Director of Choral Activities
Department: Music and Fine Arts
Office Location: HH 179
- B.M. Music Education, Brigham Young University-Idaho
- M.M. Choral Conducting, University of Houston
- D.M.A Choral Conducting, University of Houston
Brian Cook is the Director of Choral Activities at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, where he directs multiple campus ensembles and teaches courses in conducting. He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Houston, having studied under the tutelage of Dr. Betsy Cook Weber and Dr. Jeb Mueller. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Houston and an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University–Idaho.
Prior to arriving at Briar Cliff, Mr. Cook was the director of record for the Men’s Chorus at the University of Houston. He was fortunate to conduct Houston’s top choral organizations, including the Houston Symphony Chorus and the 2020 Grammy® Award-winning Houston Chamber Choir. He also helped prepare the University of Houston Concert Chorale for three European competitions, an appearance for the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), and several local masterworks concerts. Additionally, he taught secondary-level choirs for six years both in the Houston area and in his home state of Colorado.
His choral associations have taken him to Asia, Europe, South America, and throughout the United States, including a National ACDA appearance in New York City, the Florilége Vocal de Tours in France, the national NCCO in Baton Rouge, the Béla Bartók International Choir Competition in Debrecen, Hungary, and the European Grand Prix for Choral singing in Arezzo, Italy.
Mr. Cook is published with Houston-based Alliance Music. He is an active member of NCCO, the American Choral Directors Association, Iowa Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, and Iowa Music Educators Association.