Brandon Straub, director
The coordinate music program at National Cathedral School and St. Albans School proudly serves the largest number of students within a single program at the Cathedral Schools. Singers in grades 4 through 12 explore a wide variety of repertoire and styles in both curricular and extracurricular choral ensembles and perform regularly at the Washington National Cathedral and other local, national, and international venues. The Madrigal Singers of St. Albans and National Cathedral Schools is an auditioned ensemble of 40 singers from the coordinate 160-voice Upper School Chorale who aspire to the highest standards of choral singing. Selected for their exceptional musicianship, vocal prowess, and passion for singing, the “Mads” have performed throughout the US in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, and Charleston, and internationally in Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, and England, as well as at the White House, at the World Bank headquarters, on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” for the ground-breaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, for the Washington Nationals, and for events at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.
Brandon Straub is Director of Choral Music and Chair of Music for the coordinate programs at St. Albans School and the National Cathedral School is regularly in demand as a conductor, keyboardist, and singer. He is also Associate Conductor and Pianist of The Choral Arts Society of Washington and Founding Director of the Choral Arts Youth Chorus. He has served on the faculties of Episcopal High School, The Hill School, the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) DC Summer Course, the New York State Summer School for the Arts (NYSSSA), and Interlochen Arts Camp, and as Associate Director and Organist at St. John's Church Lafayette Square, the “Church of the Presidents.”
Mr. Straub has performed throughout the DC area with professional ensembles from Washington National Cathedral, St. John’s Church Lafayette Square, the National Gallery of Art, the National Chamber Players, and the Air Force Strings. As a conductor and keyboardist, he has assisted in preparing choruses for collaborations with such world-class ensembles as the National Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Detroit Symphony, and the Pennsylvania Ballet for performances with such renowned conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Gustavo Dudamel, Emil de Cou, Steven Reineke, Jack Everly, Rossen Milanov, Bramwell Tovey, Marin Alsop, JoAnn Falletta, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Ensembles under Straub’s direction have been featured in broadcasts on PBS and BBC Radio 4.
Mr. Straub holds M.M. degrees in Conducting and Harpsichord Performance from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree in Voice and Music Education from Michigan State University.