Founder and Artistic Director
Brad Pierson is Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at Western Illinois University. Brad earned his B.M. from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, M.M from California State University-Los Angeles, and D.M.A. from the University of Washington. Previously, Pierson taught at Cheyenne High School and Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas, where his choirs earned superior ratings in Nevada, California, and Arizona. In 2005, Brad founded the Las Vegas A Cappella Summit, an event bringing contemporary a cappella music to high school students. Brad has presented at the Nevada Music Educators Association All-State Convention (2009, 2010), ACDA Western Division Conference (2010), and the Illinois Music Education Conference (2015, 2016).
In 2012, Brad founded whateverandeveramen., a project-based choral ensemble which is focused on breaking down the traditional audience/performer paradigm by creating unique, and non-traditional performance events. w&ea. has performed the world premiere of works by Paul Ayres, David V. Montoya, and several other young composers. Most recently, in an effort to bring a new voice to choral music, they commissioned a new work for eight voices by critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Gabriel Kahane.
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who we are. whateverandeveramen. is a project-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of high quality choral literature of varied styles from all musical eras. While you may be familiar with much of the repertoire we perform, it is our goal to present the music in settings and venues which are not necessarily typical for choral music, and to create a context which inspires a new appreciation for the music we sing. It is our hope that in addition to a fan base of listeners, our audiences will become actively engaged in our music-making community.
whateverandeveramen. is borrowed from a lyric by Ben Folds and is reinterpreted as a statement of faith, reflection, and finding a sense of inner peace in the face of adversity. Here, faith is not viewed as belonging to any particular set of beliefs but a faith in our own journey. It is the belief that whatever challenges we may face, that life will find a way to work itself out. This ensemble uses music as a means of expressing this sentiment as we reflect upon life’s journey and the inevitable bumps along the way.