Conductor Bruce Tammen holds degrees from Luther College, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago; he has taught voice and directed choirs at Luther College, the University of Chicago, and the University of Virginia, and is the founding director of Chicago Chorale. He has sung regularly with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Grant Park Chorus, and Bella Voce; and he has performed several seasons under Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival, and with the Robert Shaw Choral Institute, in Souillac, France. Tammen is baritone soloist on the Telarc/Shaw compact discs Appear and Inspire and Liebeslieder Waltzes. He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut under Maestro Rilling in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in January 2007.
Bruce was approached by two of his voice students in 2005 to help found CMAC, and has been with the group through thick and thin ever since. His responsibilities in the group, aside from being an unparalleled conductor, include imparting his wisdom to younger members of the group and making the best brats in the entire world.