Donald Brinegar is Professor of Music, Coordinator of the Music Department and Director of Choral Studies at Pasadena City College and adjunct Professor of Graduate Choral Conducting at the University of Southern California. He directs the Three Summer Masters in Choral Conducting at CSULA where over one hundred graduate conducting students from seven countries and twenty-one states have studied with Brinegar in the last ten years.
In the past he has been a lecturer in voice at Pomona College, lecturer in conducting and voice at California State University, Los Angeles and visiting lecturer at the University of Miami, Florida State University, University of Reno Nevada, Southern Oregon State University and the University of Missouri. This next year he will give master classes in voice, conducting and historical intonation practices at Baylor University and St. Olaf College.
He has a distinguished career as a tenor soloist, conductor, educator and clinician. His ensemble, The Donald Brinegar Singers, have sung to critical acclaim internationally and have over ten compact discs to their credit. They were nominated for seven Grammy first-ballot awards in their highly acclaimed performances of Morten Lauridsen’s Madrigali and Ubi caritas. They have performed premieres of over forty choral works including composers such as Mark Brymer, Bruce Babcock, David Childs, David Conte, Emma Lou Diemer, Morten Lauridsen, Luke Mayernik, Joshua Shank, Brad Steed, Heitor Villa-Lobos, John Rutter, Z. Randall Stroope, Eric Whitacre, and Aaron Zigman. The Singers can be heard the in the Disney movie Bridge to Terabithia and in the animated feature Battle for Terra. The ensemble has performed at four American Choral Directors Association Conferences giving world premieres of Lauridsen’s Nocturnes and Z. Randall Stroope’s We Beheld Once Again the Stars at the request of the association.
Most recently he has been a guest lecturer, master class clinician and recital soloist in Costa Rica having visited the country six times in the last three years. Last spring Brinegar gave two recitals and one concert at Pasadena City College featuring the music of Morten Lauridsen. He has prepared choruses for performances in the Hollywood Bowl, Disney Hall, Ambassador Auditorium, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Pasadena Auditorium with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Pops Orchestra and the California Philharmonic. He has been tenor soloist for Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner, Helmuth Rilling, Gerard Schwarz and Murry Sidlin to name a few and has collaborated with Henry Mancini, Barry Manilow, the Chieftains and Marvin Hamlish local performances.