Brian Bartoldus is a conductor and lecturer active in the greater Baltimore/Washington area. He has gained plaudits from The Washington Post, who particularly noted his ability to summon "stunning melismas" while leading the City Choir of Washington. In 2011, he and several of his colleagues founded Third Practice as a means of bringing contemporary and early vocal music to a new and broader audience. Brian earned his Master of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, Simon Carrington, and Masaaki Suzuki. He is also in demand as a lecturer, presenting throughout the United States and abroad on such far-reaching topics as Gregorian chant, the relationship between spoken prosody and music, intonation and temperament, early American music, and Soviet composer Alfred Schnittke.