Charles Brown, DMA
Associate Professor of MusicDirector, Choral Activities
College of Arts and Sciences
Professor Brown teaches choral conducting, applied voice and music education at Concordia. He researches the study of music and artistry, specifically the changing male voice. He also studies different styles of singing in American culture and music teaching strategies. Professor Brown assists students with projects such as composing for a choir and arranging public performances.
As the conductor of Kapelle, Concordia’s choral performance ensemble, Professor Brown has toured extensively throughout the United States, with additional concerts to Argentina, Chile, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. Under his tenure, Kapelle has over five recordings, with an additional one in production.
Professor Brown taught in Pennsylvania and New Jersey public school systems. While in New Jersey, he conducted children’s choirs, taught general vocal music and developed curricula. He also directed church choirs of all ages prior to coming to Concordia-Chicago.
His experience includes performing with the Kronos Quartet as a member of the Arizona Choir and a member of the Tucson Symphony Chorus. While at Westminster, Professor Brown served as the graduate assistant for Symphonic Choir, which performed with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic.
Professor Brown completed his requirements for a doctorate of musical arts at the University of Arizona in choral conducting with Bruce Chamberlain and voice performance with Grayson Hirst. Professor Brown has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2000.
- DMA, University of Arizona; Tucson, Ariz.
- MM, Westminster Choir College of Rider University; Princeton, N.J.
- BM, Westminster Choir College of Rider University; Princeton, N.J.
Academic and Professional Highlights
- “Keep the Boys Singing!” Lutheran Education Association Conference, April 2008.
- “Jesus, Our Joy!” currently in production.
- "Shine Like Stars,” published by GIA Publications, Inc., 2005.
- “My Heart Rejoices,” Archdiocesan Commission on Liturgical Music (ACLM), 2002.
- National Collegiate Choral Organization
- American Bach Society
- American Choral Directors Association
- Music Educators National Conference