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Brandon Straub to St. Paul’s Parish, Harvard Square

June 25, 2024
Brandon Straub
Brandon Straub

Brandon Straub is appointed director of music of St. Paul’s Parish and St. Paul’s Choir School, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has recently served as associate director of music of the parish and school and succeeds Richard Webster, interim director of music for the 2023–2024 school year. 

Straub has previously held the position of director of choral music, chair of music, and school organist for the shared music program at St. Alban’s School and National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C. He also has experience preparing adult and youth choruses for collaborations with major symphony orchestras, including National Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He will continue this work this fall as he prepares the St. Paul’s Boys Choir for a performance of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Straub serves as a pianist for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum. A native of Michigan, he holds degrees in music education and voice from Michigan State University, East Lansing, and conducting and harpsichord performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

As associate director of music, Straub led the St. Paul’s Parish Choir, and he served as St. Paul’s chief organist, playing services and accompanying the Boys & Schola of St. Paul’s Choir. He also trained the pre-choristers, the youngest pupils of St. Paul’s Choir School preparing to enter the St. Paul’s Boys Choir, and the Music Scholars, the older singers whose voices have begun to change. 

St. Paul’s Choir School was established in 1963 by Theodore Marier, and is the only all-boys Catholic choir school in the United States. Educating boys in grades 3 through 8 in the cathedral school tradition, it unites a musical and academic curriculum with Catholic faith. 

For information: saintpaulschoirschool


Other recent appointments:

Caroline Robinson to University of Michigan

Phoon Yu to All Saints Episcopal Church, Winter Park, Florida

Monica Berney to St. Paul's, K Street, Washington, DC