About Us

A Brief History
The Arroyo Singers is a nonprofit organization founded in 1961 by a group of Caltech faculty wives.  The group originally rehearsed and gave concerts in the homes of members, but today we annually present two formal Winter and Spring concerts. Concerts also feature a wide variety of instrumental ensembles and 
guest artists on the harp, organ and accordion. The Arroyo Singers have always given informal performances in the area as well, at Women’s Clubs, Libraries, Museums, Senior Centers and Retirement Homes. Our membership is drawn from the Pasadena area and surrounding communities.
Ryan R. Brown, Director of Music

Ryan. R. Brown is a choral conductor and professional baritone based in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to serving as Director of Music for the Arroyo Singers, Brown is a Choral Director at California School of the Arts San Gabriel Valley and a Teaching Associate for the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Previously, Brown served as Associate Conductor for the National Children's Chorus, Artistic Director for Diamonds From The Dust, Artistic Director for the Wachusett Community Choir, and as a Choral Conductor at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, MA.


Brown has performed with several professional vocal ensembles including Voces8, Seraphic Fire, Red Shift, De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Concora, and Areté. Brown is a Master's candidate in Choral Conducting at UCLA with Dr. James Bass. In 2014, Brown graduated as valedictorian at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where he studied Vocal Music Education.

Former Directors
Gregg Smith  1961 - 1966, Steven Wight  1983 - 1986, Harold Kjellberg  1966 - 1982, Jeanine Wagner  1986 -1988, 
Thomas Groth  1982 - 1983, Will Aardappel  1989 - 1993, Dr. James Reitzell 1994 - 2018
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