faculty

Grey Brothers, Ph.D.

Professor of Music
(805) 565-6279

Office Location

Music Building 211

Office Available

By Appointment

Specialization(s)

Choral Conducting, Church Music, Music History
 

Biography/Details

Dr. Grey Brothers teaches music history and world music and directs the Westmont Choral Union.  He earned his doctorate in musicology from UC Santa Barbara with a dissertation on settings of the Passion composed at the Mexico City cathedral in the seventeenth century. He has lectured on this and other topics in music history locally and nationally and has delivered papers at national and regional conferences of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, and the American Choral Directors Association. In 2012, A-R Editions published his edition of the Passions of Antonio Rodríguez Mata and in 2018, his edition of the Passions of Luis Coronado was published in the Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music.

Brothers took a leave of absence during the 2020-2021 academic year to live in a remote region of the Sierra Madre of northern Mexico, working with his wife, a physician assistant, to establish a mobile medical clinic serving the Tarahumara indigenous group. While in the Sierra, Brothers recorded Tarahumara believers performing devotional songs they had composed.  He contributed the recordings to an ongoing project to disseminate devotional material in the Tarahumara language throughout the Sierra.  

Brothers has appeared as a tenor soloist with local choral ensembles, has sung lead roles in stage productions, and has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival, the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival and the San Luis Obispo Bach in the Mission series. For three years between 2014 and 2018, he directed the UC Santa Barbara Chamber Choir.  He recently retired after thirty years as minister of choral and congregational music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara.