Dr. A. Barron Breland
Dr. Breland became the Artistic Director of the River City Mixed Chorus in January 2011. With degrees in Music Theory and Choral Conducting from the University of Georgia and Indiana University, Dr. Breland has a diverse background in many different fields of music, including the piano and saxophone. Currently, he is on faculty at Creighton University in Omaha, conducting the University Chorus and Chamber Choir. He also teaches classes in music history, theory, appreciation and diction, along with voice and conducting
Dr. Breland’s first exposure to professional choral music was at the age of 6 as a member of the Atlanta Boy Choir where he performed with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as in tours and festivals throughout Europe. Today, he is emerging as one of a new generation of conductors, set apart from others by his eclectic interests and skills equipping him to perform everything from masterworks of the Baroque and Classic eras to great contemporary works. He completed his doctorate in choral conducting at the Jacobs School of Music in 2009.
Assistant Artistic Director
Adam became a singing member of the chorus in August 2015 and assumed the role of Assistant Director of the River City Mixed Chorus in August 2016. His musical experiences have been diverse and wide-ranging, from playing euphonium solos across Europe with the University of Nebraska-Omaha Symphonic Wind Ensemble to singing acapella vocal jazz with Nexus and playing keyboards with local band The Confidentials. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Omaha with an emphasis in euphonium.
Though his musical adventures have ranged far afield, vocal music has played a big role in Adam’s journey. He has always been involved in church music, from singing in the choir to playing piano and handbells; most recently, he served as Director of Music Ministries at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Omaha for seven and a half years. In addition to his engagements with RCMC and Nexus, Adam is also a singing member of the Omaha vocal ensemble Resonance.
Keith has been the River City Mixed Chorus’s Collaborative Pianist since 2015. He has been playing the piano his entire life. He loves accompanying and has played for a wide range of soloists, ensembles, and choirs over the years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis in piano from the Northwest Missouri State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Once a public school music teacher, Keith eventually turned his attention to the world of theater and has worked as a pianist, musical director, and scenic designer for numerous theatrical productions at various Omaha area theaters, including SNAP, Shelterbelt, Bellevue Little Theater, Chanticleer, Stages of Omaha, and the Omaha Community Playhouse. Before coming to Omaha, Keith worked on productions at the Starlight Theatre, Quality Hill Playhouse, and the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City. He has also been a church musician most of his life and currently accompanies the choir of the First Unitarian Church of Omaha.
In recent years, Keith has applied his talents to arts administration. He is currently the Managing Director of the Blue Barn Theater in Omaha and serves as the business/grant manager for Arts in Motion, a local nonprofit that brings arts programming to local area schools.