Conductors

CONDUCTORS

Brandon Stewart

Dean & Founding Musical Director
Musical Director, EVMCO & OCMCO

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
Musical Director, DMCO & OCMCO

Dr. Brett Stewart and his wife, Mindy, are the parents of seven 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, UVMCO

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, UVMCO

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Dr. 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.

Joni Jensen

Associate Musical Director, DMCO

Dr. Joni Jensen is the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Voice atTexas Woman’s University (Denton, TX). She conducts two TWU choirs and teaches voice, conducting, vocal pedagogy, and diction.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy and her Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. She received her DMA in Choral Conducting, minor in vocal performance, at the University of Arizona. Dr. Jensen studied under renowned conductors and arrangers Dr. Mack Wilberg, Dr. Ronald Staheli, and Dr. Bruce Chamberlain. During her doctoral work, she was a semi-finalist in the American Choral Directors Association national graduate conducting competition in Los Angeles, February 2005.

Dr. Jensen has conducted numerous festival and community choirs and serves as a choral clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. Under her direction, the TWU Concert Choir (women’s chorus) recently performed at the 2012 SWACDA conference in Dallas, TX. Students in her voice studio, also consistently achieve success in competitions and leading roles in stage productions. Active as a composer/arranger, she has several pieces published with Walton Music including “El Vito,” which was a Texas all-state piece in 2014.

Singing in a solo capacity has also been a large part of Dr. Jensen’s career. She has performed in both operatic and concert events and has particular expertise in baroque music and performance practice.

Aside from her performing and teaching activities, Dr. Jensen has research interests in vocal pedagogy in the choral setting, choral conducting technique, women’s chorus literature, choral arranging, and the choral music of Vaughan Williams, Britten, and Bach.

Brent Wells

Musical Director, TVMCO

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.

He received his DMA in choral conducting at Michigan State University, where he studied conducting and choral methods with David Rayl, Sandra Snow, and Jonathan Reed. His BM in music education and MM in choral conducting 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.