Brian Watts graduated from St. Mary Catholic School in May 1999 and John T. Hoggard High School in May 2003.
He completed his undergraduate education at North Carolina State University, graduating magna cum laude in May 2008 with degrees in Chemistry and Physics. While attending NC State, Brian conducted research on DNA replication fidelity at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) under the guidance of Dr. Thomas A. Kunkel and Dr. Stephanie Nick McElhinny.
Upon graduation from NC State, Brian served as a research assistant on the green starch assay development team at Syngenta Biotechnology. In the fall of 2009, he was accepted to the graduate Chemistry program at Duke University and began research on the thermodynamic basis of multivalent affinity in aqueous solutions, under the instruction of Prof. Eric J. Toone. Brian successfully defended his dissertation and was awarded his Ph.D. in May 2015.
In addition to his academic pursuits, Brian has been active with the choral and contemporary a cappella communities since 2002, performing with several high school, collegiate, semi-professional, and professional ensembles. Since 2011, Brian has served as an instructor at multiple a cappella conferences around the country and was the Assistant Executive Producer for the SoJam A Cappella Festival in 2013, one of the largest a cappella festivals in the country. Brian was featured on and helped produced two full-length albums and one EP: Long Time Coming by Acappology (NCSU, 2008), House on Fire by Rhythm and Blue (Duke, 2010), and Eventide by Cognitive Resonance (2015).