Born in south-eastern Michigan, Dean began music studies at an early age, attending Blue Lake Fine Arts School and Interlochen Center for the Arts. After conducting his first a cappella choir at the age of 16, Dean realized his calling and has tirelessly dedicated his time, talent and treasure to furthering the choral art.
He has served as Choral Director at various churches throughout DC/MD/VA as well as Festival Choral Director for the Choral Conductors Guild, with combinded choruses up to 300 singers. Dean is in demand as a clinician to continually help coach, encourage and adjudicate new generations of young singers. He is also active as an arranger and private music instructor in voice and various instruments.
In prior experience, Dean was the Music Director of the Sacred Singers of Washington, who for 8 years performed up and down the east coast of the US. Highlighted works included Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, Monteverdi's Sestina, Byrd's Mass for 4 Voices, and other scores by Praetorius, Lassus, Gabrieli, Palestrina and Victoria.
While active as a singer, Dean has performed most of the major choral works with the Oratorio Society of Washington (now the Washington Chorus) over a 10 year period. He contributed to the successful performance of Britten's War Requiem which won a Grammy Award for best choral performance in 2000.
Dean holds undergraduate (voice/teaching) and graduate studies/degrees (conducting/ leadership) from Brevard College, Shenandoah Conservatory, Westminster Choir College, and Regent University. He had the rare opportunity to study conducting with the following master choral conductors: Mr. Robert Shafer, Dr. John Bertalot, Dr. Weston Noble and Dr. Rodney Eichenberger.