Brad Dumont is a passionate arts advocate working to create and support unique artistic projects that contribute to cultural improvement and community-based arts education. He believes in the power of choral singing to build empathetic communities — providing a voice for those that may otherwise not be heard. Brad is committed to a process-oriented approach of music-making which allows for singers to explore diverse themes of equity and justice, a process which helps singers more clearly and creatively communicate their stories.
Brad serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Assumption College and as Music Director of the Salisbury Singers, both in Worcester, MA. Additionally, Brad serves as the vice president of the New Hampshire Master Chorale and on the artistic planning team for the Boston-based choir VOICES 21C where he helps develop creative staging and narrative driven programs. He is an active singer with each of these organizations as well as with choral ensembles et al. and Analog Chorale. Along with performing, Brad is currently the operations and special projects manager for Emmanuel Music in Boston, an orchestra contractor for ensembles throughout New England, and a board member of the Greater Boston Choral Consortium.
Recently, Brad was a guest conductor with 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 2021, 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 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. Previously, Brad has been an arts instructor at state, county, and juvenile incarceration facilities and taught with Dr. André de Quadros at the Boston University Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center utilizing music as a practice for supporting mental well-being. Brad plans to continue working in these community settings using music and creative exploration as methods to support personal change and self-awareness.
Brad also maintains a significant interest in supporting the arts through administration and management. 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. This position included managing a rotation of close to 250 artists and staff members in a five-week period averaging 35 concerts and events. 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, and has helped to lead numerous composer commission projects and premieres in choral and orchestral genres as an administrator.
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 arts incubation. Originally from Rochester, NH; Brad earned a B.S. in Music Education K-12 and a B.A. in Music: Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Plymouth State University in 2013 studying conducting with Dr. Dan Perkins and voice with Dr. Kathleen Arecchi.