department of music

Fine Arts Center, Suite E, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

music@uri.edu401.874.2431 or 401.874.5955

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Brian Cardany

  • Associate Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands
  • Department of Music
  • Phone: 401.874.2799
  • Email:
  • Mailing Address: Department of Music
    Fine Arts Center, E204
    105 Upper College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881


Brian Cardany is the associate director of bands at the University of Rhode Island where he conducts the Concert Band and URI Alumni Wind Ensemble, directs the athletic bands, and teaches courses in music education.

Cardany is also the conductor and music director for the American Band of Providence, one of the finest adult community bands in New England as well as one of the oldest bands in the country (established in 1837). During the summer, he serves as the conductor for the South County Chamber Orchestra in Narragansett, RI.

Cardany is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. In addition to regular engagements in New England, he has been invited to guest conduct ensembles in New York, Maryland, Arizona, and California (Humboldt State University). His scholarly activity includes presentations at the MENC Eastern Division Conference and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and he has served as a research associate for several volumes of the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series (GIA Publications).

Cardany began his career teaching instrumental music in public schools in Virginia and Maryland. He is the faculty sponsor for the Theta Upsilon chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, coordinator for the URI Southern New England Honor Band, and conductor of the URI Commencement Band, and he is a member of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), the National Band Association (NBA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the Rhode Island Music Education Association (RIMEA).


  • Doctor of Musical Arts in music education, Arizona State University
  • Master of Music in music education, Arizona State University
  • Bachelor of Music in music education, James Madison University

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