Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Bryan Hiroto Stenson attended St. Mary’s International School where his parents taught music and choir. He attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. While there, he was very active in the choral program and sang with their award-winning Choir of the West, under the direction of Richard Nance. He was also actively involved in the PLU opera program, where he starred in productions such as Semele (Jupiter), Albert Herring (Albert), and Die Fledermaus (Eisenstein).
Following graduation, he was accepted into the Tacoma Opera Young Artist Program, and served a year-long music internship with the Tacoma Youth Chorus and Charles Wright Academy under the guidance of Judith Herrington. This conducting experience led him to pursue a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. While there, he served as Conducting Fellow for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Assistant Conductor of the Butler Chorale under the guidance and direction of Eric Stark and Henry Leck. During this time he prepared and performed numerous major choral symphonic works including Verdi’s Requiem, Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna.
In May 2014, upon completion of his degree, he taught music in Arlington County, Virginia and served as director of the Bel Canto ensemble with the Children’s Chorus of Washington. In 2014 he auditioned for The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and won his current seat as a member of The U.S. Army Voices. He is thrilled to be a part of the Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg and looks forward to his first season with the group.