With an “enthralling enthusiasm” and unique ability to engage diverse audiences to symphonic music, Bryan Nies champions new and diverse musical programs, with a fresh perspective on the classics.
In addition to serving in his inaugural year as Music Director/Conductor with the Symphony of the
Redwoods, Bryan was the Associate Conductor of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Principal Conductor
of Festival Opera, and the Resident Conductor of Oakland Youth Orchestra. He has been a cover
conductor for the St. Louis Symphony, music director of the Oakland Chamber Ensemble and has
conducted a wide range of operatic and musical theater repertoire including performances with Opera
Idaho, West Bay Opera, Opera San Jose, and Wold’s Fabrications.
Pursuing an avid interest in all musical genres, Mr. Nies has served on the faculties of Stanford University,
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Jose State University, and Northwestern’s Musical Theater
program in Evanston, IL. He also pursues an active performance schedule in vocal and chamber recitals,
and released his first recording on the MSR Classics Label with “Amour sans miles: The Music of Reynaldo
During the summer of 2002, Mr. Nies was honored with a Leonard Bernstein Fellowship to participate as
a conductor at the Tanglewood Music Center. There he conducted performances to rave reviews in the
Boston Globe. In addition, he received personal instruction with many leading professional conductors,
including Michael Morgan, Roberto Abbado, Jeffery Tate, Hans Vonk, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, and