01.25.2020 Concert @ 7:30 PM
01.26.2020 Concert @ 4:00PM
Brian Eads, pianist, opera coach, and conductor, is presently conducting the national tour of Les Misérables. He is concurrently completing his doctoral degree in orchestral conducting at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he has conducted performances with numerous student instrumental ensembles and has served as assistant to various conductors, including Arthur Fagen, David Effron, Cliff Colnot and Carl St. Clair.
Eads has also served as opera coach and accompanist for many productions, including L’italiana in Algeri, La Bohème, The Last Savage, and Die Zauberflöte, Camarillo, The Merry Widow, and Philip Glass’ Akhnaten. In 2014, Eads was awarded the Schmidt Conducting Fellowship with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The Atlanta Opera engaged him to accompany the Choral Silver Celebrations, a series of concerts inaugurating The Atlanta Opera’s 2014-2015 season. In the summer of 2015, Eads was engaged as a pianist for the International Vocal Arts Institute in New York City with Metropolitan Opera Assistant Conductors Paul Nadler and Joan Dornemann.
As a professional arranger and orchestrator, Eads’ orchestral arrangements have been performed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and most recently by The Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the 2016 Ravinia Festival. Upcoming premieres include arrangements for Sylvia McNair for performances with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.
Eads holds a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Delta State University. His guest conducting credits include performances with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Lima Symphony Orchestra, and Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, including a repeat engagement with the Lima Symphony Orchestra in 2017.