Bryan McNamara began studying the saxophone in upstate New York at age 10. 16 years later, he remains a saxophonist and works as an arts administrator and educator. His passion for sharing music with others has propels him to pursue experiences on and off stage.
Bryan enjoys work as a chamber musician, especially with Singularity, the quartet he co-founded in 2013. Pulitzer Prize-winner Charles Wuorinen wrote that Singularity “brought a wonderful life and spirit to my work” in their 2015 Carnegie Hall debut. David Ludwig, composition professor at the Curtis Institute, described Singularity’s performance as “at once sensitive, nuanced, brash, and daring.” Bryan’s saxophone teachers include Wildy Zumwalt, Patrick Meighan, Carina Rascher, and Laura Fitzgerald.
Bryan joined the Princeton Symphony Orchestra staff in August 2015 as Manager of Operations, overseeing artistic and educational events, and contributing marketing copy on the side. He has lectured about the saxophone for the PSO alongside Music Director Rossen Milanov. Bryan made his concerto debut with Summer Sinfonietta (Tallahassee, FL) in 2014, and has performed with the Princeton Symphony, New World Symphony and Miami City Ballet, Florida State University Symphony Orchestra, and Summer Sinfonietta, where he played auxiliary percussion when players were scarce. Bass drum was his favorite.