Recent News:

  • Considering Matthew Shepard: piano/vocal score published by Hal Leonard. MDB is a co-librettist.
  • Recent performances by Conspirare at which Michael Dennis Browne gave either pre-concert remarks or took part in post-concert discussion: Lincoln, Los Angeles, Laramie, Fort Collins.
  • On Friday October 26, Matthew Shepard's ashes were interred at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C; Conspirare performed during the ceremony and give a concert afterwards, and they have invited MDB to be there.
  • Considering Matthew Shepard, a documentary produced by KLRU in Austin, is now being shown on PBS stations all over. See it here.
  • "The Call," a concert on the University of Minnesota campus on Sunday October 28, concluded with"North Star Song," which MDB wrote for the occasion. The music is by Ryland Angel and Malcolm Archer.

Stephen Paulus's The Road Home
King's College Choir

Librettist Michael Dennis Browne talks about working with the composer Stephen Paulus on The Road Home. American composer Paulus, who passed away in 2014, co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now known as the American Composers Forum, and won posthumous Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Classical Compendium. The Road Home has been performed by King's College Choir on its two most recent tours to the USA, and has become a favorite for the performers and audience members alike.

Conspirare, conducted by Craig Hella Johnson, performs "Holding Carol"

Recorded live at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on December 10, 2017

Carrie Rodriguez, "To Mother You" soloist
Stefanie Moore, "Holding Carol" Soloist

From Conspirare Christmas with Special Guest Carrie Rodriguez, recorded live at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, December 10, 2017

Composed by Craig Hella Johnson
Text by Michael Dennis Browne and Craig Hella Johnson


  • MDB was a part of Dare to Hope: Music and Poetry for Uncertain Times, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. March 2018.

  • MDB participated in pre-concert remarks at Considering Matthew Shepard, performed by Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare, Lied Center for the Performing Arts, February 25, Lincoln, NE.
  • MDB appeared in Twentieth anniversary concert performances of The Three Hermits. November 2017.
  • MDB released Chimes: Selected Shorter Poems, Nodin Press. November 2017
  • MDB appeared at Poets and Writers and Musicians Against the War on the Earth. June 2017, Saint Joan of Arc Church.
  • See Michael Dennis Browne in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Minneapolis poet's song to be performed at Trump's inauguration — but he's not a supporter" Watch video/read story here.
  • MDB participated in Considering Matthew Shepard performance at Symphony Hall, Boston. February 2017. (Performance taped for Austin City Limits Live.)
  • MDB taught "Believing in Writing: Poetry, Prose and Prayer: a writing workshop" at the Collegeville Institute, St John's University. 
  • Michael Dennis Browne was a featured guest with Saint Paul Vocal Forum's Sing Love, Be Love, April/May 2016.
  • Michael Dennis Browne was featured at 6th Pankake Poetry event at the University of Minnesota in April. He read from his new book, The Voices, and the afternoon featured a musical performance by Kathy Saltzman Romey and the University Singers, the flagship choral ensemble of the University of Minnesota. See a video of the event here.