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School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
Joel Braun is Assistant Professor of Music (Double Bass) at Ball State University. As an orchestral musician he has performed in the leading concert halls of North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He is currently a section bass member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Prior to his appointment at Ball State, Joel was a full time substitute musician with the New York Philharmonic. He has participated in numerous international tours with the Philharmonic, including the historic visit to Pyongyang, North Korea with Lorin Maazel in 2008. In addition, he has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic.
Equally distinguished as a soloist and chamber musician, Joel has performed recent solo recitals at the Eastman School of Music as part of the International Society of Bassists 2013 convention and in Cincinnati, OH as an invited guest artist of the Cincinnati Bass Society. In September 2013 he performed Serge Koussevitzky's Concerto Op. 3 with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra. He is a frequent collaborator with members of the American Piano Trio and can be heard regularly in solo and chamber music performances at Ball State University and throughout Indiana. An advocate for living composers, Joel has premiered works by Bezhad Ranjbaran, Manuel Sosa, and Sofia Kraevska.
As an educator Joel has been a faculty member of The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, New York City's Special Music School at the Kaufman Center, the Benefic Chamber Music Camp, the Music For All National Festival, and the Music For All Summer Symposium. His students have won numerous competitions and awards including The Juilliard School Double Bass Concerto Competition and the Pearl and Julius Young Rising Star Competition. His students have also won auditions for positions and participation in such ensembles as the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, the Castleton Festival Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
Joel is a past recipient of the Aspen Music Festival String Fellowship and a graduate of The Juilliard School (B.M. 2005, M.M. 2007). A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Joel started double bass studies with Juilliard alumna Sue Stubbs in 1996. From 1999 through 2007 his primary studies were with Eugene Levinson at The Juilliard School. He has studied additionally with Chris Hanulik, Paul Ellison, Stuart Sankey, Jack Budrow, and Lawrence Hurst.
Elegy for Double Bass and Piano and Manuel Sosa's Tractus V, a
piece written for and dedicated to him.
For more information, see Professor Braun’s personal website.
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