Braeden Ayres believes that music is a vital form of communication for all people. As a composer, conductor, and instructor, Ayres strives to create and teach art that brings people together, using texts that explore the full gamut of the human experience. His compositions vary widely, with pieces written especially for the changing voices, high school choirs, as well as collegiate, community, and professional choirs.
An internationally performed composer, Ayres's commissioned works have premiered at national and state-level ACDA honor choirs, all-states, and at local choir concerts across the country. His works are published with MusicSpoke, Carl Fischer, and Hal Leonard Music. Ayres was a runner-up in the Raymond S. Brock Student Composition Competition, an invitee to the ACDA Eastern Division Composition Masterclass, first runner-up in the Southwest ACDA Graduate Conducting Competition, and conducted the Northern Colorado Patriot League Women's Honor Choir.
Ayres previously served on the vocal faculty at Discovery Canyon Campus in Colorado Springs, Colorado, teaching 6-12 grade students with a team of exceptional educators. In his four years at DCC, the campus's choral program tripled to over 500 students; over 100 singers were accepted into various Colorado All-State Choirs, and his choirs were consistently awarded top marks at festival; and the Performing Arts Department was a finalist for the “Thomas S. Crawford Team of the Year Award” for Academy School District 20. During this time, Ayres also served as the Assistant Artistic Director of “Out Loud: The Colorado Springs Men’s Chorus” and served as an inaugural board member of the Colorado Middle School All-State Choir.
Ayres is currently graduate assistant at the Florida State University, where he is in pursuit of a PhD in Choral Music Education. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado (MM, Choral Conducting) and Baylor University (BME, Music Education). Ayres is a member of ACDA, NAFME, ASCAP, and MusicSpoke. He shares his home with his husband, Ryan, a fellow music educator and advocate for inclusive teaching—as well as three rescue dogs, Tonks, Kimmy, and Zorp.