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Stay up to date with some of Brandon's latest performances, releases, and other exciting events! From his work as the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Moorpark College to leading Choral Arts Initiative as Artistic Director, you can find all of his latest happenings here!

IUSD Honors Choir Concert

Brandon will be conducting the High School Choir Ensemble for Irvine Unified School District's 39th Annual Honors Concert. Brandon went to elementary, middle, and high school in IUSD, and is excited to return as an alumnus to conduct for the concert on March 30th, 2o23!

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Arts Commissioner Appointment –City of Moorpark

In December 2022, Brandon was appointed by Mayor Enegren to serve a two-year term as Arts Commissioner for the city of Moorpark.

CSU Fullerton – University Singers Clinic

Brandon visits his alma mater, California State Univeristy Fullerton, for a clinic with the renowned vocal program's collegiate choral ensemble. Go Titans!

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Choral Arts Initiative - Fall 2022 – HOME

Brandon leads Choral Arts Initiative in their opening concert of their 11th season, as they explore the question of what makes a home. Featuring compositions from Dale Trumbore, Michael Gilbertson, Julia Adolphe, Eric Whitacre, Ayanna Woods, and Dylan Tràn.

For Your Consideration – From Wilderness

October 2022 – Choral Arts Initiative's From Wilderness enters the first-round ballot for the GRAMMY Awards® in the Best Choral Performance category!

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2022 – Sabbatical Leave

Follow Brandon during his 5-month sabbatical through his journey of self-reflection, travel, research, and more! He will be documenting his time and reflections on his new Instagram account.

Vanguard University – Choral Festival

Brandon will be working as an adjudicator and clinician with a variety of choirs in Orange County during Vanguard University's 2022 Choral Festival.

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Trilloquy - Interview

Brandon Elliott joins Garrett McQueen (55:00) to talk about Choral Arts Initiative's new album From Wilderness, the power of entrepreneurship, and his unique view of diversity. 


PREMIERE|Project Festival 2022

A one-of-a-kind festival hosted by Choral Arts Initiative, PREMIERE|Project Festival provides selected composers with a remarkable workshop/commission experience by offering in-depth seminars, mentoring sessions with renowned composers, and interactive rehearsals. The premiere for these new compositions will be July 1st, 2022 at Concordia University Irvine.

2022 CCDA Conference

Brandon will be presenting at the Summer 2022 California Choral Directors Association conference, speaking about choirs at the professional, community, and church levels. More information about the conference can be found below!


Brandon named the Louis Botto Recipient

On April 4, 2022, Brandon was named as the recipient of the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America! More information about the award and Brandon's nomination/win can be found in the Chorus America press release below.

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MikeyPod Interview

Brooklyn-based composer/performer Michael Harren talks with Brandon about his work with Choral Arts Initiative, life, community, and more in his interview on MikeyPod.

From Wilderness - Premiere

April 2022 marked the long awaited Choral Arts Initiative premier of From Wilderness, composed by CAI singer Jeffrey Derus and conducted by Brandon Elliott. The recorded album was also released the same month, and charted at #3 on Billboard's "Traditional/Classical" list.

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GRAMMY Museum Nomination

Brandon was one of the honored educators to be nominated for the Recording Academy's Music Educator award for 2022. Through support from current and former students, Brandon was selected as a semifinalist from the initial 1,000+ nominees.

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