Bram has conducted, assisted in conducting, and, in two cases, founded ensembles in Hartford; New York City; Geneseo, ny; Austin, tx; and in Kansas City, mo. His work has included concert music and opera, instrumental ensembles large and small, and solo vocalists as well as choral ensembles.
Ensembles at Watkinson School
At Watkinson, Bram directs the following ensembles:
- Upper School Orchestra, grades nine to thirteen: auditioned; all instruments
- Upper School Chorus, grades nine to thirteen: auditioned; mixed, a cappella
- Middle School Ensemble, grades six to eight: auditioned, choral-orchestral
- Brass Kickers, grades nine to thirteen: non-auditioned wind/brass jazz band
- Vox Wat, grades nine to thirteen: auditioned mixed a cappella group
Bram also directs a general-music class at the sixth grade level, teaches a songwriting club, and directs school musical productions.
Ensembles under Kent Tritle, New York City, 2016–2017
During the 2016–2017 season, Bram served as professional apprentice to Kent Tritle. He is the first conductor Mr. Tritle has taken on in such a capacity. Working with several ensembles in New York (Musica Sacra, the Oratorio Society of New York, and the performers at St. John the Divine), Bram conducted, prepared parts, helped liason with and contract musicians, played piano, and otherwise aided with rehearsal.
The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
St. John the Divine is the seat of the Episcopal church of south-eastern New York. Its music program encompasses three choirs and regular orchestral appearances, alongside the fully professional "Great Music in a Great Space" series.
Bram's work at the Cathedral was among his most diverse in New York. He researched, prepared, and performed music of the Byzantine Empire (in collaboration with Cappella Romana of Portland, or and Hellenic College Holy Cross of Brookline, ma), sung and played Anglican chant, and aided with the rehearsal of anthems from across the choral spectrum, from conducting the music of Charpentier to helping assign ficta in new editions of Dufay. In February 2017 he aided with the preparation and conducting of "Refuge in Music," a concert in solidarity with refugees in the United States, which drew hundreds of performers.
The Associate Director of Music at St. John the Divine, Raymond Nagem, is among Bram's private conducting students.
The Oratorio Society of New York
The Oratorio Society of New York is one of New York City's oldest and most prominent amateur choruses. During the 2016–2018 season, OSNY performed towering repertoire by composers old and new, including Bach's Mass in B minor, Mozart's unfinished masterpiece Mass in C minor, Britten's War Requiem, and Handel's Messiah. Bram conducted and occasionally played keyboard in rehearsal, and aided with the preparation of orchestral materials for performances throughout the year.
Musica Sacra, the oldest continuously-performing professional choir in the United States, presented three performances this season: Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcellae (with works by Pärt and Tavener — October), Messiah (December), and Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb (March). Bram minimally assisted these performances by preparing scores and providing input in rehearsal.
As part of his apprenticeship duties, Bram observed and assisted Mr. Tritle in ensembles led, or co-led, by other conductors. This includes Mr. Tritle's work as guest chorusmaster and organist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, his work as a guest artist for the American Symphony Orchestra, his work leading the ensembles of the Manhattan School of Music, and his coaching of the graduate performers of The Juilliard School.
Finger Lakes Opera company
During the 2016 summer season, Bram took apprentice work with Dr. Gerard Floriano at the Finger Lakes Opera, the professional company associated with suny Geneseo. Serving as assistant to Dr. Floriano on the summer's production of Verdi's La Traviata, Bram conducted both soloists and chorus in rehearsal, aided in coaching, composed and orchestrated transitory material for cuts, and developed and ran supertitles. Alongside the tutelage of Dr. Floriano, Bram also received coaching from Linda Boianova and worked on score editing for Mark Walters.
University of Missouri – Kansas City
Village Presbyterian Church
Village Church, the fifth-largest Presbyterian church in the United States, hosts one of the largest and most successful traditional church-music programs in the Midwest. From 2014 to 2016, Bram served as Village Church's Intern Conductor, leading music in rehearsals, services, and concerts, including occasionally conducting the church's sixteen-voice brass ensemble. In 2015, Bram was appointed as chorusmaster for the church's production of Vaughan William's Dona Nobis Pacem, performed at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City.
After two successful concert seasons, Consort went on hiatus in 2015; Bram plans to reinstate the ensemble in the New York / New England area. Consort maintains a web presence at www.consortkc.org, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Owing to its complete avoidance of traditional procedures, Bram believes it to be the first choral group of its kind in the United States.
Second Presbyterian Church
The Collegium Musicum
For more information about the Collegium Musicum, please visit www.txcolmus.org.
The University of Texas Men's Chorus
Bram served as the Assistant Conductor of the University of Texas Men's Chorus from 2009 to 2011. During his first year, his assistant work fulfilled an independent study under John Wiles, D.M.A.