B i o g r a p h y
Bryan Pinkall is a tenor from Manhattan, Kansas. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Music for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Kansas State University.
Bryan performs and records with several ensembles and is an active soloist. He has received many rare honors including Distinguished Kansan of the Year in the Performing Arts in 2014 by the Topeka Capitol Journal, Grammy Music Educator of the Year Quarterfinalist in 2018, and the American Prize in Art Song in 2019.
Bryan is a Grammy-winning soloist and chorister with the Kansas City Chorale. Since joining the ensemble in 2012, the Chorale's albums have received nine GRAMMY NOMINATIONS and seven
He was also an artistic director for the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, which earned three PRIMETIME EMMY NOMINATIONS and one PRIMETIME EMMY AWARD.
In addition to the Kansas City Chorale, Bryan was a member of the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers and Te Deum Antiqua. He performs around the world as a soloist. He has earned invitations to perform and premiere rediscovered music and poetry of victims of the world wars at prestigious venues including the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, the National World War II Museum, in New Orleans, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Lincoln Center in New York City, and Sydney Opera House. Bryan made his solo Carnegie Hall debut in April 2014 as a soloist with the National Festival Chorus and was a soloist for Mozart's Requiem at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna in March 2016.
Bryan was a featured soloist at the Grand Opening of Kansas City's Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in 2011 along with Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, and others. In 2014, he was a digital production manager for Pope Francis' World Meeting of Families mass in Philadelphia.
Bryan often performs as a soloist in orchestral settings with ensembles including the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Baroque Consortium, Washburn Univeristy Orchestra, Kansas State University Orchestra, Village Symphony, and Kansas City Civic Symphony. He was also Director of Vocal Activities for the World Choral Festival in 2016.
Bryan was a Kauffman Scholar at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and was an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellow at Yale University.
Bryan received a Master's of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and Conducting Performance from Kansas State University where he also received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance. At Kansas State University, he also serves at the Administrative Director for the Summer Choral Institute.
Bryan was the Founder and Education Director of the Kansas City Vocal Institute, which provided free or greatly discounted music education for over 1,000 underprivileged children and families in the Kansas City metropolitan area.