Brian Newhouse hosts the Friday night live broadcasts of the Minnesota Orchestra heard regionally on Classical Minnesota Public Radio. He’s the Managing Director of Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media’s classical programming, including SymphonyCast, Performance Today, Pipedreams, and other programs that reach a national audience of four million 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. He and his MPR colleagues have innovated a program of outreach and education for Minnesota schoolchildren called Music for Learning that in four years has served over 100,000 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.