Conductors

CONDUCTORS

Brandon Stewart

Dean & Founding Musical Director

Brandon Stewart and his wife Heather are the parents of three children. Stewart is a conductor, pianist, vocalist, and composer. He is a Dean & Founding Musical Director of Millennial Choirs & Orchestras.

Stewart has enjoyed competing in national and international piano competitions. 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 received a master’s degree in piano performance with cognate studies in choral conducting from The Juilliard School, and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from 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 & Founding Musical Director

Brett Stewart and his wife Mindy are the parents of six children. Stewart is a conductor, composer, pianist, and vocalist. He is a Dean & Founding Musical Director of 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, California, 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 received a doctorate degree in choral conducting with cognate studies in composition from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, a master’s degree in choral conducting from California State University, Long Beach, and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from 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.

Cory Mendenhall

Associate Dean & Musical Director

Cory Mendenhall and his wife Aprel are the parents of four children. Mendenhall is an Associate Dean & Musical Director of Millennial Choirs & Orchestras.  He is Director of Choral Activities and Performing Arts Department Chair at Maple Mountain High School. In addition to his conducting posts, Mendenhall is an active choral clinician and organist.  He is a member of and serves in professional music organizations such as ACDA, UMEA, and AGO.

Prior to joining MCO and inaugurating Maple Mountain High School’s renowned choral program, Mendenhall 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 received a master’s degree in choral conducting from Brigham Young University and a bachelor’s degree in choral music education from Utah State University. During his graduate work at BYU, he served as the Assistant Conductor of the BYU Men’s Chorus and director of the BYU University Chorale.  His mentors include Will Kesling, Ronald Staheli, Rosalind Hall, Jean Applonie, Douglas Bush, and Beverly Thomas.

Cherilyn Worthen

Associate Musical Director

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Cherilyn Worthen has dedicated over twenty years to choral arts in Utah. In addition to her post as Associate Musical Director of Millennial Choirs & Orchestras, she is the professor of Choral Music Education at Utah Valley University where she directs the Women’s Choir & Concert Choir. Since 2006 she has served as the director of the Choir School for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, where she oversees the training programs for the 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 did her doctoral studies in music education at University of Utah, received a master’s degree in choral conducting from Brigham Young University, and received a bachelor’s degree in music education from BYU. 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.