Brian Dean Sousa, B.M., M.M.
A native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Brian Dean Sousa has been working as the Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church in Charlottesville, Virginia since October 2006.
He obtained his Bachelors Degree in Sacred Music and Organ from Westminster Choir College in 2006 and his Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from James Madison University in 2010. Organ teachers have included Raymond Whalon, Ken Cowan, and Diane Meredith Belcher. Conducting teachers have included James Jordan and Patrick Walders. He has sung under the baton of conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Joseph Flummerfelt, Andrew McGill, James Jordan, Anton Armstrong, Jerry Blackstone, and Simon Carrington.
In addition to his local organ performances Mr. Sousa has also performed in Straelen, Germany; Lisboa, Portugal; and Fatima, Portugal. He is in demand not only as an organist and choirmaster but, also as a vocalist. In 2005 he sang tenor in the Festival Choir for the “Royal Christmas Tour”, which featured vocal soloists, Andrea Bocelli, Denyce Graves, and Robin Fullman; who were accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. In 2009 he was asked to sing tenor in the choir that was featured in the Virginia performances of “Star Wars in Concert".
Recent choral conducing highlights include conducing part one and part two of the "Weihnachts-Oratorium" (Christmas Oratorio) by J.S. Bach for the prelude to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve 2016. In 2011 he was honored to compose and conduct a choral setting of "God Be In My Head" for the Interfaith Service that was part of the inauguration of UVA's eighth's president, Teresa A. Sullivan.
Mr. Sousa is the Founder and Artistic Director of both the Charlottesville Camerata and the Children's Choir of Central Virginia.