Conductors

CONDUCTORS

Brandon Stewart

Dean and Founding Musical Director

Brandon Stewart currently resides in Arizona’s East Valley with his wife, Heather, and their children, Ashley, Dallin, and Boston. Stewart is a conductor, pianist, and vocalist. He is a Dean and Founding Musical Director of Millennial Music and Millennial Choirs & Orchestras.

In addition to conducting and performing, Stewart maintains a competitive piano and vocal studio in Arizona. He has competed extensively in national and international piano competitions. Most recently, he was a finalist in the International USASU Bösendorfer Piano Competition and second prize winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition. In 2005 he took first prize at the Music Teachers National Association collegiate piano competition, winning a new Steinway grand piano.

Stewart enjoyed extensive studies in piano, voice, chamber music, and choral music throughout his schooling. He did his master’s studies in piano performance with cognate studies in choral conducting at The Juilliard School, and his bachelor’s studies in piano performance at Brigham Young University. His mentors include Jerome Lowenthal, Stephen Clapp, Judith Clurman, Irene Peery-Fox, Clayne Robison, Rosalind Hall, Ronald Staheli, Ted Reid, and Susan Bana.

Brett Stewart

Dean and Founding Musical Director

Brett Stewart currently resides in Orange County, California with his wife, Mindy, and their children, Brooke, Landon, Chelsea, Clark, Lilly, and Clara. Stewart is a conductor, composer, pianist, and vocalist. He is a Dean and Founding Musical Director of Millennial Music and Millennial Choirs & Orchestras.

Prior to founding Millennial Music, Stewart was the conductor of the University of Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, the Fountain Valley High School choirs in Orange County, and he was the assistant conductor and accompanist of the Brigham Young University Men’s Chorus under Rosalind Hall. He was also an assistant director and accompanist for the Southern California Children’s Chorus, under Lori Loftus.

Stewart did his doctoral studies in choral conducting with cognate studies in composition at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, his master’s studies in choral conducting at California State University, Long Beach, and his bachelor’s studies in piano performance at Chapman University and Brigham Young University. His mentors include Earl Rivers, Stephen Coker, Dale Warland, Shawn Okpebholo, Jonathan Talberg, Ronald Staheli, Rosalind Hall, Jeffrey Shumway, William Hall, Joseph Matthews, Mack Wilberg, Ted Reid, and Susan Bana.

Cherilyn Worthen

Musical Director

Millennial Choirs & Orchestras welcomes Cherilyn Worthen as a new Musical Director for the upcoming 2013-14 season.  A native of Chicago, Illinois, Worthen did her doctoral studies in music education at University of Utah, her master’s studies in choral conducting at Brigham Young University, and her bachelor’s studies in music education at BYU. She is currently the professor of Choral Music Education at Utah Valley University where she directs the Women’s Choir and Concert Choir.  In 2006, Worthen was appointed as the director of the Choir School for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir where she oversees the training programs for newly admitted singers as well as in-service training for current choir members.

For twelve years Worthen directed the choral music program at the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah where she also served as both a Student Dean and Music Department Chair.  She has conducted the BYU Women’s Chorus and Concert Choir, the Legacy Chorale, and the Deseret Chamber Singers. As a singer, she has performed with Canti con brio, BYU Singers, the Deseret Chamber Singers, the Temple Square Chorale, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Worthen is an active member of ACDA, MENC, NCCO, Chorus America, and has served on the choral committee for the Utah Music Educator’s Association. She is presently the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women’s Choirs for ACDA Utah. Her research interests include choral music curriculum, resources, and educational programs for youth and adult singers.

Cory Mendenhall

Musical Director

Millennial Choirs & Orchestras welcomes Cory Mendenhall as a new Musical Director for the upcoming 2013-14 season.  Mendenhall currently resides in Utah Valley with his wife, Aprel, and their children, Leah, Nicholas, and Miranda Lou.  In addition to his new conducting post with MCO, he serves as Director of Choral Activities and Performing Arts Department Chair at Maple Mountain High School, one of Utah Valley’s finest high schools.  He enjoyed a successful tenure as Director of Choral Activities and Performing Arts Department Chair at Provo High School from 2003-2009, and served as Conductor and Artistic Director of the Mapleton Chorale, one of Utah’s premier auditioned community choirs, from 2004-2013.

Mendenhall earned a Bachelor of Choral Music Education degree from Utah State University, and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Brigham Young University.  During his graduate work at BYU, he served as the Assistant Conductor of the BYU Men’s Chorus and co-director of the BYU University Chorale.  His mentors include Will Kesling, Ronald Staheli, Rosalind Hall, Jean Applonie, Douglas Bush, and Beverly Thomas.  Choirs under Mendenhall’s direction have performed in such venues as Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake Tabernacle, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center.

Mendenhall serves as the Choral Vice President for the Utah Music Educators Association.  He also serves as organist for the Missionary Training Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He is a member of the Utah Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Educators, American Choral Directors Association, and the American Guild of Organists.