Donald Brinegar

Adjunct Professor

Division: Classical Performance and Composition
Program: Choral and Sacred Music

Expertise: Choral Music
Phone: (213) 821-5756


Donald Brinegar is an adjunct professor of choral music at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he teaches graduate choral conducting and voice lessons. He is also professor of music and director of choral and vocal studies at Pasadena City College, co-director of the Masters of Choral Music program at California State University, Los Angeles, and lecturer in voice at Pomona College located in Claremont, California.

For over thirty years, he has had an active career as a tenor soloist performing throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and numerous other countries. His choirs have received invitations to sing at major choral conferences such as the American Choral Directors Association, the Southern California Vocal Association, The California Music Educators Association and significant choral festivals from New York to Hawaii and from England to Germany.

His choral ensemble, The Donald Brinegar Singers, have recorded ten highly acclaimed compact discs which include the premier recording of the organ version of Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna and the world premier of Villa Lobos’ 10th Symphony Amerinda with the Santa Barbara Symphony. In the spring of 2002, they recorded Emma Lou Diemerís new work Mass and David Childís Hymn For St. Cecilia. In the fall of 2004, they released a compact disc featuring the music of Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre.

Brinegar lectures throughout the university and college community on historical intonation practices, vocal pedagogy and performance, conducting, and the art of teaching. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Southern California, Southern Oregon University, and the University of Nevada, Reno, Northwest Missouri State, Florida State University and California State University, Los Angeles.