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Earlier this month, I took part in Mannes’ virtual graduation, earning my Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting. While we couldn’t celebrate in person, it was still a joyful occasion to mark the end of many years of schooling. I was privileged to study at Mannes among smart, friendly, musical colleagues and professors. David Hayes was instrumental in my development over the past two years, as were my studio mates, whom I admire very much. The next few years are exciting indeed. I’ve already moved to Philadelphia and look forward to working at Saint Mark’s on a full-time basis as their Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, among many other parts of the future to which I look forward.

I remain grateful to all my mentors and supporters over the years. They have shaped me in a way I could not do on my own. At the center of my support system is my family, and I remain thankful for all they do for me. I’m a lucky person indeed!

Here’s to much more ahead, and to celebrating what we’ve accomplished so far. My heartfelt thanks to all who’ve helped me along the way!

– Bryan Dunnewald, 30 May 2020

While we’re all stuck inside these days, St. Mark’s and I thought it’d be a great opportunity to show everyone what it looks like inside our Aeolian-Skinner organ at the church. I’ve put together this virtual tour of the organ for anyone who is interested in the instrument, engineering, or just finding out how things work. It’s rather simple in its presentation – one day I’ll go back and make a fancier one – but I hope it provides some interesting information from behind the facade! The video is below and can also be found on my YouTube channel.

– Bryan Dunnewald, 29 April 2020

I’m excited to share a new batch of recordings – hot off the press – of yours truly conducting the Mannes Orchestra! The videos are selections from my graduation concert back in February and feature Manuel de Falla’s masterpiece, The Three Cornered Hat. The orchestra worked diligently to put together the piece and I’m so grateful for their efforts. This was the ideal way for me to close out my time at Mannes, time I’ll remember fondly. I hope you’ll enjoy the new videos which are posted on the recordings page. Stay safe!

Final Dance from The Three Cornered Hat

– Bryan Dunnewald, 24 April 2020

I’m so glad to be back in St. Paul, MN to give at recital at St. Louis, King of France Church. There’s a reason I love coming back: a stunning organ, acoustic, and architecture! I hope you’ll join us for a lunchtime recital tomorrow (Tuesday).

  • Tuesday, 10 March 2020; 12:35pm. The Church of Saint Louis, King of France, St. Paul, MN. Bryan returns to the stunning Casavant organ to play a concert after the noon mass. A visit to the beautiful church for some music is sure to create a wonderful break in the middle of the day. Free and open to the public. Details are here and a program is here.

– Bryan Dunnewald, 9 March 2020

The Mannes Orchestra, Guillaume Pirard, and I are in the midst of rehearsals for our graduation concert on Friday, February 21. The orchestra is sounding great and making the repertoire come to life! I hope you’ll join us Friday for the culmination of our graduate studies in conducting; it’ll be an evening of wonderful music inspired by dramatic tales. Falla’s Three Cornered Hat will certainly touch your heart with Spanish soul and passion.

  • Friday, 21 February 2020; 7:30pm. Tishman Auditorium, The New School, New York, NY. Bryan presents his graduation concert with the Mannes Orchestra. He will lead the orchestra in a performance of Manuel de Falla’s masterpiece The Three Cornered Hat (complete), a tour de force of Spanish flare and dance music. Free and open to the public. Details are here.

– Bryan Dunnewald, 16 February 2020