K-State alum wins 2 Grammys as part of choir

By The Mercury

A K-State alum won two Grammy Awards on Sunday as a member of the Kansas City Chorale.

Bryan Pinkall, who holds a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in voice and conducting from Kansas State University, is in his first season with the Kansas City Chorale. The group is led by Artistic Director Charles Bruffy and includes about 20 singers including tenor Pinkall. The chorale won two awards for its recording, Life & Breath: Choral Works by RenĂ© Clausen, in the categories of Best Classical Engineered Album and Best Choral Performance. In addition, the producer, Blanton Alspaugh, won a Grammy for Best Classical Producer.

“I cannot express the excitement and shock that comes with being a part of a winning ensemble at the Grammys,” Pinkall said. “The entire experience of the red carpet, media and the spectacle of the event is unforgettable.

Pinkall is currently is completing his doctorate in musical arts from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri Kansas City. 

At K-State, Bryan studied voice under Reginald Pittman and conducting under Julie Yu and Joshua Oppenheim.

“I owe so many people from K-State my greatest thanks for their support and for all my great teachers who taught me to dream big, work hard and not be afraid to fail,” Pinkall said.

In addition to the Kansas City Chorale, Pinkall has performed with many symphony orchestras, professional choirs, opera companies and recording groups sharing the stage with music greats including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Placido Domingo and Aretha Franklin.

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