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-Chicago’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.


  • DMA - University of Arizona; Tucson, Ariz.
  • MM - Westminster Choir College of Rider University; Princeton, NJ
  • BM - Westminster Choir College of Rider University; Princeton, NJ    

Academic and Professional Highlights

Award and Honors 

  • Ainslee Cox Fellowship for excellence in choral conducting, 1998
  • Elaine Isaacson Brown Award for Outstanding Choral Conducting Achievement, 1990


  • “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

Prior Positions

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.

Areas of Research

Choral performance and artistry, conducting techniques, group vocal technique, and boys' changing voice topics.


  • Plenary presenter, Singing the Psalms--LCMS Institute on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music, Summer 2024.

  • Bass soloist, American Kantorei, 2021-22.

  • Festival Conductor, Lutheran Youth Choir Festival, 2013-2019.

  • ILMEA District 7 Junior Choir Festival Conductor, November 2016

  • Central Indiana Lutheran Schools Fine Arts Festival Choir Conductor, April 2015

  • ILMEA District 1 High School Choral Festival Conductor, November 2013

  • Chicago Choral Artists Guest Conductor, ?A Hint of Spring,? February, 2011

  • Conductor, presenter, and cantor at the Institute on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music 2008, 2014, and 2017

  • PMEA Region IV Festival Chorus Conductor, March 2006