Suffolk Symphonic Choir | Music Director
Brad Drinkwater has been teaching music, including 7th through 12th grade mixed and treble voice choirs, for nearly 20 years. He currently teaches choir and music theory at Connetquot High School in Bohemia, where he also directs the annual Alumni Choir. Brad served as the pianist for the MYO Suffolk Symphonic Choir from its inception in 2013 until his appointment as the inaugural director of the Suffolk Senior Treble Choir in 2019. He is delighted to be making music with the Suffolk Symphonic Choir once again, now as music director.
Under his leadership, the Connetquot High School Concert Choir has appeared at American Choral Directors Association, New York State School Music Association, and New York State School Board Association conferences and won 2nd place in the 2020 American Prize national performing arts competition. Brad was also chosen as a semifinalist for the 2021 Grammy Music Educator Award. Additionally, Connetquot’s annual Choral Arts Day event was selected by Music for All as an Advocacy in Action award recipient.
Brad received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education, with dual concentrations in voice and piano, from New York University and later earned a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. At NYU, he studied with David Elliott, Francisco Nuñez, and Deirdre O’Donohue and served as the Assistant Director and pianist for the NYU Children’s Choir. He was also recognized at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella for both arrangements and vocal performances.
Brad enjoys working as a conductor, singer, and collaborative pianist, performing throughout Long Island—including as a member of the eVoco Voice Collective. Most importantly, he shares his love of music with his wife, Lauren, and their two sons.