About the Director
The Musical Rhetoric Workshop is directed by Bram Wayman. A conductor and composer, Bram is also active as a keyboardist, vocalist, and musicologist. His specific fields are musical rhetoric and post-classical music, the effort to shatter barriers between classical music and its audiences by adopting anti-formal social norms. (If this excites you, see Bram's other project, Consort.)
Bram is currently in his third and final year directing music at Watkinson School, the oldest independent grade school in Hartford, Connecticut. Bram has re-shaped the music program at Watkinson to focus heavily on musicianship and interpretation. His students learn many of the same concepts explored in the Musical Rhetoric Workshop, living proof that rhetoric need not be confined to graduate seminars or the library shelves.
Before joining the faculty at Watkinson, Bram served as professional apprentice to Kent Tritle in New York City, assisting with diverse ensembles, including the professional and amateur choruses at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, the Oratorio Society of New York, and orchestral players from across the city. He holds his Master's degree in conducting from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he studied with Dr. Robert Bode; he also holds a Master's in composition from the University of Texas at Austin, and his undergraduate degree from Yale University.
Aside from conducting, Bram maintains interests in urban planning, railroads, modern money theory, intersectional feminism, and heirloom apples. He is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Green Mountain Club, and is currently working on climbing all of the 4,000-ft.+ peaks of the White Mountains.
More details about Bram's work are available on his website, www.bramwayman.com.