Brian Newhouse is the Managing Director of Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media’s classical programming, including SymphonyCast, Performance Today, Pipedreams, and other programs that reach more than three million radio and online listeners each week.
He holds degrees in voice and English from Luther College, and had an active professional singing career alongside his work in radio, a passion that gave rise to his creating MPR’s 24-hour online Choral Stream.
He and his MPR colleagues have innovated a program of outreach and music education for Minnesota schoolchildren that in the past five years has served over 130,000 students across the state. He won a Peabody Award for writing the radio documentary The Mississippi: River of Song, and he’s the author of the memoir, A Crossing. He and his family live in St. Paul.
"...a deep feeling for putting across a song is at the core of these heartfelt and occasionally surprising vocal performances... there's a studied yet ethereal focus to 'Someone Else's Life' and some fun and funk on the New Orleans-styled romp 'Coriander Stomp'."
~ Denise Sullivan, Downbeat Magazine
"Bright and imaginative... She has a giving and generous musical personality that manifests in her broad format and genre palette... Eckert sings wordlessly, scatting in and out of the musical celebration, which is a good way to describe the entire recording."
-C. Michael Bailey, AllAboutJazz.com