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Bradley Nelson

Location: California, USA
Bradley NelsonBradley Nelson is active as a composer, conductor, and teacher. He has held positions as a professor and church musician in New York, Indiana, and California. His teaching positions have included Butler University, Indiana Central University, Point Loma Nazarene University, and Grossmont College. While pursuing graduate studies, he held teaching fellowships at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester. Currently residing in San Diego, he has devoted his time to composing and publishing for a number of years. Prior to that, he led a large church music program in San Diego, presenting concerts with choir and orchestra at his church and at Copley Symphony Hall. He has conducted choral masterworks such as Brahms' "Requiem", Mendelssohn's "Symphony No. 2" (Lobgesang), Handel's "Messiah", and Rutter's "Gloria" and "Requiem", as well as his own Christmas oratorio "The Feast of Lights". His music has been performed internationally in Westminster Abbey and throughout Italy in St. Peter's Basilica, the Dom Cathedral in Florence, and St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice. In the United States his music has been performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Chicago Symphony Hall, and San Diego's Copley Symphony Hall. In 1990, his choir performed "Christ, the Precious Living Stone" and "A New Kyrie" throughout Eastern Europe shortly after the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of Communism . Concerts were presented in Leipzig, Budapest, Prague, Bratislava, Zagreb, and Vienna. In addition to composing and guest conducting, he teaches composition. After studying composition at the University of Redlands (CA), Nelson received his Masters and Doctoral degrees in composition and conducting from the Eastman School of Music (NY). His works for choir, band, orchestra, and chamber ensembles have been performed throughout the United States and in Canada, England, Europe, the Baltic States, Russia, Oman, South Africa, New Zealand, India, Korea, and Japan. He has received numerous commissions and awards for his compositions. Nelson studied composition with Samuel Adler, Joseph Schwantner, and Warren Benson at Eastman, as well as David Ward-Steinman and Wayne Bohrnstedt in California. He studied conducting with Robert Shaw, Gustav Meier, Robert DeCormier, and Donald Hunsberger.
 

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