Charles Brown is in his eighth year as Director of Choral Activities at Concordia University Chicago. His experience with the Kapelle has led to extensive touring throughout the United States, with additional concert tours to Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Chile, and Argentina. Kapelle has performed in five recordings during Charles’s tenure and is currently in the production of a sixth.
Prior to his appointment at Concordia, Charles taught choral and general vocal music education in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey public school systems, fostering a love of music in students from kindergarten through high school. His continued passion for choral music education in churches and schools is demonstrated in the festivals and workshops he currently leads throughout the country.
A vocal soloist in his own right, Brown has been active both in the East and Southwest regions of the country, as well as in the Chicago area singing bass-baritone roles, particularly specializing in Baroque oratorio music. He is also a member of Chicago’s Grant Park Chorus.
A graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, he earned degrees in choral conducting and music education. Charles studied conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt, Andrew Megill, and Constantina Tsolainou. His music education mentor was Frank Abrahams. He also sang in the Westminster Choir and Symphonic Choir, performing under the batons of Leonard Bernstein, Joseph Flummerfelt, Zdenic Macal, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Swallisch, and Hugh Wolf.
Charles is currently completing requirements for a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Arizona in choral conducting with Bruce Chamberlain and voice performance with Grayson Hirst. Charles’s doctoral dissertation will examine the Expanding Voice Method, a male changing voice process, as postulated by Henry Leck.
Charles currently lives in Wheaton with his wife, Susan, and their children, Ian and Miriam.