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Bryson Mortensen

Bryson Mortensen

Associate Professor of Music
Chair of Fine and Performing Arts

Degrees Held

D.M.A., The University of Illinois at Urbana-
B.M., M.M., Brigham Young University

Office Location: 203 Birdsong Hall, Bray Village
Phone: 757-455-3282
- Music

Bryson Mortensen is Director of Choral Activities and conductor of the Virginia Wesleyan Singers and Virginia Wesleyan Chorale. Previously Bryson was Artistic Director of the Festival Choir of Madison where he premiered more than fifteen works by living composers in four years, and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin – Rock County where he brought the UW-Rock County Jazz Singers to perform at the Wisconsin Choral Director’s Association convention. He has also conducted choirs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Brigham Young University, co-founded The Heritage Singers in Champaign, Illinois, and conducted QuoQue in Provo, Utah. Bryson is also an active clinician and conductor for High Schools and festivals around the country.

As a professional vocalist, Bryson is a regular performer with the Virginia Chorale and has performed across the Midwest and West with choirs such as the Bach Chamber Choir and the Deseret Chamber Singers, and has been a soloist on works such as Handel’s Messiah, Carrissimi’s Jepthe, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and Schubert’s Mass in G.

Bryson’s research focuses on increasingly literacy and improving vocal technique in the high school and young collegiate choir as well as studying and transcribing the sketchbooks of Edward Elgar’s choral music.


“Imperial Propaganda and Caractacus: Social Darwinism and Britain’s altruistic obligation” Elgar Society Journal 19, no. 1 (April 2015): 30 – 37. 

“Finding the Head Voice: The Challenge of Developing the Male Head Voice in a Mixed Choir Environment.” Choral Journal 55, no. 5 (December 2014): 53 – 60.

“Imperial Propaganda and Caractacus: Chivalry, militarism, and the multi-faceted character of Elgar’s British Army.” Elgar Society Journal 18, no. 5 (August 2014): 25 – 36.

“Imperial Propaganda and Caractacus: The Woodlands and Elgar’s Love of Country.” Elgar Society Journal 18, no. 3 (December 2013): 30 – 41.


“Traditional and Art Music in Ghana.” Presentation at the Wisconsin Choral Director’s Association State Convention, Appleton, Wisconsin, January 2015.

“Teaching Harmonic Context through Solfeggio.” Presentation at the North Central Regional Convention of the American Choral Director’s Association, Des Moines, Iowa, March 2014.

“A Spiral Approach to Vocal Technique.” Presentation at the Wisconsin Choral Director’s Association State Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 2014.


From Wesleyan to the White House

Vox Vera student choir to perform as part of

A Fine Way to Treat a Steinway

Perfect concert grand piano selected for the Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

Wesleyan Choirs to Premiere "Armistice Sonnets"

Nov. 9 performance will honor the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I