Biography

Bryan Anderson is an organist, pianist, harpsichordist, and conductor currently living in Houston, Texas.  At present Bryan is working towards a master’s degree in organ performance with Ken Cowan at Rice University.  Bryan’s undergraduate work was at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he earned degrees in organ (studying with Alan Morrison) and harpsichord (with Leon Schelhase). Previous instructors were Jeannine Morrison in piano and Sarah Martin in organ.  Bryan has also worked with musicians including Trevor Pinnock, Barry Rose, Jeffrey Khaner, Julianne Baird, and McNeil Robinson.

As a solo concert artist, Bryan has been described as “brilliant, yet quiet and unassuming” (The Diapason) and “simply first class.”(Classical Voice of North Carolina)  He has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, Woolsey Hall at Yale, Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Spivey Hall in Georgia, Princeton University Chapel and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.  He has been featured in performance at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society.  For several years, Bryan served as an assistant organist of the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ in Macy’s department store in Philadelphia, where he played dozens of concerts.

In the capacity of a church musician, Bryan has acquired wide-ranging experience.  Presently engaged as an assistant organist and director at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Houston, his most recent previous position(2015-16) was as organ scholar at Wells Cathedral in Somerset, England, where his responsibilities included playing and directing services as well as chorister training.  Other positions have been as assistant organist/director at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and organist of Tenth Presbyterian Church (both in Philadelphia). In the realm of secular choral music, Bryan held posts as the director of the Mid-Wessex Singers in Somerton, England, and accompanist for Singing City Choir in Philadelphia under Jeff Brillhart. In addition to work at the organ, Bryan has enjoyed extensive collaboration as a chamber musician, performing very many times as a continuo artist and ensemble pianist.