Dr. Brent Wells
Associate Dean &
Musical Director,

Brent Wells and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of three children. Dr. Wells joined the faculty at the College of Idaho in 2011. Prior to his appointment, he worked in secondary education, directing choral programs at the middle school and high school levels in both private and public institutions.

Dr. Wells received his doctorate in choral conducting at Michigan State University, where he studied conducting and choral methods with David Rayl, Sandra Snow, and Jonathan Reed. His master’s degree in choral conducting and bachelor’s degree in music education were earned at Brigham Young University, where he studied with Ronald Staheli, Mack Wilberg, and Rosalind Hall.

His publications include a series of articles appearing in the Choral Journal, discussing the folk-based compositions and collecting methodology of Percy Grainger. In addition, he served as guest editor for a Choral Journal focus issue, dedicated entirely to Grainger’s choral works. Wells also co-authored the book Translations and Annotations of Choral Repertoire, Volume II: German Texts—IPA Pronunciation Guide, published by earthsongs.

As a bass vocalist, Dr. Wells has frequently performed as a featured soloist and has enjoyed membership in many acclaimed choral ensembles. He has sung professionally with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Tennessee Chamber Chorus, Redlands Choral Artists, and Mount Marty Choral Scholars. He also performed the Berlioz Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5 with the Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus under the direction of Robert Spano.

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