August 26, 1999
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
(Editor's Note: Albert Brewer and his family of Lake Inez have been involved in the Seeley Lake community since 1956. He worked at the Gray Lumber Company for two summers and worked there the night before the mill burned.)
Following retirement from the public school class room, Albert (Bert) Brewer completed the requirements for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance at The Catholic University of America in May of this year. During his tenure there he was an adjunct faculty member teaching voice and choir. While in Washington D.C. his performances included the baritone solo in Kurt Weill's "Das Berliner Requiem;" a solo recital of Schubert's "Die schone Mullerin;" a lecture recital on the vocal music of Charles Griffes; and a vocal chamber recital where he gave the Washington, D.C. debuts of 'Songs From The River' by University of Montana professor Patrick Williams and 'Voices From Beyond' by James Eversole, prefessor emeritus of the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Brewer studied voice with John Lester at the University of Montana in Missoula, where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education with a special emphasis in voice. In 1971, after a two year stint of public school music teaching in Montana, he moved to Washington D.C. where he studied voice with Todd Duncan, the original 'Porgy' in George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess."
While in Washington he sang professionally with the Opera Society of Washington, D.C. and the New York City Opera in productions of "Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonney," "Il ritorno di Ulisse in I Patria," "Macbeth," "Le nozze di Figaro," "Idomeneo," and "Il Tabarro," among others at the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap Farm Park. He also sang professionally with the Paul Hill Chorale and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and held professional chorister positions in several Washington area churches. Other experiences included several musical theater productions with the Longworth Dinner Theater. Summer of 1998 found Dr. Brewer singing opera in Cortona, Italy with the Studio Lyrico.
Returning to Montana in 1974, Dr. Brewer taught choir and voice in Libby for 21 years, where his private students and choirs consistently received top awards in various festivals. In the spring of 1998 Dr. Brewer was chosen to be an adjudicator at the MTNA national finals voice competition in Nashville, Tenn.
Dr. Brewer holds a professional Voice Teacher's Certificate