Director of worship Arts & Choral Music,
North Avenue Presbyterian Church
Bryan holds music degrees from Samford University (BM) and The Florida State University (MM) where he studied with André Thomas and Rodney Eichenberger. Since coming to Atlanta in 1994 he has led church music programs, conducted community choirs, presented workshops, and taught on the adjunct faculties of Georgia Sate and the Candler School of Theology at Emory. He has prepared choirs of all ages for denominational events, professional conferences, prison worship services and concert tours in Norway, Spain, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, and the Czech Republic.
He was recently appointed National Chair for music and worship by the American Choral Directors Association following a term as Georgia’s president and was a contributing author to “Sacred Choral Music Repertoire: Insights for Conductors” (GIA Publications) by Tim Sharp, ACDA’s Executive Director.
A “Lexus Leader in the Arts” award from Public Broadcasting Atlanta and a citation from the Cobb County Commission have recognized Bryan’s passion for strengthening community through shared music--a commitment seen recently in his role as choral conductor for the Georgia Symphony Orchestra’s partnership performance with Spelman and Morehouse Colleges.
Bryan conducts three choirs at NAPC (Junior / Youth / Chancel), leads 11:15 worship from the organ and piano, and facilitates handbells plus an occasional instrumental ensemble. He delights in helping people find their voice as they learn God’s song together. In spare moments, he is easily fascinated by railroads and arcane mechanical technology--topics which are lovingly tolerated by his wife, Amy, and daughter, Margaret.