Curator and Conductor
Conductor Mel Braun is a versatile performer, equally at home in oratorio, recital, and opera, always open to new collaborations. He is well-known to Canadian audiences for his many performances and broadcasts of early music with Tafelmusik and Opera Atelier, and for his frequent appearances across Canada in the Masterworks of Bach and Handel. New Music, another of Mel’s interests, has seen him premiere works with the Banff Centre, Winnipeg’s Groundswell, and Toronto’s New Music Gallery, among others. His ongoing duo partnership with pianist Laura Loewen is at the centre of many collaborations as a recitalist. When not performing as a soloist, he sings with the Emerado Trio, and with Il Primo, an all-baritone trio.
As a teacher, Mel heads up the Vocal Program at the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music. Among Mel’s many initiatives at the Faculty are the Annual Opera Theatre School Tour, the Contemporary Opera Lab, the Professor Bach Project, and Tuesdays in Winnipeg, a venture that brings together high school age boys who love to sing. He has been awarded Merit and Outreach Awards for his efforts.
As a music director, Mel looks after the operatic ensembles at the U of M, as well as working with Camerata Nova, a choir devoted to exploring new approaches to choral music making. He is much in demand as an adjudicator and choral clinician, and also enjoys teaching many of the young rock singers that make up Winnipeg’s burgeoning Indie Music scene. You’ll find him wherever young singers need mentoring.