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After two summers and several projects over the years with Schoenstein & Co., I began my full-time position as Assistant to Tonal Director Jack Bethards on September 12. It’s been a great first two weeks, busy with the variety and challenge that attracted me to the field. So far my work has been focused on voicing, client relations, and some service work. I’m looking forward to upcoming tonal design on some new projects.

The people of Schoenstein have been welcoming and friendly, helping me with everything from company policy to rides to the BART station. I knew the company had a friendly culture and it’s comforting to be its recipient; I hope to return the favor to them and the next new person!

This is an exciting time for me and for Schoenstein, and I hope it’s the first of countless great work weeks ahead.

– Bryan Dunnewald; 24 September 2022

Today marks my final Sunday at Saint Mark’s after about seven years on staff, first as Organ Scholar and then as Assistant Organist and Choirmaster. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve wanted to work for Robert McCormick since I was in high school. Little did I know how much he would give to me musically and personally, and how close we would become! He has led me into musical adulthood during my time here and I will always be grateful for his generous mentorship and great friendship.

Saint Mark’s is a truly special place. It is a healthy, vibrant parish in a big city; it has people of all ages and backgrounds, including families, involved every day; it values beautiful worship with serious music making for all ages, volunteers and professionals alike; and these are just a few of the highlights! Wherever Maja and I go, we will remember fondly our time at Saint Mark’s, and I’ll hope to visit often whenever I’m nearby.

The music program during my time has only grown leaps and bounds, and I know it will continue to do so under Robert’s leadership. I am proud to have been a part of this great place and will be eager to see where the parish and music program go from here. Onwards and upwards!

– Bryan Dunnewald, 31 July 2022

Over the past few years my affinity for music of the old Hollywood studio composers has grown strong. Their singing melodies and charming words belie the musical sophistication in these songs of the cinema. The combination of the beautiful scores and gripping, passionate playing of the studio orchestras make those old movies come alive even today.

After listening to so many wonderful songs by various composers and studios I wanted to try my hand at writing a few myself. The result is a new set of five songs, A Musical Day, for voice and piano. My goal was to unapologetically channel the aforementioned composers with no concern for my songs sounding derivative. To my surprise, these songs turned out to be “musically honest” despite their obvious nods to the studio composers: they feel just as much a part of my musical voice as my other pieces.

What began as a light-hearted project became one that I love dearly. I hope you’ll find a piano, bring your friends, and sing these songs together. The only thing better is an evening on the patio!

A score can be downloaded from the compositions page.

– Bryan Dunnewald, 21 July 2022

The Saint Mark’s Singers and I are excited to give our second performance, Songs of Mary, this Sunday at 4:00pm. Since founding the Singers in October of last year it has been a privilege to work with dedicated musicians of all ages and backgrounds. Their singing has grown in technical skill and beautiful tone, and this concert represents a year of hard, fun work.

The program highlights the breadth of inspiration given to composers by Marian texts. There will be old favorites, some beautiful 19th-century gems, and even a world premiere. I hope you’ll join us for an afternoon of great singing!

This concert will be live-streamed on the Saint Mark’s Church website. Details are below:

  • Sunday, 15 May 2022; 4:00pm. Saint Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, PA. Bryan will conduct the Saint Mark’s Singers in their Spring concert, Songs of Mary. The program will feature a variety of works including Evening Services in the English tradition. Details are here and a program is here.

– Bryan Dunnewald, 11 May 2022

I’m looking forward to returning to First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe on Friday to give a recital on their beautiful C.B. Fisk organ. First Presbyterian is located in the historic center of Santa Fe and offers a unique chance to hear organ music in an adobe church. I hope you’ll join us for an hour of Bach and Vierne!

  • Friday, 6 May 2022; 5:30pm. First Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe, NM. Bryan will give a recital on the C.B. Fisk organ at First Presbyterian Church in beautiful Santa Fe. The 60-minute recital will offer a chance to hear great music in a historic church surrounded by rich New Mexico history and culture. Details can be found here and a program is here.

– Bryan Dunnewald, 5 May 2022