A. Barron Breland, the choral director at Creighton University, deserves particular praise for his preparation of the fantastic Festival Chorus. Festival Chorus was comprised of auditioned singers from 12 other area choirs. Their performance was admirable. They sang both choral-orchestral juggernauts with beautiful tone and depth of expression.” - Drew Neneman

— "REVIEW: Symphony closes its season on right note," Omaha World-Herald

[The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles] shared the stage with Omaha’s River City Mixed Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Barron Breland. Omaha deserves to be proud of the River City Mixed Chorus and Breland, who is the chair of the Fine and Performing Arts department at Creighton University. The ensemble took command of the stage for the evening’s finale. The chorus’ depth of vocal talent and harmonic execution were the treasure of the evening. Breland is in his sixth year as creative director of the chorus. The RCMC performed an original song, “You Have More Friends Than You Know” by Tony Award-winner Jeff Marx and five-time Grammy recipient Mervyn Warren. The piece, featured on the tour, was lush, tuneful and accessible, befitting the tenet of hope its lyrics convey. Great praise is due to RCMC’s soloists Kerrin Hoyer and Rebecca Ahlers. They walked onto the Orpheum’s vast and virtually empty stage and filled the hall with some of the sweetest singing the audience heard all evening.” - Drew Neneman

— "Review: Gay Men’s Chorus blends music with message in Omaha," Omaha World-Herald

Review: Omaha Symphony's Pop series season ends on high note with Rodgers and Hammerstein showcase” - Betsie Freeman

Omaha World-Herald

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Energizing Omaha's Choral Scene  ” - Carol Crissey Nigrelli

Omaha Magazine

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.” - Peter Jacobi

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

My wife and I grew up in this area, but only recently moved back after many years away. On Saturday night we attended the Creighton University Chamber Choir concert under the direction of Dr. Barron Breland. This ensemble and their talented conductor are an incredible Omaha treasure! The concert was extraordinary on many levels including the very interesting and accessible repertoire, all by living composers. The members of the choir, as listed in the program, represent 10(!) states and many majors. These talented undergraduates delivered very mature and polished tone quality and astonishingly vivid interpretations. Their facial expressions radiated the joy of their shared “mountaintop experience.” We look forward to attending future performances by this outstanding ensemble.” - Vance D. Wolverton, Chair Emeritus, Department of Music California State University, Fullerton

Omaha World-Herald, "Creighton musical brilliance"

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.” - Dick Jaeger

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

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.” - Peter Jacobi

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