Bram Wayman: Conductor/Composer

Bram Wayman — Conductor/composer


Watkinson School, 2017–

Bram has programmed a very wide array of repertoire at Watkinson, drawing from styles across the globe and challenging students in many different aspects of musicianship. Below is a representative selection.

Upper school orchestra:
  • Horn quintet (K. 407) – W. A. Mozart
  • A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
  • Take the A Train – Billy Srayhorn
  • Suite for strings, mvt. i – Carl Nielsen
Upper school chorus:
  • O salutaris Hostia – Gioachino Rossini
  • Barrett's Privateers – Stan Rogers
  • What a Wonderful World – Bob Thiele / George Weiss, arr. Clausen
  • Listen to the Lambs – Nathaniel Dett
Middle school ensemble:
  • Eternal source of light divine (from the 1710 Birthday Ode) – G. F. Handel
  • Bridge over Troubled Water – Paul Simon, arr. Shaw
  • Siyahamba (traditional)
  • Evening – Arthur Sullivan
Combined ensembles:
  • I was glad – C. Hubert H. Parry
  • God is gone up – Gerald Finzi

Conducting with Kent Tritle, 2016–2017

Bram has conducted the following works (or movements thereof) during the 2016–2017 season, in rehearsal and, where indicated by date, in performance.

Professional performers

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Musica Sacra, &c.

  • Byzantine chants, including hymns, Imperial acclamations, kontakion movements, &c., sung with traditional Byzantine performance practice (October 25th, 2016)

Amateur performers

Oratorio Society of New York, volunteer chorus of St. John the Divine

  • Coronation Mass – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • In nativitatem Domini nostri Jesu Christi canticum (H. 414) – Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • Mass in B minor (H. 414) – Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Mass in C minor – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (ed. Eder – Bärenreiter)
  • Messiah – George Frideric Handel
  • Te Deum – Anton Bruckner
  • War Requiem – Benjamin Britten

Finger Lakes Opera company, 2016

During the 2016 summer season, Bram served as apprentice to Dr. Gerard Floriano with the Finger Lakes Opera company at suny Geneseo. The season's opera was:

  • La Traviata – Giuseppe Verdi

Graduate studio work, 2012–2016

All music on this list was been studied privately with Dr. Robert Bode. Most pieces were of Bram's own choosing. Works are listed in the order studied, with the most recent first; performances are indicated by date.

  • Judas Maccabaeus – George Frideric Handel (Nov. 3rd, 2015)
  • Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe (bwv 156) – Johann Sebastian Bach (Sept. 25th, 2015)
  • Die Schöpfung – Franz Joseph Haydn (in English)
  • Die Elenden sollen essen (bwv 75) – Johann Sebastian Bach (Feb. 6th, 2015)
  • Elias – Felix Mendelsson
  • Schicksalslied – Johannes Brahms
  • Dido and Aeneas – Henry Purcell
  • St. Matthew Passion – Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin (bwv 125) – Johann Sebastian Bach
  • La Bohème – Giacomo Puccini
  • Assorted part-songs by Elgar, Parry, and Wood
  • Mass in G – Francis Poulenc
  • Nänie – Johannes Brahms
  • St. John Passion – Johann Sebastian Bach
  • In Terra Pax – Gerald Finzi (Dec. 23rd, 2012)
  • Fern Hill – John Corigliano
  • Rejoice in the Lamb – Benjamin Britten
  • Requiem, K. 626 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, ed. Fassung Beyer

In-class podium work focused on a separate repertoire, including:

  • Masterworks including Bach’s Magnificat, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Brahms’ Requiem, Kodály’s Missa Brevis, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and many others, as well as the occasional
  • smaller work of notable stature, such as Barber’s Reincarnations, Ginastera’s Lamentations of Jeremiah, excerpts from Schütz’s Geistliche Chormusik, motets by Poulenc, Taverner, Rheinberger, &c.

Consort and the Collegium Musicum, 2010–2015

Bram's two chamber choirs have consistently performed a wide range of eclectic, musically outstanding, and/or culturally significant octavo works. This list shows a representative selection. Each semester's program for the Collegium Musicum typically comprised ten to fifteen pieces; for Consort, seven to eight.

  • Verbum Patris humanatur – Anonymous (12th c. France)
  • Stella splendens – Anonymous (late 14th c. Catalonian pilgrimage song)
  • Agincourt carol – Anonymous (ca. 1420)
  • Kyrie (Missa L'Homme armé) – Antoine Busnois
  • Shrill-sounding bird – Robert Jones
  • Super flumina Babylonis – Orlando di Lasso
  • Quien amores tiene – Juan Vásquez (taught to Assistant Conductor)
  • Sfogava con le stelle – Claudio Monteverdi
  • Exultate Deo – Alessandro Scarlatti
  • "Ehre sei dir, Christe" (finale from Matthäuspassion) – Heinrich Schütz
  • Almighty and everlasting God – Thomas Tomkins
  • In Vino Veritas – Benjamin Cooke, arr. Wayman
  • Christus factus est – Johann Michael Haydn
  • Siehe, das ist Gottes Lamm – Gottfried August Homilius
  • Quoniam iniquitatem – Johann Friedrich Fasch
  • They Are at Rest – Edward Elgar
  • Die Wasserrose – Niels Gade
  • When Allan-a-Dale Went A-Hunting – Robert Lucas Pearsall
  • Ex Sion – Josef Gabriel Rheinberger
  • Tota pulchra es – Maurice Duruflé
  • Székely Keserves – Zoltán Kodály
  • Two Little Ladies – Jon J. Polifrone
  • "The Paper Reeds by the Brooks" (from The Peaceable Kingdom) – Randall Thompson
  • Holidays – Andrew Davis (world premiere)
  • Northern Lights – Ola Gjeilo
  • Jenga Imani Yako – Israel Kagaruki
  • Evening Waterfall – Caroline Mallonée (world premiere)
  • Old Tom Wilson – Trad., arr. Marshall Bartholomew
  • Muié Rendêra – Trad. Portuguese folk songs, arr. C. A. Pinto Fonseca
  • Ride the Chariot – Trad. spiritual, arr. William H. Smith
  • Hi Ho Balls – UT student song, arr. Wayman

Village Presbyterian Church and Second Presbyterian Church, 2012–2016

Only significant pieces, or those requiring relatively heavy study and rehearsal, are listed.

  • Dona Nobis Pacem – Ralph Vaughan Williams (chorusmaster)
  • Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme (bwv 140)– Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Angels and Demons – Pauline Oliveros, adapt. Wayman
  • Gloria, Mass in C – Ludwig van Beethoven
  • I Was Glad – C. Hubert H. Parry
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in D – George Dyson
  • In Terra Pax – Gerald Finzi