A. Barron Breland

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"Music Review: University Singers; Dale Warland: Visiting a Legacy," Bloomington Herald-Times

The program’s scope, the University Singers’ artistry, and excellent preparation, first by assistant conductor A. Barron Breland, then by the visiting Warland, made for a splendid evening.

"Bach Chorale brings 'Passion' to film score," Journal & Courier, March 28, 2007

The exquisite preparation of the Bach Chorale Singers' performance under the guest direction of A. Barron Breland helped to lay bare the raw emotions of the events surrounding her immolation. While Gray is on a leave of absence this year completing work on a doctorate in the IU School of Music, he personally recommended Breland as the conductor of the work. Breland is one of Gray's conducting students, and his leadership was rich without extravagance.

"Big crowds turn out for holiday favorite," Bloomington Herald-Times, December 8, 2006

The massive collection of choristers, with the men in tails and the women in white dresses, sang as impressively as usual. They did this time, however, thanks to guest director A. Barron Breland, rather than Michael Schwartzkopf, who is on sabbatical from the university but was in the audience, nevertheless, to listen. Schwartzkopf should have been pleased. Breland, an advanced degree seeker in the choral department of the IU Jacobs School of Music, has proven himself on previous occasions as an adept conductor. He certainly had done his job for “Chimes.” Whether they were voicing old traditionals such as “Carol of the Bells” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” or Irving Berlin’s standard “White Christmas” or rocking/popping arrangements of “Run, Rudolph, Run” and “Hot Chocolate,” Breland had the Singing Hoosiers in fine form.

"Behold a weekend filled with great performances," Bloomington Herald-Times, October 12, 2005

A doctoral candidate in choral conducting, A. Barron Breland was the man very much in charge of this grand enterprise, successfully bringing together the University Singers, heard at their very best, a chamber-sized orchestra with harpsichord and organ, and four well selected soloists who handled their often embellished assignments as if to the baroque manner born.

"A gorgeous 'Mikado'," Bloomington Herald-Times, July 31, 2006

Credit for the resonantly voiced chorus goes to A. Barron Breland.

"'Pinafore' revival floats as it should," Bloomington Herald-Times, August 2, 2005

Musical credit must go — in terms of leadership — to guest conductor Robert Wood and to chorus master Barron Breland. The Symphony Orchestra in the pit and the choristers on stage have caught the flavor as well as the niceties of Sullivan’s score, a score much more complicated from time to time than it seems.

"Music delights in its several variations," Bloomington Herald-Times, April 20, 2004

The University Singers sounded absolutely radiant. Another talented assistant, A. Barron Breland, concentrated on two motets by Anton Bruckner, Os Justi ("The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom") and Christus Factus Est ("Christ was made obedient for us even unto death"). The music reflected both Bruckner's devout Catholic faith and, intriguingly, flavors from Schutz's very Lutheran sensibilities. The whole of the hour was a feast for the ears and balm for the psyche.

"Musical day presents a plateful of charms and delights," Bloomington Herald-Times, October 7, 2003

The University Singers sounded dazzling. Harrington had made sure of that in his obviously careful preparation. So had two student conductors, his assistant, A. Barron Breland..., who shared some of the conducting duties. Breland took charge for a pair of Monteverdi madrigals, gorgeous music gorgeously sung.

Bloomington Herald-Times, February 22, 2002

Conductor A. Barron Breland took the podium... He had, obviously, immersed himself in the poetry and, then, [his]music. The choir sounded as if in fine form.