Brody McDonald


Brody McDonald is the director of choirs at Kettering Fairmont High School in Kettering, Ohio, and an adjunct music faculty member at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. His choirs have performed regularly at Ohio Music Education Association state conferences and at regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. They also have performed with internationally known artists including Kenny Rogers, LeAnn Rimes, the Beach Boys, Kenny Loggins and Pentatonix.

In 2010, his award-winning a cappella group Eleventh Hour was the first high school group to perform on NBC's The Sing-Off. The group also was featured on ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition and won a gold medal in the Pop Choral Champions Division at the 2012 World Choir Games. Eleventh Hour's studio recordings have been included on multiple releases of Best of High School A Cappella and have won Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs) for Best High School Album and Best High School Song.

Brody is at the forefront of the educational a cappella movement, serving as a founder of the A Cappella Education Association and as a nominator and judge for the Contemporary A Cappella Society’s CARA awards program. He has presented on pop a cappella in the classroom at numerous educational conferences and regularly lectures on the topic for ACDA chapters throughout the Midwest.

Brody is the author of A Cappella Pop: A Complete Guide to Contemporary A Cappella Singing and the co-founder of Camp A Cappella (www.campacappella.com), an immersive weeklong summer camp for students, educators and a cappella enthusiasts of all ages.

Brody is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in choral conducting. He is an experienced barbershopper who sang in an international champion college quartet, a top-20 open class quartet, and in a bronze-medal chorus. He has been named one of Choral Director magazine's Choral Directors of Note.