Choral Reading Session Accompanist
Bryan Anderson enjoys a versatile career as a concert organist, church musician, and musical collaborator. The Diapason, which named Bryan to its “20 under 30” Class of 2017, called him “brilliant, yet quiet and unassuming.” Classical Voice of North Carolina described his playing as “simply first class.” He has been broadcast on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams;” other credits include performances on NPR’s “From the Top” and WWFM’s Curtis Calls. Having performed to acclaim at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society, Bryan’s reputation as a sensitive and facile musician is already well-established.
As an organist, Bryan has performed at such venues as the Kennedy Center, Verizon Hall, Spivey Hall, Princeton University Chapel, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC), and Woolsey Hall at Yale University. For several years, Bryan was an assistant organist at the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ in Philadelphia, performing concerts on a weekly basis. A lover of chamber music in all its facets, he often incorporates ensemble work in organ concerts, recently including percussion, cello, second keyboard instruments, and electronics in performances of rarely-heard works. Well versed in the art of transcription, Bryan has prepared and performed original solo versions of Durufle’s “Tambourin,” Op. 6, No. 3; Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis;” and organ arrangements of Charles-Valentin Alkan’s “Etudes pour le pieds seulement.” Bryan is a past winner of the American Guild of Organists’ Regional Competition for Young Organists (2011), and the Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition (2009).
Additionally, Bryan is adept at performing large choral and orchestral repertoire. In April 2018 he performed Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with the Houston Masterworks Chorus; in 2017, Strauss’ “Eine Alpensinfonie” with the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra at Rice University. Bryan has also performed Poulenc’s Organ Concerto on multiple occasions, Saint-Saens’ “Organ Symphony” No. 3, the solo versions and chamber orchestrations of Durufle’s and Faure’s Requiems, and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 as harpsichord soloist. In the realm of early music, Bryan is an accomplished continuo artist and harpsichordist, having worked with such notables as Jeffrey Thomas, Trevor Pinnock, and Julianne Baird.
Bryan is currently employed as Interim Director of Music at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School in Houston, TX, and as adjunct music faculty at Houston Community College. He previously held positions at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston; Wells Cathedral in Somerset, England; and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Tenth Presbyterian Church, both in Philadelphia. He has taken an active role in church music education, teaching children’s choirs in England and Houston, and working in various courses and events of the Royal School of Church Music in America.
Bryan received his Master’s Degree in organ performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in May 2018, where he studied with Ken Cowan. Bryan’s undergraduate work was completed at the Curtis Institute of Music, resulting in his Bachelor’s Degree in organ with Alan Morrison. He received an Artist Diploma in harpsichord (studying with Leon Schelhase). Previous teachers were Jeannine Morrison, in piano, and Sarah Martin, in organ.