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.
Founder and Artistic Director
Brad Pierson the founder and artistic director of whateverandeveramen. He 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. He has served on the faculty at Western Illinois University and the University of Toledo. 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. Brad has presented at numerous state music educators conferences, and regional ACDA conferences. He is active as a conductor and clinician throughout the country. Recently two of his arrangements were published by Canasg Music.
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 composers. They have been involved in the commissioning of new music, including a new work for eight voices by critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Gabriel Kahane.
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