Encore is pleased to welcome Brian Gendron to our distinguished faculty of choral conductors. Brian serves as Artistic Director of Alexandria Choral Society. Since he joined the organization in 2009, the choir has shared the stage with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra for Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Holst’s The Planets, and the world premiere of Kim Allen Kluge’s River Poem. They have presented Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Brahms’ Schicksalslied, Haydn’s The Creation, Pärt’s Berliner Messe, and Vivaldi’s Gloria, and have led Handel’s Messiah at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Pro Coro Alexandria, a chamber choir founded in 2012 as the organization’s outreach ensemble, premiered Truman Harris and David Teie’s …again and ever again with Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. They have also collaborated with Virginia Chamber Orchestra and performed at the National Gallery of Art.
Gendron earned degrees from Central Michigan University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has presented interest sessions and conducted invitational performances for the American Choral Directors Association, Virginia Music Educators Association, and Virginia Music Teachers Association. Gendron currently leads the choirs at St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia. Gendron will be conducting the Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads Encore Chorale with Jeff Dokken and the Langston Brown Encore Chorale with Jeanne Kelly.