Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, SSG Bryan Hiroto Stenson attended St. Mary's International School where his Minnesota parents taught music and choir. He attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. While there, he was very active in the choral program and sang with their award-winning Choir of the West under the direction of Richard Nance. He was also actively involved in the PLU opera, musical theater, a cappella, and dance programs. Following graduation, Stenson did a 12-month internship working with singers in grades K-12 from the Tacoma Youth Chorus and grades 1-5 of Charles Wright Academy led by Judith Herrington. This conducting experience led him to pursue a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. While there, he served as Conducting Fellow for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Assistant Conductor of the Butler Chorale under the guidance and direction of Eric Stark and Henry Leck. During this time he prepared and performed numerous major choral symphonic works including Verdi's Requiem, Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, and Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna.
In May 2014, upon completion of his degree, Stenson taught music in Arlington County, Virginia. A year later, he auditioned for The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" and won his current seat as a member of The U.S. Army Voices. He not only uses his voice in the native language of this country, but also in the words of his home town of Tokyo in honor of Japanese dignitaries and guests to our country.