Brian A. Schmidt is a GRAMMY© nominated conductor and choral leader. He is currently Executive and Artistic Director of the Together In Hope Project, a choral organization based in Minneapolis, MN and centered on the mission of “music with a purpose around issues of our shared humanity.”
He is also the Founder/Artistic Director of the South Dakota Chorale, a professional chorus organization in Sioux Falls, SD.His leadership guided the ensemble to rapid growth and recognition, as well as the release of several commercial albums and GRAMMY© nominations in 2018 for their album "Tyberg Masses" released by PENTATONE, a Dutch classical label. He also conducted SD Chorale at the 2015 ACDA National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah with performances in the Mormon Tabernacle. Brian was selected by ACDA to represent America in the International Conductor Exchange Program with Sweden, resulting in study and guest conducting opportunities in Sweden during the fall of 2015.
Schmidt also served universities at Duke University and Baylor University. At Duke he conducted the Duke Vespers Ensemble and monthly Bach Cantata Series. Performances by the volunteer Bach Choir, professional soloists, and Cappella Baroque (a professional period-instrument orchestra founded by Schmidt in 2013) drew large audiences and were hailed as "the Triangle's not-to-be missed event." The Duke Vespers Ensemble led weekly candlelit Choral Vespers services in Duke Chapel and presented a range of concerts from Renaissance and Baroque masterworks with period instruments to modern works for organ and saxophone. They performed at conferences such as the 2016 Southern Division Convention of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) and Boston Early Music Festival in 2013 and 2015. Schmidt produced two commercial recordings at Duke, which can be found on the MSR Classics label. At Baylor he served as Associate Professor of Choral Music and Director of Graduate Choral Studies at Baylor University where he conducted the Baylor A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers, in addition to leading the graduate program in choral conducting. Additionally, he was founder and director of the Baylor International Choral Conducting Masterclass and Young Artist Program (ICCM), an intensive summer program providing pre-professional experience and training for young conductors and singers.
He was previously the founder and Artistic Director of the Dakota Men’s Ensemble, which also appeared at national, regional, and state ACDA conventions Brian graduated from the University of North Texas, where he completed MM and DMA degrees under Jerry McCoy and Richard Sparks, along with early music studies under Lyle Nordstrom and Lenora McCroskey.