Dr. Bryan Stanley is an accomplished pianist-composer, Adjunct Professor and collaborative pianist. Dr. Stanley is published by Hal Leonard, Boosey & Hawkes, and G. Schirmer, whose works include two arrangements of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring for violin/piano and solo piano, the latter of which was played at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival; and a Hal Leonard Vocal Library book of American folksong concert arrangements (2002). In 2010 The Utah Youth Symphony commissioned and premiered his Serenade to Spring scored for four harps, strings and brass at the Salt Lake City Mormon Tabernacle. His compositions have also been performed with the Riverton Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Community College, Indiana University-Southeast, Simpson College, University of Oklahoma, Park City Beethoven Festival, Utah Opera, Park City Community Church (as 6-year music director) and Lewis University.
In previous years Dr. Stanley premiered his one-act chamber opera, Edgar Allen Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado, the result of winning a national chamber opera competition sponsored by the company. The premiere, which he conducted, was enthusiastically reviewed in the Opera News magazine. He is currently working on a new comedic, one-act opera set in the 19th century Midwest.