After an extended search culminating in the auditions of four finalists, Jason Tramm, DMA, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor with the MidAtlantic Opera has been named Music Director of the Taghkanic Chorale. Tramm became the tenth director in the Chorale’s 53-year history succeeding Steven Fox, who departed after an 11-year tenure with the chorale to become Music Director of the Cathedral Choral Society, Washington, DC.
“I look forward to working with the accomplished and dedicated singers of the Taghkanic Chorale and building on the Chorale’s tradition of bringing the very best in choral music to our community,” says Tramm.
Hailed as a “Conductor to Watch” by Symphony Magazine, Tramm holds degrees in music from the Crane School, the Hartt School and a DMA in Conducting from Rutgers University where he received their prestigious Presidential Fellowship. Tramm’s work in choral, symphonic and operatic spheres has received critical acclaim throughout the United States and abroad. In 2009 he garnered an Emmy Award nomination for his HDTV broadcast by PBS affiliate WNJN of “Verdi Requiem: Live from Ocean Grove.”
Among Tramm’s additional roles are: Music Director of touring professional opera company, Teatro Lirico d’Europa; Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Seton Hall University; Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Director of Music, in Residence; Music Director of Morris Choral Society, Morristown, NJ.
Now in its 54th season, The Taghkanic Chorale offers music lovers in Northern Westchester and surrounding communities the opportunity to sing and hear the greatest choral music of all eras from the Renaissance to contemporary composers. Throughout its history the Chorale has attracted music directors with enormous talent and unique ability to lift avocational singers to high levels of performance. Each year we gladly welcome new singers who are eager to experience the rich benefits of rehearsing and delivering fine choral music.
In June of 2013 the Chorale was one of twelve area musical groups selected
to participate in a Make Music New York event in Central Park. All groups joined to sing R. Murray Shafer's Credo for 12 choirs under the direction of George Steel. Other opportunities have included performing Verdi's Requiem at Carnegie Hall in a mass choir assembled by MidAmerica Productions and singing works by John Rutter at Carnegie Hall under the composer's direction.
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