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Meet the Washington Sängerbund‘s conductor
Nicholas "Nick" Brown
who started with the fall season 2013.

Brown Nicholas Alexander Brown is a Honduran-American conductor, musicologist and producer based in Washington, DC. He is a music specialist/concert producer at the Library of Congress and the music director/founder of The Irving Fine Society. Nicholas is currently conductor of the Library of Congress Chorale and Washington Sängerbund. He recently led the Library of Congress Chorale in a performance during the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize festivities, in honor of Willie Nelson. The Chorale was the only opening act for the 2014 Gershwin Prize award show and concert, featuring Billy Joel.
      Nicholas previously served as music director and founder of Boston Unhinged Chamber Players, staff conductor for Boston Opera Collaborative, assistant conductor of the King’s College London Symphony Orchestra, Brandeis University Chorus, Brandeis University Chamber Choir and Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra. He served as junior enlisted conductor for the 215th Army Band (U.S. Army). Nicholas previously worked in the Office of the President and Provost at Harvard University, and held internships in the Office of the First Lady at The White House and in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Press Office.
      As a guest conductor Nicholas has collaborated with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Honduras, Orion Symphony Orchestra, Kammerphilharmonie Graz, Friday Morning Music Club Chorale, the Valley Forge Military Academy & College Regimental Band and Regimental Choir and the New England Conservatory Youth Repertory Orchestra. In conducting workshops and master classes he has studied with Jorma Panula, Markus Lehtinen, Achim Holub, Diane Wittry, and Anthony Maiello. His principal conducting teachers and mentors include Jeffrey Rink, Toby Purser, Dominic Grier, Neal Hampton, Stephen Czarkowski and James Olesen. He has had the privilege of conducting the London Philharmonic Choir, the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own", the U.S. Army Orchestra, and the U.S. Navy Band Northeast in rehearsals.
      Nicholas is a Baritone vocalist and has performed with the London Symphony Chorus, London Philharmonic Choir, BBC Symphony Chorus and Tanglewood Festival Chorus under the batons of Sir Colin Davis, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnányi, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Sir Andrew Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Oliver Knussen, Vladimir Jurowski, Edward Gardner and Keith Lockhart. He has also performed with the Brandeis University Chorus & Chamber Choir and Voices of Freedom. As a soloist he has presented programs in the United States and Europe. He regularly sings the National Anthem at official government and military events, as well as at major sporting events (New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship). Nicholas studied voice with Pamela Wolfe.
      As a French horn player Nicholas served in the 215th Army Band, stationed in Fall River, Massachusetts. He has performed as a soloist with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Honduras. He has also concertized with the Commonwealth Brass Quintet, King’s College London Symphony Orchestra (Associate Principal), Orion Orchestra, Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra (Principal), Opera Camerata of Washington, Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, Brandeis Wind Ensemble, and the Valley Forge Military Academy & College Regimental Band (Principal).
      Nicholas has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall, Tanglewood, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Salisbury Cathedral, the Embassies of France and Austria in Washington D.C., DAR Constitution Hall, the University of Klagenfurt, Austria, Mirabell Palace in Salzburg, Austria and Teatro Nacional Manuel Bonilla in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
      Nicholas serves as a regular program annotator for Concerts from the Library of Congress and has lectured for the Library of Congress and Boston Modern Orchestra Project/The Irving Fine Society. He is contributor to the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts (Oxford University Press, 2015) and blogs for the Library of Congress and HuffPost Blog. Nicholas is a past chair of the Library of Congress GLOBE Steering Committee, is the president of the Library of Congress Hispanic Cultural Society, and is on the board of directors of the District Arts Collaborative.
2014 Fall Concert
2014 Fall Concert at the Embassy of Austria
Washington Saengerbund and
Czarkowski String Quintet
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      He holds a Master of Music in Music (Musicology) from King's College London and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University, where he received a B.A. in Music (High Honors) and History, with a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. His Master’s dissertation is entitled “That New American Salute: Leonard Bernstein’s Examination of 20th Century American Social Identity in Songfest,” completed under the supervision of Dr. Andy Fry. His research and performance activities have been supported by grants from the Brandeis University Office of the Arts, the Center for German and European Studies and the Max Kade Foundation.

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