Bryan Pinkall is a tenor from Manhattan, Kansas. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Music for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Kansas State University. Bryan was a Kauffman Scholar at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance in 2013.Bryan performs and records with several ensembles and is an active soloist and operatic tenor. He recently had his solo Carnegie Hall debut in April 2014 as a soloist with the National Festival Chorus and was a soloist for Mozart’s Requiem at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna in March 2016. He was named Distinguished Kansan of the Year in the Performing Arts in 2014 by the Topeka Capitol Journal.
Bryan is a Grammy-winning soloist and chorister with the Kansas City Chorale, recipients of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical, and 2016 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance. He was also an artistic director for the Emmy Award-winning Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. In addition to the Kansas City Chorale, Bryan was a member of the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers and Te Deum Antiqua. He performs across the United States as a soloist in many early music and baroque ensembles and has performed leading roles in operas such as Don Jose in Le Tragedie de Carmen, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Charles in Hotel Casablanca, Nelson Deadly in Too Many Sopranos, as well as Robert d’Guillaume in the world premiere of Not A Tenor with Capitol Opera.
Bryan was a featured soloist at the Grand Opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in 2011 along with Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, and others.
He often performs as a soloist in orchestral settings with ensembles including the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Baroque Consortium, Washburn Univeristy Orchestra, Kansas State University Orchestra, Village Symphony, and Kansas City Civic Symphony. He was also Director of Vocal Activities for the World Choral Festival in 2016.
Bryan won the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship from Yale University in 2012, was a Kauffman Scholar at the University of Missouri Kansas City from 2010-2013. He was a American Prize finalist in 2017 and won the 2010 Kansas National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards
Bryan received a Master’s of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and Conducting Performance from Kansas State University where he also received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance. At Kansas State University, he also serves at the Administrative Director for the Summer Choral Institute.
Bryan was the Founder and Education Director of the Kansas City Vocal Institute, which provided free or greatly discounted music education for over 1,000 underprivileged children and families in the Kansas City metropolitan area.