The Department of Music will celebrate the retirement of Dr.
Bruce Browne on Wednesday, May 24, 3:30 to 5pm, in Smith Memorial Union,
Dr. Browne is Professor of Music and Chair of the Vocal and Choral Area at Portland State University and has been teaching at PSU for 28 years! He conducts the award-winning Portland State University Chamber Choir which tours every year both nationally and internationally. This internationally recognized choir is the only choir in the Northwest to sing at both the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference Conventions.
Dr. Browne is also Conductor Emeritus of the Portland Symphonic Choir. Browne has been named
Teacher of the Year at PSU, and is former President of the Northwest
Division of the ACDA. In October, 2000, Browne was named one of the outstanding
Music Educators in Higher Ed by the MENC.
He has been awarded sabbaticals to teach in Guadalajara and in London, and has been Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa. He has been jurist, clinician or guest conductor in virtually every region of the country, and in Germany,Spain, Estonia, England and Mexico.
He has served on panels for the National Endowment of the Arts. Browne has been guest conductor for the Edmonton, Canada Pro Coro, and the Phoenix Bach Choir of Arizona.
Browne has recorded on the labels of Freshwater, Albany and Koch. As a Tenor soloist, Dr. Browne has sung several opera roles including the leading roles in such productions as Faust, Tales of Hoffman, Ballo in Maschera, Der Mond, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. He has sung both regionally and nationally, in oratorio roles such as the Evangelist in the St. John Passion and the St. Matthew Passion, the tenor solos in the Mozart Requiem, the Verdi Requiem, Schubert Mass in Ab and Mass in Eb, the Mass in D of Dvorak, and many other roles.