Brian Mummert's artistic endeavors are driven by his abiding fascination with stories: he sings, conducts, composes, and arranges music spanning many eras and genres, all in the service of compelling simultaneous expression of text and music. He is the founding artistic director of The New Consort, an American Prize-winning vocal ensemble dedicated to juxtaposing works from diverse musical genres and eras; and a co-founder of ChamberQUEER, a chamber music collective highlighting the voices of LGBTQ+ composers and performers, and The Red Ribbon Revue, a World AIDS Day concert featuring HIV+ performers celebrating the legacy of artists lost to AIDS.
Brian has directed world-class ensembles in venues spanning six continents, and currently serves as Music Director of Ars Musica Chorale in New Jersey and Interim Music Director of NYC’s Central City Chorus. Recent engagements include conducting Pro Coro Canada as a Banff Centre Fellow, a season as the assistant conductor of all-star professional Washington, D.C. choir The Thirteen, and both singing and conducting on the Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge's disc of the works of Julian Anderson, which Gramophone described as "outstanding... the results are tremendously rewarding.” Brian trained as a conductor at Trinity College Cambridge, receiving an MMus with Distinction in 2017 under Stephen Layton and Geoffrey Webber.
As a vocalist, Brian specializes in music of the Baroque, having appeared as a soloist with organizations including Holy Trinity Bach Vespers, the Academy of Sacred Drama, Bach Akademie of Charlotte, and Spire Chamber Ensemble. Ever the musical omnivore, he has also swung with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, sung the music of Vaughan Williams and Schubert with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and premiered new works by composers including Julian Anderson, Frances Pollock, David Lang, Hannah Lash, and Tim Holt. Brian's operatic roles include Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, Mother in Kurt Weill’s Die Sieben Todsünden, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Apollo in both Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Charpentier's Orphée, in addition to a broad oratorio & concert repertoire ranging from Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri to Pärt's PASSIO.