Braeden Ayres is a composer, conductor, and instructor of vocal music. Ayres’s repertoire varies widely, with pieces written especially for the developing voice, high school choirs, and collegiate/professional ensembles. In the past year, Ayres was a finalist in the Raymond S. Brock Student Composition Competition, and took 2nd place in the SWACDA Graduate Choral Conducting Competition. He is an inaugural board member of the Colorado Middle School All-State choir, and his works have premiered at local, state, and international choral festivals. Ayres was recently named the University of Northern Colorado's "Student Innovator of the Year" and awarded the UNC Spark Prize for his design of a new "'intelligent' rhythm-teaching smartphone app," which is currently in development. Ayres graduated cum laude in 2011 from the Baylor University School of Music in Waco, Texas with a Bachelor’s of Choral Music Education degree, and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado. Ayres is a member of the national and state-level chapters of ACDA, NAFME, ASCAP, and the Society of Composers, Inc.