A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Dr. Brennan has served as the adjunct instructor of organ at Converse University since 2009. His primary position is as the organist and choirmaster of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Tryon, NC, having there served there since November 1st of 2021. and children’s choirs. For 18 years he was the organist and choirmaster of the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg where under his direction, several Converse students and faculty members participated in the music ministry. He holds degrees in organ performance and church music at the University of Alberta (B. Mus. with distinction), Yale University (MM), and the University of Michigan (DMA).

Over the years, he has performed frequently as a solo recitalist and ensemble performer both locally and nationally. Some of his notable performance venues have included Washington National Cathedral, St. Thomas Church New York City, and the Cathedral of St. Phillip in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Szafron’s non-musical passion is the great outdoors. He is an avid hiker and swimmer and has visited all 47 state parks in South Carolina and 90 percent of the state parks in North Carolina. He visits his parents in Calgary, Alberta whenever possible.


  • Bachelor of Music (University of Alberta)
  • Master of Music (Yale University)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (University of Michigan)