Donald Brinegar

Artist Teacher, Voice
Conservatory of Music


B.M. in Music Education, University of Southern California
M.M. in Choral Music, University of Southern California


Donald Brinegar is a conductor, tenor soloist, voice instructor, educator and master class clinician. Professor Emeritus of Music at Pasadena City College, Brinegar directed the Choral Studies program at PCC for 36 years. Brinegar also conducts the Donald Brinegar Singers, a community choral ensemble in Pasadena, California, Director of Choruses for the Pasadena Symphony and POPS, and adjunct professor of voice at PCC. During the summers he is an adjunct professor of conducting and voice in the Cal State Los Angeles masters program in Choral conducting. Brinegar has published five book on Choral Music. His book “Pitch Perfect: A Theory and Practice of Choral Intonation” was released in December 2019 and has already been hailed as a singular contribution in the field of Choral Music. “Conducting Primer: Seven Principles of Choral Conducting” was published in May of 2020 and “Conducting Primer in Practice” was published in June 2020. Both books have received international critical acclaim.

He has an extensive background as a performer both as a soloist and a conductor having performed throughout the United States, Japan, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and Canada. Brinegar has performed as a featured soloist with Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, Roger Wagner, Gerard Swartz, Murray Sidlin, Howard Swan, Charles Hirt, Rod Eichenberger, William Hall, Marvin Hamlisch, Michael Feinstein, and with numerous music festivals, orchestras and opera associations. He has collaborated artistically with Henry Mancini, Barry Manilow, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, John Delancie, and the Chieftains. His choirs have given five performances for the American Choral Directors Association Conferences, California Music Educators (MENC), Choral Conductors Guild, and have twice performed in Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Music Center, and the Hollywood Bowl.

Don holds degrees in music education and choral music from the University of Southern California where in 1985 he was named the Outstanding Graduate Student in the School of Music. He was named the Outstanding Teacher for Claremont Unified Schools in 1979 and has been twice nominated as the Outstanding Teacher at Pasadena City College. This past fall Brinegar was recognized by the Pasadena Symphony as their Artist of the Year. He has served as President and Treasurer for the Southern California Vocal Association, Treasurer for the Western Division of the American Choral Directors Association, President of the Music Association of California Community Colleges, and Past-President of the Pasadena Sunrise Rotary Club.

Courses Taught at Redlands

Applied Voice

Awards and Honors

Outstanding Ensemble Member - University of Southeren California Chamber Singers, 1973

Teacher of the Year, Claremont Unified Schools, Claremont High School, 1979

Outstanding Graduate of the School of Music, University of Southeren California MM, 1985

Outstanding Graduate Choral Music, University of Southeren California 1985

Outstanding Ensemble Member, University of Southeren California Chamber Singers 1985

Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Pasadena City College Nominated 1989, 2002, and 2014.

Professor Emeritus, Pasadena City College, 2015

Artist of the Year, Pasadena Symphony, 2016

Convention Honoree for ACDA Western Division, 2020 (for exceptional service to the field of Choral Music in the United States)

Donald Brinegar Singers Performance Video

The premiere performance of "Nocturnes" (Lauridsen) by the Donald Brinegar Singers (Donald Brinegar, conductor, with composer Morten Lauridsen at the piano) during the 2005 ACDA National Conference in Los Angeles, California. This three-movement work was the 2005 Raymond W. Brock Memorial Choral Commission.