Bryan came across a posting for an entry-level sales position at The Lorenz Corporation, a prominent music print music publisher of located right in Dayton. Thinking that this position would be a good short-term option to apply his musical training, Bryan applied, interviewed, and was hired during the summer of 2012. The responsibilities of this position mainly included customer service related tasks and processing orders and communicating with sheet music dealers such as JW Pepper, Stanton's, Sheet Music Plus and many others across the country and internationally. After a short time in this position, it became evident that the music publishing industry would offer great potential for Bryan to utilize his broad musical interests. He began studying and observing different publishers and learning about the interests, needs, and traits of Lorenz’ various markets.
As Bryan was beginning his career at Lorenz, he was simultaneously in the process of establishing a relationship with Alfred Music, the second largest print publisher in the country with assistance from now WSU music faculty member, Brody McDonald, Bryan’s former high school choral director. Throughout Bryan’s time at WSU, he worked closely with Brody’s high school groups in writing many arrangements for Kettering Fairmont’s a cappella group, Eleventh Hour, and also directing Kettering’s middle school a cappella group for a number of years. Graciously, Brody introduced Bryan to Alfred’s pop choral editor, Michael Spresser at an OMEA conference where Bryan presented Michael with samples of his work in pop a cappella. This relationship resulted in publication of his first arrangement and helped to accelerate Bryan’s interests and career in the music publishing industry.
As Bryan’s first publication was in the process of being released with Alfred, he applied for an open position in Lorenz’ editorial department in the beginning of 2013. This position included an increased level of responsibility and opportunities to have a more direct impact and involvement in the development and creation of publications and products. Being fortunate enough to have been given this position, Bryan immediately began looking for ways to expand his responsibilities and tailor this position to his interests in ways that would benefit the company, improve processes, and control expenses in addition to the existing responsibilities of managing the production schedules of new product and assisting in fostering relationships with composers and editors that work outside of the Dayton office including some of the most prominent and established names in the industry. This resulted in phenomenal opportunities that included partnering with the Kettering and Cincinnati Children’s Choirs to record, produce, and mix demo recordings for Lorenz’ educational choral imprint, Heritage Music Press as well as the opportunity to write, arrange, and record accompaniment tracks for best-selling author and educator Artie Almeida’s new book KidStix and Mari Schay’s book series Busy Bodies, Busy Brains. Bryan has also compiled choral collections for the church choral market and edited and produced two new elementary musicals. In addition Bryan regularly travels as a Lorenz representative at various conferences such as ACDA, TCDA, and TMEA and assists to produce recording sessions for new cantatas and anthems alongside the composers, orchestrators, and editors of these works.
For the past year-and-a-half, Bryan has was tasked to partner with a colleague in Dayton to take over a purchased imprint, SoundForth and develop and edit a choral release and work to expand the stylistic range and market reach of our Lorenz’ choral presence. This included the vast responsibilities of reaching out to new composers, come up with composer assignments, and preparing accepted pieces for recording and print through editing and engraving. The revamping of this choral imprint has helped to contribute to Lorenz’ efforts to expand market presence and reach new choral buyers in the church market. As Bryan’s commitment to the music publishing industry became more apparent, he was promoted to Director of Sacred Choral Publications in the Spring of 2016, granting additional oversight in the direction of our various choral imprints and advertising efforts
All the while, Bryan was working to expand his own writing responsibilities and challenging himself to improve and diversify his writing on an individual level. Bryan’s relationship with Alfred was simultaneously continuing with new pop a cappella publications coming out with each release, now totaling nine arrangements that are available from Alfred. Through the generous help and direction from cherished Lorenz colleagues who are prominent composers and editors in the church and secular choral world, Bryan has had the opportunity to do numerous arrangements and compositions both for the school and choral markets, now having a growing list of approximately 25 arrangements and compositions in print ranging from pop a cappella arrangements to school choral compositions and sacred choral anthems.
Outside of Bryan’s work with Lorenz, he is regularly taking commission requests, which have now expanded from solely pop a cappella to both original compositions and traditional choral arrangements. Recently, he was commissioned to write an anthem for Palm Sunday for a Texas church and well as an arrangement for an upcoming performance at The Vatican in March of 2017.
In yet another realm of Bryan’s musical activities, he has directed numerous academic a cappella groups in the Dayton area including the aforementioned middle school group in Kettering, a men’s and women’s high school group in Centerville, and now is a part-time employee of Dayton’s Chaminade Julienne Catholic High school where he directs their top a cappella group, Vega and has led them to succeed in the International Competition of High School A cappella (ICHSA), arranged recorded, mixed, and produced a full-length album, and arranged, recorded, mixed, and mastered a single that was featured on compilation album Best of High School A cappella 2017. Recently, one of Bryan’s arrangements was nominated “Best Professional Arrangement for a High School Group” by the Contemporary A cappella Recording Association. His arrangements have also been performed at event and conferences such as The World Choir Games, ACDA national, KMEA, OMEA, and others.
Bryan genuinely attributes his successes largely to the excellent and diverse education he received from Wright State and the encouragement of his teachers and professors to pursue diverse and practical musical training in both choral and instrumental music throughout the entirety of his career at Wright State. He delights to see the growth in WSU’s music school and honored to be able to call himself alumni of Wright State’s fine music program.