Bryan Nies returns during the 2012 – 2013 season as Assistant Conductor of Die Fledermaus. Last season, Mr. Nies was conductor for Poulenc’s La voix humaine and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, and has conducted several other productions for OSJ, including The Barber of Seville and Eugene Onegin. He has served as assistant conductor for OSJ’s productions of La rondine, Anna Karenina, Manon, Werther, The Crucible and A Masked Ball.
Mr. Nies is currently the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Assistant Conductor of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the Resident Conductor of the Oakland Youth Orchestra, which he recently led on a tour of Australia and New Zealand during the orchestra’s 40th season. In addition, he has conducted performances for Festival Opera in Walnut Creek and Opera Idaho, and is the founding conductor of the Oakland Chamber Ensemble. Pursuing an avid interest in all musical genres, Mr. Nies recently conducted performances for the grand re-opening of the Castro Valley Arts Center, has been an associate musical director with the American Musical Theater of San Jose and Theatreworks, in Palo Alto, and teaches the musical theater workshop at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
In 2002, Mr. Nies received a Leonard Bernstein Fellowship to participate as a conductor at the Tanglewood Music Center. He received his Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Peabody Conservatory, and served as assistant conductor of the Peabody Camerata. He also holds a B.M. in piano performance and a B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University.