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Bragi Þór Valsson

Conductor - Arranger - Composer - Singer- Clarinettist - Music Teacher

Work History

20122015

Conductor

Lebone II Chamber Choir, South Africa

A small (14-18 member) high school choir which was sought-after for various functions and won several accolades, including being the highest-scoring non-Afrikaans mixed-voice high-school choir in the prestigious ATKV Applous choir competition in both 2014 and 2015.

2015Present

Conductor

Lebone II College Choir, South Africa

The high-school choir at Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng.

2016Present

Conductor

Rustenburg Community Chorus, South Africa

Founder and conductor

20122014

Conductor

Lebone II Intermediate Phase Choir, South Africa

A school choir for students in Grades 4 to 6

2013

Conductor

South African National Youth Choir
A several day long rehearsal period, concluded with a performance.  Other two conductors: Mia Makaroff and Walter Butt.
2012

Conductor

St. Alban's Chapel Choir and Barbershop Boys Choir

St. Alban's is an all-boys' high school in Pretoria, South Africa

2011

Conductor

Drakensberg Boys' Choir

I directed the choir in over 90 performances in 2011. Info on this prestigious choir here: www.dbchoir.co.za

2010

Conductor

Drengjakór Hafnarfjarðar men’s choir, Iceland

A small men's choir, specialising in light, humorous programming

20072010

Conductor

Borgarholtsskóli high school vocal group, Iceland

Training and directing of a small vocal group.

20072008

Founder and conductor

Con Spirito pop choir, Iceland

The choir sang my arrangements of known Icelandic pop music and performed with celebrity soloists.

20042008

Conductor

Lindaskóli elementary school choir, Iceland
20062007

Conductor

Mýrar Community Chorus (“Samkór Mýramanna”), Iceland
20052006

Conductor

Verzlunarskóli Íslands high school choir, Iceland
20042006

Conductor

Kópavogur Community Chorus (“Samkór Kópavogs”), Iceland
20032004

Conductor

Tallahassee Capital Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus, USA
2003

Music Director

Music Director – “The Snow Queen” at The Quincy Music Theatre, USA

Music Education

2004

M.Mus in Choral Conducting

Florida State University, USA

Graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Professors included Dr. André Thomas, Dr. Kevin Fenton, Dr. Judy Bowers, Dr. Alex Jiménes, Prof. Rodney Eichenberger

2002

8th Grade clarinet

Sigursveinn D. Kristinsson music school

Reykjavik, Iceland.

2002

3rd grade piano

Sigursveinn D. Kristinsson music school

Reykjavik, Iceland

2002

6th grade Voice

Sigursveinn D Kristinsson music school

Reykjavik, Iceland

2000

Highest levels offered of...

... Music Theory, Aural Training, Harmony and Form & Analysis at Sigursveinn D. Kristinsson music school

Reykjavik, Iceland

Choral Competitions

ATKV Applous choir competition, Lebone II Chamber Choir -

Selected for national finals in Port Elizabeth and then earned highest mark of all the choirs in the group "Non-Afrikaans speaking mixed-voice high school choirs".

2015
Klerksdorp Eisteddfod, Lebone II Chamber Choir - 90% mark (Platinum) 2015

ATKV Applous choir competition, Lebone II Chamber Choir -

Selected for national finals in Pretoria and then earned highest mark of all the choirs in the group "Non-Afrikaans speaking mixed-voice high school choirs".

2014
Rustenburg Eisteddfod, Lebone II Chamber Choir - 94% mark (Platinum) 2013

Choral Workshops

Drakensberg Boys’ Choir, South Africa

2006

St. Conrad’s College choir, Klerksdorp, South Africa

2006

EKKO‐korinn (Choir of Retired Teachers), Iceland

2007, 2008, 2009

Húnakórinn, Iceland

2007, 2008, 2009

Adjudication

Pretoria Choral Eisteddfod, Pretoria.

9-11May 2017

ATKV Cantando Choir Competition, Klerksdorp

12 August 2016

ATKV Applous Choir Competition, Newcastle pre-lims

13 May 2016

ATKV Applous Choir Competition, Rustenburg pre-lims

11 May 2016

ATKV Applous Choir Competition, Potchefstroom pre-lims

10 May 2016

ATKV Applous Choir Competition, Polokwane pre-lims

9 May 2016

Talent competition to choose an item as main entertainment for the opening of SA Special Olympics

2013

Anglo-Platinum Choral Competition

2011

Newcastle music Eisteddfod

2011

Major works performed (as conductor)

Tosca by G. Puccini – conducting of the back-stage chorus parts – Iceland National Opera          

        2006

Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramírez – Tallahassee, USA

        2004

Petite Messe Solenelle by G. Rossini ‐ Seltjarnarnes, Iceland

        2003

       

Singing - Chamber groups

Black Velvet Quartet (SATB) in South Africa2012 - 2013
Smaladrengirnir male quartet in Iceland1997‐2007

Choral Singing

World Youth Choir. 7 consecutive sessions, as choral singer and soloist. Toured in around 25 countries in Europe, Africa, South‐ and North‐America. Conductors Frieder Bernius, Gary Graden, Nobuaki Tanaka, André Thomas, Paul Smith, Peter Erdei, Steve Zegree, Anton Armstrong, Felipe Izcaray, Denis Menier, Jonathan Velasco, and Tonu Kaljuste.

1999-2002

World Voices, an international choir assembled to partake in the choral competition in Tolosa, Spain (the group took 2nd place in both categories). Conductor Michael Zaugg.

2001

Florida State University Cantores Musique Antique “Early Music” group. Various performances of early music around the state of Florida. Various solo work.

2002-2004

Tallahassee Community Choir, hired singer for their Carnegie Hall performance in New York City.

2003

Florida State University Chamber Choir. Various solos.

2002-2004

Grove Park Music Festival Chorus in London, UK. Hired singer.

2000

Solo and ensemble singer – several hundred funerals

1999-2010

 Hamrahlid Choir in Iceland. Conductor Thorgerdur Ingolfsdottir

1994-1998

Choral Arrangements

Several dozen choral arrangements, mostly of well-known Icelandic pop songs done with specialpermission from the composers. Also quite a few arrangements especially arranged for the Drakensberg Boys‘ Choir and for the Lebone II Chamber Choir.

See examples here: http://www.bragi.co.za/arranger.html

Recordings

Lebone II Chamber Choir – “Bad Day” – conducting, arranging, recording.

2015

Lebone II Chamber Choir – “Africa” – conducting, arranging, recording.

2014

Various choral recordings for radio, television and publishing, most notably with the World Youth Choir.

1999-2010
Semele by John Eccles (http://www.amazon.com/Eccles-Semele-John/dp/B0001W3068/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1439228270&sr=8-2&keywords=semele+john+eccles)2003

Smaladrengirnir vocal group – “Strákapör” CD. Arrangements, singing, clarinet playing, producing.

2001

Rokklingarnir albums. 8 different albums/cassettes, 4 of which fetched Gold or Platinum sales levels. Singing solos on all albums and performing in various music videos.

1989-1993

Singing - Shows, major choral works and operas

Mozart Requiem – bass solos. Drakensberg Boys’ Choir “Music in the Mountains” music festival.

2011

Singing/Acting – Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” animated movie – Role of Gaston in the Icelandic dubbing. Clips available on my website.

2002

St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach – Seljakirkja Chamber Choir. Role of Jesus

2009

Tosca by G. Puccini. Iceland National Opera. Chorus singing and “back-stage chorus” conducting.

2006

Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim. Iceland National Opera. Role of “First Storyteller” and chorus singing.

2005

Magnificat by J.S. Bach – baritone solos. Florida State Chamber Choir in Tallahassee, USA (2003) and Seltjarnarnes Church Choir, Iceland (2004)

2003, 2004
Semele by John Eccles. Florida State Opera. Role of Somnus.2003
Iceland Symphony Orchestra "Another Kind of Magic" concert. One of 3 hired singers for this "Music of Queen" concert.2002
Alexander's Feast by G.F. Händel. Grove Park Music Festival Chorus in London, England.2000

Music teaching

teaching voice, clarinet, saxophone piano, band, orchestra and class music gr. 7‐12 at Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng, Phokeng, South Africa.

since 2012

Teaching voice, aural training and music tech at St. Alban’s College in Pretoria, South Africa.

2012

Teaching Aural Training, Music Theory and private voice lessons at Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School in South Africa.

2011

Teaching conducting at Iceland Teacher College (now part of University of Iceland).

2005-2006

Development and teaching of the course “Learn to read music – for adults”.

2005-2006

Teaching music to mentally disabled teenagers – Borgarholtsskóli in Reykjavík, Iceland.

2007-2009

Clarinet teaching – Reykjavík Music School, Iceland.

2006-2007

Teaching recorder to 2nd graders at Lindaskóli elementary school in Kópavogur, Iceland.

2007-2008

Clarinet teaching – Kópavogur Music School, Iceland.

2005-2006

Clarinet teaching – Kópavogur School Band, Iceland

2005-2006

Non-music higher education

B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Reykjavik University.

2002

Diploma in Applied Computing from Reykjavik University.

1999

Organizing

Choral workshops by Dr. Alan Zabriskie from the USA, in Gauteng and NW provinces in South Africa, organiser.

2014


Non-music teaching

Hraðbraut High School (16‐25 year olds) – Computer Science and Programming.

2007-2010

Borgarholtsskóli High School (16‐20 year olds) – Computer Science.

2007-2008

Reykjavik University – Guest teacher for two Computer Science groups

2003