Brendan Walls is the director of the music ministry at St Elizabeth Ann Seton in Crofton, MD, USA. Born in England, his love of music comes from his father who sang and danced into his late eighties (2 of Brendan’s siblings teach piano). He began in church music as a chorister at St John’s in Portsmouth with Helen Dyer and David Whitehead, while learning piano with Annekate Friedlander; in his local parish he played the organ and guitar and conducted the Folk group from 1974-8. During the same time, and again in the late nineties, he sang with The Renaissance Choir, occasionally accompanying and directing. He studied music and divinity at CND (now the John Moores University) in Liverpool with Peter Clark, Gordon Green, and Noel Rawsthorne, while employed as a bass at the Metropolitan Cathedral. For the next 21 years, he was a school music teacher and directed various community and church choirs, until starting in Crofton in 2002. He has always coached voice, guitar, and keyboard; volunteer activities include work with refugees and the homeless, counseling the suicidal, facilitating an Enneagram Group Therapy Class for 10 years, and founding and directing a men’s chorus for indigents. He was a crisis counselor for the Baltimore Mental Health System for 8 years; he lives and sails on Valentines Creek with his cat, Pearly.
teaching, coaching, conducting, accompaniment, listening