Dr. Bret Amundson is the Dean of the School of Arts and Letters at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN where he also directs Bella Voce, a select treble ensemble. In addition to his work at CSS, Bret is the Artistic Director of the Lake Superior Youth Chorus and the Artistic Director of the Twin Ports Choral Project. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Saint John’s University, MN; a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Saint Cloud State University, MN; a Doctorate of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington; and will graduate in December 2018 with an MBA in Change and Leadership from The College of St. Scholastica.
Prior to his appointment as Dean, Bret was the Director of Choral Activities and Director of General Education at St. Scholastica, where he led the College’s General Education program, including the first-year program, Dignitas, and directed the College’s auditioned ensembles, Concert Choir and Bella Voce. Under Bret’s direction, The College of St. Scholastica Choirs have performed regionally, nationally, and internationally. In 2014, Bret was awarded the College’s Benedictine Professorship in General Education, and in 2015, Bret was named one of Duluth’s 20 Under 40.
Choirs under Bret’s direction have performed at state and regional conventions. In 2007, the Cathedral High School Concert Choir was invited to perform at the Minnesota Music Educators Association’s Mid-Winter Clinic. That same year, Bret was awarded the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota’s Outstanding Young Conductor Award. In 2015, Twin Ports Choral Project was invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association State Conference and, in 2016, the North Central American Choral Directors Association Regional Conference. In 2017, Bella Voce was invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota’s State Conference and in 2018, the Lake Superior Youth Chorus’ Cantemus was invited to perform at that same conference.
Maintaining an active schedule as clinician, adjudicator, presenter, and guest conductor for choral festivals and conferences around the country, Bret most recently conducted the 2017-2018 Minnesota All-State SSAA Choir.
Bret is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, The College Music Society, Chorus America, and The VoiceCare Network, and he currently serves as the North Central ACDA Repertoire and Resources Coordinator for Children’s and Community Youth Choirs.