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Master’s Degree Plans and Graduation Recital

After a lengthy audition season and seemingly endless consideration, I’m excited to announce I’ve accepted an offer to study orchestral conducting at Mannes School of Music in New York. I’ll be pursuing a master’s degree, studying with David Hayes and other brilliant faculty, some of which I’ve worked with here at Curtis. Mannes has a great conducting program, and I’m honored to join this vibrant community of musicians. Conducting has been a passion I’ve wanted to develop, and I’m very excited to take the plunge. (And not to worry, I’ll still be practicing and playing organ.) My heartfelt thanks to all who have supported me along the way, and here’s to more growth and fun ahead!

As a celebration of what’s ahead and a culmination of my time at Curtis, I’ll be presenting a graduation recital on Friday in Field Concert Hall. There will be works for solo organ by Hindemith, Bach, Widor and Dupré as well as Poulenc’s profane (his word) cantata Le bal masqué. We’ve already begun rehearsing the Poulenc and we’re thrilled to share this masterwork with you. The performance of this piece – for chamber orchestra and baritone – is a wonderful example of how generous and brilliant the Curtis community is, and I’m sure you’ll love the orchestra’s playing and Patrick’s singing. Please join us if you’re able!

  • Friday, 13 April 2018, 8:00pm; Field Concert Hall, The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA. Bryan will give his graduation recital in Field Hall. This concert will be the culmination of four years at Curtis and include works for solo organ in addition to Bryan conducting Poulenc’s Le Bal Masqué for baritone and chamber orchestra. Please join us for a special evening of music. Details can be found here and a program is here.

– Bryan Dunnewald, 9 April 2018