Current and upcoming events
- February 2, 2020
Bram launches the new website of his current major project, the Musical Rhetoric Workshop, at www.musicalrhetoric.org.
- January 24, 2020
Bram directs the ensembles of Watkinson School in their winter concert, entitled "Deal With It": music about problems and solutions. 7:30 pm in the Foisie Family Amphitheater. The concert is free — all are welcome!
- December 10, 2019
The board of the Choir School of Hartford welcomes Bram as a new member.
- December 6, 2019
Watkinson School's Composition Studio, Bram's music-writing and musicianship workshop, begins for Watkinson's ninth through thirteenth grades, bringing together young hip-hop songwriters and budding classical composers to study tension and release, song structure, voice leading, and economy of means in composition. The club meets three times per week, and will last all winter.
- November 10–17, 2019
The Musical Rhetoric Workshop holds its inaugural session, practicing interpreting affect through musical gesture and experimenting with speech cadence to project drama in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Recordings from our rehearsal and our concluding performance are on the Video page — take a listen.
- February 22–23, 2019
Watkinson School presents Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly! — Bram's musical-theater directing debut. 7:30 pm in the Amphitheater. Tickets are $10 (general admission) or $5 (Watkinson students, faculty/staff, and seniors) at the door or at www.watkinson.org. Put on your Sunday clothes — we'll see you this weekend!
- June 16–19, 2018
The Yale International Choral Festival convenes, with Bram serving as an assistant conductor in rehearsal. Visit www.yaleinternationalchoralfest.org to learn more.
- January 19, 2018
Bram leads the ensembles of Watkinson School in their first performance under his direction, "Out of the Darkness." 7:30 pm in the school's Amphitheater. The concert is free and all are welcome to attend!
- August 15, 2017
Bram moves to Hartford to begin teaching at Watkinson. The fall curriculum includes music by Handel, Finzi, Dett, Mozart, and Nielsen.
- May, 2017
Bram is appointed to teach upper and middle school music at Watkinson School in Hartford, Connecticut. Watkinson, a longtime leader in progressive education in New England, is home to a strong arts program, with five ensembles for a student body of fewer than 250.
- May 8, 2017
The Oratorio Society of New York performs Bach's Mass in B minor, the rehearsal process of which Bram has aided with. 8:00 pm in Carnegie Hall. Click here for details and tickets.
- April 27–May 20, 2017
Bram serves as guest assistant conductor with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, leading the orchestra in rehearsals of Dvořák's sixth symphony and Bruch's Scottish Fantasy. Visit NYSAE's website for more information on the performance on May 21st.
- Apr. 6–7, 2017
The combined choirs of St. John the Divine, the Oratorio Society of New York, and the Manhattan School of Music join to perform Britten's monumental War Requiem as the final installment of this concert season's "Great Choir" series. Bram has helped rehearse this production at the podium and from the piano. 7:30 pm at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine; visit this page for details and to purchase tickets.
- Feb. 11, 2017
Bram attends the winter meeting of the New York Choral Consortium, focusing on executive and board leadership of, and leadership transitions in, choral ensembles professional and amateur.
- Jan. 14 – 17, 2017
Bram takes part in a choral-orchestral conducting workshop hosted by dciny; he was invited to participate at the highest level. The repertoire is Haydn's Creation.
- Dec. 10, 2016
The full choirs and orchestra of St. John the Divine perform Bram's arrangement of "O Holy Night" at their annual Christmas concert. Tickets and information available here.
Oct. 25, 2016
In his New York debut, Bram conducts several ancient Byzantine chants with the professional chorus of St. John the Divine, in a concert entitled "The Glory of Constantinople" (part of the Great Music in a Great Space series). 7:30 pm at the Cathedral; see the website for details.
- Oct. 6, 2016
As part of his research for St. John the Divine, Bram visits Hellenic College Holy Cross, the Orthodox Archdiocese's seminary in Brookline, ma, for a coaching with Dr. Grammenos Karanos on Byzantine chant.
- Sept. 11, 2016
Bram begins work as professional apprentice to Kent Tritle, working with Musica Sacra, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, the Oratorio Society of New York, and observing other professional and academic groups in the city. Bram's apprenticeship lasts the duration of the 2016–2017 concert season.
- Jul. 18, 2016
Bram begins a month-long apprenticeship with Dr. Gerard Floriano at the Finger Lakes Opera, assisting with a production of Verdi's La Traviata.
- May 15, 2016
Bram joins the Kansas City Baroque Consortium as a guest conductor to lead the ensemble and guest soloist Sarah Ibbett in a performance of "Summer," from Vivaldi's popular The Four Seasons. 3:00 pm at Village Presbyterian Church.
- May 14, 2016
Bram graduates as a Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
- May 2, 2016
Bram conducts two movements of Jeffrey Van's A Procession Winding around Me with the umkc Conservatory Singers and guitarist Doug Niedt.
- April 16, 2016
Bram takes part in umkc's choral conducting masterclass, led by Dr. Robert Bode, as the only Conducting Fellow from Dr. Bode's own studio. The masterclass focuses exclusively on Baroque recitative. Repertoire includes passages from Bach's St. John and St. Matthew Passions, Handel's Messiah, and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.
- March 31, 2016
Bram is inducted for a second time into the national honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. Formerly a member of the society's chapter at the University of Texas at Austin, Bram now belongs to the chapter at umkc.
- March 30, 2016
Bram gives a guest lecture on music of the late Classical period at Eastern Michigan University.
- March 6–8, 2016
Bram's program notes on J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion appear in the program for umkc's highlighted performance at the 2016 Southwestern division ACDA conference in Kansas City. (They are also reprinted for a performance at Highland Park Methodist Church in Dallas.)