale Warland in 2008, and the previous fall giving over 12 performances as guest conductor of the 120-member Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers. With degrees in Music Theory and Choral Conducting from the University of Georgia and Indiana University, Breland has a diverse background in many different fields of music, including the piano and saxophone. Breland's first exposure to professional choral music was in 1990 as a member of the Atlanta Boy Choir, where he performed with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as in tours and festivals throughout Europe. Since then he has been active in the direction of many choral organizations, presently as the Artistic Director of the River City Mixed Chorus and the Music Director of Résonance.
 

Education

  • 2009 Doctor of Music in Choral Conducting Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, IN
  • 2003 Master of Music in Choral Conducting Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, IN
  • 2001 Bachelor of Music in Music Theory, cum laude Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Publications and Presentations

Presentations

  • Gallup Clifton StrengthsFinder Summit, Résonance, SNJ Singers, Gallup Singers, Century Link Center, Omaha, NE, 2016
  • Nebraska Choral Directors Association Annual Conference, Résonance, Doane College, Crete, NE, 2016
  • GALA Festival 2016, River City Mixed Chorus, Denver, CO, 2016
  • On with the Show, River City Mixed Chorus, Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha, NE, 2016
  • We Rise Again, River City Mixed Chorus, First-Plymouth Congregational Church, Lincoln, NE, 2016
  • Artist Showcase: The Birds and the Bees, Résonance, Pizza Shoppe Collective, Omaha, NE, 2016
  • Of Wonder and Whimsy, River City Mixed Chorus, First Central Congregational Church, Omaha, NE, 2015
  • Creighton's Classical Christmas: Lessons and Carols, Creighton University Chamber Choir, Creighton University Chorus, St. John's Church, Omaha, NE, 2015
  • Celebrating the American Voice, Creighton University Chamber Choir, Creighton University Chorus, St. John's Church, Omaha, NE, 2015
  • Presidential Inauguration; Creighton University Chamber Choir; Ryan Athletic Center, Omaha, NE, 2015
  • 2015-2016 Season Preview Gala, Résonance, SNJ Studios, Omaha, NE, 2015
  • C'mon, Get Happy!, River City Mixed Chorus, Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha, NE, 2015
  • Music of the Creative Spirit, Résonance, Trinity Cathedral, Omaha, NE, 2015
  • "sun, moon, stars, rain," Creighton University Chorus, Mainstage, Lied Education Center for the Arts, Omaha, NE, 2015
  • We Sing Out, River City Mixed Chorus, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Lincoln, NE, 2015
  • To The Moon: A Choral Collaborative, Creighton University Chamber Choir, Creighton University Chorus, University of Nebraska-Omaha Chamber Choir, St. John's Church, Omaha, NE, 2015
  • Holidays with a Twist, River City Mixed Chorus, First United Methodist Church, Omaha, NE, 2014
  • Creighton's Classical Christmas, Creighton University Chamber Choir, Creighton University Chorus, St. John's Church, Omaha, NE, 2014
  • Holidays Under Glass, Creighton University Chamber Choir, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE, 2014
  • Sounds of the Rain; Creighton University Chamber Choir, Creighton University Chorus; St. John's Church, Omaha, NE, 2014
  • Closer Than Ever: 30 Years with the River City Mixed Chorus; River City Mixed Chorus; Mainstage, Lied Education Center for the Arts, Omaha, NE, 2014
  • Hymns of the Sun; Creighton University Chamber Choir, Creighton University Chorus; Mainstage, Lied Education Center for the Arts, Omaha, NE, 2014
  • Duruflé Requiem; Creighton University Chamber Choir, Creighton University Chorus; St. John's Church, Omaha, NE, 2014
  • River City's Rock-n-Roll Holidays; River City Mixed Chorus; Mainstage, Lied Education Center for the Arts, Omaha, NE, 2013
  • Creighton's Classical Christmas: Britten's Saint Nicolas; Creighton University Chamber Choir, Creighton University Chorus, Creighton University Symphony Orchestra, St. Cecilia's Cathedral Children's Chorus, Drew Duncan, tenor; First United Methodist Church, Omaha, NE, 2013
  • Brahms Requiem; Creighton University Chamber Choir; St. John's Church, Omaha, NE, 2013
  • Not the Same Old Song and Dance; River City Mixed Chorus; Strauss Performing Arts Center, Omaha, NE, 2013
  • Mozart Requiem; Creighton University Chamber Choir, Creighton University Women's Chorus, Creighton University Symphony Orchestra, guest soloists; Mainstage, Lied Education Center for the Arts, Omaha, NE, 2013
  • Renaissance Music; South Central Renaissance Conference; Creighton University Chamber Choir; Embassy Suites, Omaha, NE, 2013
  • Songs of Hope; Creighton University Chamber Choir, Creighton University Women's Chorus; St. John's Church, Omaha, NE, 2013
  • Dames at Sea; Musical Director; Studio Theater, Lied Education Center for the Arts, Omaha, NE, 2013