Brian Sengdala

Musicologist and conductor Brian V. Sengdala is an inter-disciplinarian whose research interests and public work include modern practices in musicking, music and identity, and music as a sacred text. His paper on Ma and Liminality in Arvo Pärt was presented at the Sounding the Sacred Conference hosted by the Arvo Pärt Project and the Sacred Arts Initiative at Fordham University in May of 2017. He is also a contributor to several publications on choral music and choral pedagogy.
 
As an active public musicologist, Brian is also in demand for his concert notes (including those for the Same Stream), both verbal and written, and for his translations of choral and solo vocal repertoire. He is also a contributor to several publications on choral music and choral pedagogy. His passion for public work attempts to challenge the societal perception of the arts and social justice. 
 
He has served as the assistant conductor for the Westminster Williamson Voices recording multiple CD’s, one of which, Annelies (2013), garnered a Grammy-nomination for best choral performance. He also records and sings with The Same Stream Choir, a professional choir based in Philadelphia, PA and for the professional choir of Christ Church NYC (Park Avenue). He collaborates frequently with pianist Pauline Worusski. 
 
He is currently a student in the Ph.D. program in musicology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He has an undergraduate degree in voice (studying with Sharon Sweet and J.J. Penna), and a graduate degree in sacred music conducting (studying with James Jordan and Steve Pilkington) and musicology (studying with Eric Hung and Sharon Mirchandani).