Brett Judson graduated from Yale School of Music, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the Eastman School of Music, and Crystal Cathedral High School. He was recently appointed Assistant Director of the New Haven Chorale, and will help prepare pieces such as J.C. Bach’s Magnificat, Charpentier’s Te Deum, and Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus. Brett has conducted Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass, Schütz’s Passion According to St. John, and has two performances of Handel’s Messiah scheduled for June 2015. He studied choral conducting privately with Pamela Perry and Donald Neuen, a past Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Shaw. Brett commissioned five sacred choral anthems from the Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) award-winning composer Scott Perkins.
Brett’s organ teachers include J. Christopher Pardini, Mark Thallander, David Goode, Wayne Foster, William Porter, and Martin Jean. He has coached with David Higgs, Paul Jacobs, and Fred Swann. Brett received the Barnes Award for Excellence in Pipe Organ at Eastman and was a finalist in the 2010 Poister Organ Competition. He has performed on the international television program Hour of Power and the radio broadcast Pipedreams! He has performed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (NYC), St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue (NYC), Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Los Angeles, CA), First Congregational Church (Los Angeles, CA), Evangel University (Springfield, MO), Christ Church, Episcopal (New Haven, CT), Bergen Cathedral (Norway), and Stavanger Cathedral (Norway). Brett is the Festival Organist for the Mark Thallander Foundation, which hosts choral festivals across the nation. While at Yale, he was an organist at Marquand Chapel at Yale Divinity School.
Brett is co-founder of Encore Music Creations, LLC, which provides concerts, hymn festivals, and lessons, and publishes choral music. He is Director of Music at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Manchester, CT. Under his leadership, Emanuel has sponsored concerts with Concora, one of Connecticut’s professional choirs (directed by Richard Coffey), and Charis Chamber Singers (directed by Arthur Sjögren). He is a board member of the New Haven Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Brett serves as co-program chair for the AGO’s 2015 Regional Convention in New Haven. He serves on the board of University Lutheran Campus Ministry at Yale. www.brettjudson.net