Bram Wayman: Conductor/Composer

Bram Wayman — Conductor/composer


Video footage of Bram's conducting work, in rehearsal and performance.

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Video from Bram's work directly under Kent Tritle is available on a restricted basis. Please contact Bram for details if necessary.

The Musical Rhetoric Workshop

Bram founded the Musical Rhetoric Workshop in the autumn of 2019 as a practicum for musicians in Hartford, ct to experiment with the musical-rhetorical tools of affect, gesture, and speech cadence and their direct use in interpretation. The repertoire was Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Most participants were collegiate and graduate students and young professionals. This rehearsal and performance, part of the inaugural Workshop, took place the week of November 10th, 2019, at Hartford's Watkinson School.

For information on how to take part in the Musical Rhetoric Workshop, please contact Bram directly.

Rehearsal: Rehearsal during the first evening of the Musical Rhetoric Workshop, discussing affect, rhetorical gesture, and the union of the two. Focuses on nos. 36 and 14 in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.

Performance: The concluding chorus from Act I and the beginning of Act II of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.

Joseph Haydn – Creation

In the spring of 2017, Bram was invited to coach the upper-division chorus at Queens College (New York City) in preparation for their season-finale performance of Creation. This rehearsal took place on April 26th, 2017; the choir is just at the end of the note-learning phase.

Rehearsal: "A new-created world." Bram tests the choristers' ability to lead themselves and rehearse, in part, without a conductor.

Antonio Vivaldi – "Summer" (The Four Seasons)

Bram conducted this short concerto with the Kansas City Baroque Consortium as part of a program featuring the violinist Sarah Ibbett; Elisa Bickers (harpsichord) and Trilla Ray-Carter (cello) served as the continuo team. The performance took place at Village Church on June 16th, 2016.

Rehearsal: Rehearsal on movements i and ii, showing some of the delightful abdication of duties possible when conducting Baroque music.

George Frideric Handel – Judas Maccabaeus

Handel's 1746 oratorio served as Bram's Master's recital at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Bram cut the oratorio to an hour in length, necessitating the interleaving of movements from Handel's various revisions of the work and the recomposition of recit to achieve proper key relations.

The UMKC University Singers were joined by a professional and student orchestra led by James Woods (concertmaster), Eman Chalshotori (continuo — cello), and Allison Shinnick (continuo — harpsichord); the cast included David Adams (Judas), Devin Burton (Simon), Victoria Olson (Israelitish Woman), and Erin Lillie (Israelitish Man). The performance took place on November 3rd, 2015.

Performance: "Arm, arm, ye brave," "We come in bright array," and "'Tis well, my friends."

Johann Sebastian Bach – Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe

Bram's fourth Bach cantata performance, Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe was the opening concert of the 2015–2016 "Bach's Lunch" series at umkc. The cantata, bwv 156, is best known for its opening sinfonia, later adapted into the F minor harpsichord concerto (bwv 1056). The performance, which featured Anna Hoard (alto), Chris Puckett (tenor), Armando Contreras (bass), Jessica Cary (oboe), and Elisa Bickers (continuo), took place on September 25th, 2015.

Rehearsal: Final rehearsal (before the dress) on movements iv, ii, i, iii, and v.

Jeffrey Van – A Procession Winding Around Me

Bram recorded the first two movements of Jeffrey Van's cantata on texts by Walt Whitman with the UMKC Conservatory Singers. This recording took place on May 3rd, 2016.

Performance: Mvt. i: "By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame"

Performance: Mvt. ii: "Beat! Beat! Drums!"