Brian Cromer became the Brotherhood’s director in August 2016, and he’s made an immediate impression. He’s a positive force within the chorus, challenging members to sing properly, with precision and artistry. Under his direction, the Brotherhood of Harmony was thrilled to capture the Most Improved Chorus award at the Illinois District convention in 2017.
After graduating in 2009 from Rowan University in New Jersey, he moved to Chicago land in 2010 to become a music teacher in the Chicago public schools. Clearly his roots were in music – playing keyboards in a high school rock band called Tokyo Breakfast and singing principal roles in operas, including Carmen and La Boehme, while in college.
His discovery of the joy of barbershop harmony in 2012 catapulted him into directing a small ensemble, listening to the close harmonies of barbershop as often as possible, and attending annual week-long Harmony Universities for the past several years.
His emphasis on fun and fellowship make rehearsals a joy – something to look forward to every week.
Brian his wife, Jess, and baby daughter, Sadie, live in the suburbs of southwest Chicagoland. He reports that Sadie already has excellent lungs.