Bradford t. Dumont
Musician | Producer | Photographer
Photo by Ashley Green, Worcester Telegram
VOICES 21C at ACDA East, Rochester, NY
Assumption College Choirs
Dome of the Rock photographed on tour with VOICES 21C
Conducting Plymouth Congregational Church
New Hampshire Music Festival Choral Week
Brad is a passionate arts advocate working to create and support artistic projects that contribute to cultural improvement and community-based arts education. As a conductor, he believes in the power of choral singing to build empathetic communities — providing space for those who may otherwise not be heard. Brad is committed to a process-oriented approach of music-making which allows for artists to explore broad themes within the topics of equity and justice.
Brad serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Assumption University, the Artistic Director of the Salisbury Singers in Worcester, MA, and Director of Music at First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, UU. Additionally, Brad serves on the artistic planning team for the Boston-based choir VOICES 21C where he helps develop creative staging and narrative driven programs.
Recently, Brad was a guest conductor with Juventas New Music Ensemble, the Massachusetts Symphony at Mechanics Hall, and prepared the chorus for Symphony Pro Musica’s performances of Mahler Symphony No. 3. In August 2019, Brad was assistant conductor to Jan Schumacher at the Choralies Festival in southern France preparing Brahms’ Ein deutches Requiem and in summer 2022, Brad has been to invited to Sri Lanka to take part in the first World Muslim Choral Ensemble as a representative from the United States.
With VOICES 21C, Brad has recently taken part in tours of Israel and Palestine and performed as a headline chorus at the 2020 ACDA Eastern Division Conference presenting a fully-staged ‘concert of justice’ titled We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest exploring themes of feminine identity, forced migration, and race and incarceration with guest artist Halim Flowers. They presented again at the 2022 ACDA Conference, sharing the spoken word of poet, activist, and restorative justice leader Eric Anderson. Brad regularly works as an arts instructor at state, county, and juvenile incarceration facilities around Massachusetts and has taught with Dr. André de Quadros at the Boston University Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center utilizing music as a practice for supporting mental well-being. Brad has participated in sessions sharing this practice with organizations like Longy School of Music, Lehigh University, Newburyport Choral Society, and others.
In Spring 2021, Brad and Nicky Manlove co-produced 'Engender' for The Choral Commons, a podcast focusing on gender diversity in choral music with guests like Mari Esabel Valverde, Jace Saplan, Michael Bussewitz-Quarm, Lindsey Deaton, and others. These are available for listening on all podcast platforms.
Previously, he has served as Interim Director of Choirs and Teaching Lecturer at Plymouth State University, a section leader for South Shore Children's Chorus, interim resident conductor of Connecticut Children's chorus, music director for the Plymouth Congregational Church in Plymouth, NH; assistant music director intern for the Manchester Choral Society in Manchester, NH; and as music director for numerous theatrical productions.
From 2011-2019, Brad was the artistic administrator for the New Hampshire Music Festival where he supervised artistic operations for the organization including guest artist hiring, season repertoire planning, and development of community outreach and education events like the Music in the Mountains series and the New England Choral Institute. This position included managing a rotation of close to 250 artists and staff members in a five-week period averaging 35 concerts and events.
Brad also maintains a significant interest in supporting the arts through administration and management. As the vice president of the New Hampshire Master Chorale, Brad helped to develop performances like Considering Matthew Shepard and the commission of Kim Arnesen's major work, Voices of the Silenced. Additionally, he has served as the special projects manager for Emmanuel Music in Boston (where he continues to serve as artistic advisor on commissioning and multimedia), an orchestra contractor for ensembles throughout New England, and as vice chair of the Greater Boston Choral Consortium,
As an arts administrator, Brad has experience working with numerous non-profits during periods of significant organizational change and has developed innovative special projects to support audience re-engagement and growth. Brad has led fundraisers that have raised over 50% of an organization’s budget, managed artistic expense spending for organizations with expense lines over $1 million, written successful grants for major productions and initiatives, coordinated and produced video productions for classical music performance, and has helped to lead numerous composer commission projects and premieres in choral and orchestral genres as an administrator. Alongside the organizations listed, he also also served as a production manager for Boston Lyric Opera.
Brad is currently working towards a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting at the The Hartt School at the University of Hartford studying with Dr. Anthony Trecek-King. Brad received a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Boston University studying with Dr. Miguel Felipe and Bramwell Tovey where he served on the Arts Leadership Council and held teaching assistantships in choral ensembles, conducting, and collaborative arts incubation. Originally from Rochester, NH; Brad graduated from Plymouth State University in 2013 as the outstanding Graduating Senior in Music and a Top 20 Senior, earning a B.S. in Music Education K-12 and a B.A. in Music: Vocal Performance and Pedagogy while studying voice with Dr. Kathleen Arecchi, piano with Dr. Carleen Graff, and receiving a choral fellowship from Dr. Dan Perkins.