Dr. Noah DeLong, Artistic Director
Bryan Underwood is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New
Jersey. His studies included piano performance, and collaborative piano. He studied
collaborative piano with Glen Parker and Dalton Baldwin, piano performance with Ina Bronstein
and Zabrack. As a member of both the Westminster Symphonic Choir, and the Westminster
Choir (under Joseph Flummerfelt’s direction), performances included collaborations with the
Philadelphia Orchestra, the American Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Princeton
University Symphony Orchestra. Rehearsal accompanying under the direction of Joseph
Flummerfelt, Ricardo Mutti, and multiple Grammy Award winning choral conductor, Charles
Bruffy. Accompanying also with composer/conductors Pepper Choplin, Matthew Erpelding.
Dr. Noah DeLong is a versatile musician who has found success as a conductor, educator, tenor soloist, collaborative pianist, and church musician. He joined the music faculty of Milligan College in 2011, where he conducts the Concert Choir, an auditioned choir of 36 singers that regularly tours the U.S. and performs with regional orchestras. He also conducts the college’s Women’s Chorale and Heritage, a select a cappella ensemble. In addition, he teaches a wide range of courses including applied voice, aural skills, conducting, music technology, and secondary music methods, and also serves as the faculty sponsor for Milligan’s collegiate NAfME (National Association for Music Education) chapter.
DeLong earned his D.M.A. degree in choral conducting from The University of Iowa under Dr. Timothy Stalter, where his research focused on the choral music of the Italian-American composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. DeLong also holds a B.A. in music and mathematics from Taylor University and a M.M. in choral conducting and vocal performance from Ball State University.
Recent conducting credits include Requiem (Faure), Messiah (Handel), and the U.S. premiere performance of Stabat Mater (Cecilia McDowall) with the Milligan Concert Choir, Milligan Orchestra and Festival Chorus. He has also conducted many festivals throughout the area and co-founded the Men in Song and Women in Song Festivals, held annually on Milligan's campus. In addition to his work at the college, DeLong is also conducts the Grandview Christian Church Choir and the Appalachian Men’s Ensemble (beginning Fall 2018).
As a vocal soloist, DeLong’s performance credits include leading operatic roles of Tamino in The Magic Flute and Alfred in Die Fledermaus, as well as tenor soloist in performances of Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem and Messiah, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D Major and Coffee Cantata, Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. He also regularly performs with the Tennessee Chamber Chorus, a professional ensemble based in southeast TN.
DeLong is a member of ACDA and NAfME and serves on the advisory board for the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy. Previously, he served as the Assistant Choral Director at Earlham College and Music Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church (P.C.A.) in Muncie, Indiana.
Bryan recently served as accompanist for the First Annual Appalachian Summer Modern Music Festival, under the direction of Mr. Bryant Jesse Denmark. He is in demand as vocal and instrumental accompanist, and as accompanist with many regional, state, and national choral events. He currently serves as Staff Accompanist for Emory & Henry College’s Department of Choral and Vocal Studies, and is a member of the full time staff of State Street United Methodist Church in Bristol, VA, where he leads the Music & Worship ministries. Bryan is a proud member of BMI and ASCAP.
Bryan Underwood, Pianist & Organist