Assistant Professor of Music
courses: Chamber Orchestra, Conducting, String Methods, Score Arranging, Cello, String Bass, Instrumental Literature and Ensemble Techniques.
Prior to his appointment in Laredo, Brendan Townsend held directorships with Tennessee’s Bryan Symphony Orchestra, the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio and the Netherlands’ Ars Antiqua et Nova and Sinfonietta Geleen. Guest conducting throughout Europe has included performances with the Dutch Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Symphony Orchestra, Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Broadway Düsseldorf, Opera Comique Maastricht, Opera Zuid and the Transylvanian State Symphony. In the United States he has led performances with the symphony orchestras of Charleston, Corpus Christi, Kingsville, Knoxville, Mississippi, San Antonio and Topeka. In recent seasons, Mr. Townsend has been a regular conductor with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Honduras.
In recent years, Mr. Townsend has become widely known as a proponent of American composers and is deeply committed to bringing the works of living composers into the standard repertoire. In addition to presenting the scores of established composers such as John Adams, Behzad Ranjbaran, Christopher Rouse and Roberto Sierra, Mr. Townsend consistently champions several self-publishing composers, including Lee Actor, Linda Robbins Coleman and Linda Tutas Haugen.