Building on his own diverse background in music, Brandon Straub enjoys a multifaceted career as an educator, conductor, keyboardist, and singer. A passionate educator and visionary member of the DC music scene, Straub is dedicated to inspiring musicians to find their voice and develop their musical agency. He loves the process of preparing for performances as much as the performance itself and brings depth and authenticity to everything he does.
Collaborating through music has provided Straub with some incredible opportunities and incomparable experiences. From performing a harpsichord concerto with the Air Force Strings to touring Europe as a violist in a youth orchestra to singing the national anthem with Stephen Colbert, music has always been one of the main avenues through which Straub has traveled, experienced, and connected to the world.
In 2015, Straub founded the Choral Arts Youth Choir, inspired by his vision to provide meaningful, high quality musical opportunities for the area’s most capable and engaged young musicians. He strives to inspire his singers’ intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth as they develop the ability to analyze, explore, and grasp the power of music and art through firsthand experience with diverse styles and genres.
Straub has prepared choruses for a growing list of world-class ensembles that includes the National Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and LA Philharmonic at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Tanglewood, and Kimmel Center. He has also prepared members of the Choral Arts Chorus and Youth Choir for the past eight broadcasts of “A Capitol Fourth” on PBS. Equally at home in concert halls, classrooms, and houses of worship, he serves as Chair of Music for the coordinate programs at St. Alban’s School and the National Cathedral School and has served as Associate Director and Organist at St. John’s Church Lafayette Square, the “Church of the Presidents.”