Brandon Rauch was introduced to barbershop in a high school music class that would change his life forever. He was instantly hooked, and shortly thereafter, he formed his first barbershop ensemble. The following year, in 2009, he joined the Barbershop Harmony Society, and has been an active member ever since.
Brandon cut his barbershop teeth as a member of the Keystone Chorus of the Pittsburgh South Hills Chapter. Just one year after joining, he was named an Assistant Director and began to develop skills as a musical leader. His early barbershop experiences, in part, led to his decision to pursue a music degree in college. He continued in his Assistant Director role through the summer of 2014, when he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music and German from Washington and Jefferson College, where he concentrated on conducting and vocal performance.
After graduation, Brandon relocated to Mississippi to pursue a career as a middle-school educator. He took his love for barbershop with him and soon after getting settled, he joined and began singing with RSVP of the Germantown, TN Chapter. Fueled by energy drinks and his love for barbershop, he enthusiastically drove 6-hours round trip per week and across state lines for rehearsal.
In 2015, Brandon relocated back to the Pittsburgh area and resumed his Assistant Director role with the Keystone Chorus. He later joined the Pittsburgh Metro Chapter, where he eagerly took on the roles of Lead Section Leader and Vice President of Membership and Chapter Development, allowing him to further grow as a musical and chapter leader. He would also later serve the chapter as Vice President of Music and Performance, Interim Co-Director, and Tenor Section Leader.
2017 was a year full of milestones in Brandon’s barbershop journey. His quartet, Gateway, earned the right to compete in the 2017 International Youth Barbershop Quartet Contest in Las Vegas, NV in July, where they were top-20 finishers. Only months later in September, Brandon was named an Assistant Director of Vocal Confluence, and was also named the Artistic Director of the Keystone Chorus where he led them to be named Most Improved Chorus in the Johnny Appleseed District in October.
In July 2018, Brandon had the opportunity to participate in Harmony University’s prestigious Coaching Apprenticeship Program, where he helped to coach quartets and choruses from both the U.S. and Canada in the Music category. His coaching style has evolved to help ensembles enhance their storytelling by exploring elements of music theory, text analysis, and vocal expression. Recently, in September 2018, Brandon was named Artistic Director of Vocal Confluence and he is incredibly excited to get to work.
Brandon resides in Dormont, PA, and works full-time as an Accounting Manager for a local company.