Location: Maryland, USA
Brendan Walls is the director of music ministries at St Elizabeth Ann Seton in Crofton, MD. Born in the UK, he learned to love music from his father (3 of his siblings teach piano). He began singing as a chorister at St John's in Portsmouth with Helen Dyer and Fr David Whitehead, as a pianist with Annekate Friedlander, and later in his teens as a self-taught organist and guitarist; he led the Contemporary Choir, and sang with and assisted the fledgling Renaissance Choir. Studied music and divinity at Liverpool Hope University, doing his keyboard harmony with Noel Rawsthorne and Peter Clark, while singing bass at the Metropolitan Cathedral. For the next 21 years he was a school music-teacher, and directed community choirs, contemporary church groups, Anglican, Methodist and AME Parish Choirs, until starting full-time in Crofton in 2002. He still coaches voice and keyboard, and volunteers for Catholic Charities as a choir-director and animator in Baltimore's Christopher Place. He lives in the Guilford neighborhood with his wife Marcia, Percy the Poodle and Pearly the Cat. He loves Choralnet, and is a member of ACDA, AGO and NPM.