Baritone Mel Braun is a versatile performer, equally at home in oratorio, recital, and opera, always open to new collaborations.
As a teacher, Mel heads up the Vocal Program at the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music, a program renowned for its collaborative and wholistic approach to training singers. He has seen many of his students go on to significant careers as performers and teachers.
As a music director, Mel looks after the operatic ensembles at the U of M, as well as working with Winnipeg’s 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.
Patricia Kern, Douglas Bodle, Greta Kraus, Mary Morrison, Martin Isepp, Keith Turnbull, John Boyden, John Martens, Dorothy Lawson, and George Wiebe are some of the many teachers to whom he is grateful to for their generous guidance.
||B.Mus., M.Mus. (Toronto)
Church Music degree (Canadian Mennonite Bible College)
Many performances and broadcasts of Early Music with Tafelmusik and Opera Atelier
Frequent appearances across Canada in the Masterworks of Bach and Handel, including performances with the Calgary Bach Festival, Edmonton’s Pro Coro, Symphony Nova Scotia, Winnipeg’s Canzona, Guelph Chamber Choir, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
New Music, another of Mel’s interests, has seen him premiere works with the Banff Centre, Winnipeg’s Groundswell, Manitoba Opera, Winnipeg New Music Festival, Kitchener’s Sound in the Land Festival, Toronto’s New Music Gallery, and Saskatoon Symphony.
|Ongoing Research & Creative Activity
As a recitalist, he is renowned for his creative approach to Song, whether it’s singing Schumann’s Liederkreis while on stage with the dancers of Winnipeg’s Q Dance, staging Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch, or tracing the life of Schubert among his friends as he completed his final work, Die Winterreise. His ongoing duo partnership with pianist Laura Loewen is at the centre of many of these collaborations.
When not performing as a soloist, he sings with the Emerado Trio, and with Il Primo, an all-baritone trio.
In the Faculty
Among Mel’s many initiatives at the Faculty are:
the annual Opera Theatre School Tour
the Contemporary Opera Lab
the Professor Bach Project
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.
- Musical Director of Opera Theatre and Opera Ensembles
Endowment Advisory Committee
Facilities & Equipment Use Committee
Faculty Artist Performance Series Committee
Scholarship and Awards Committee
B.Mus. (Toronto); M.Mus (Toronto)
Church Music (degree, CMBC)
Vocal Area Coordinator
Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Manitoba
136 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Listen to the Artist
Photo by Trevor Lush.