Joel Braun is Assistant Professor of Double Bass at Ball State University (BSU). As an orchestral musician he has performed in the world’s leading concert halls. He currently holds a section bass position in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and performs regularly as a substitute musician with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has performed extensively with the New York Philharmonic, including numerous international tours to Europe, Asia, and throughout North America. Additional experiences include performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic.
As a soloist Joel has performed recent recitals at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the Eastman School of Music. He is a frequent collaborator with the members of the American Piano Trio and can be heard regularly in solo and chamber music performances at Ball State University and throughout the mid-west.
As an educator Joel has presented recent master classes at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Oregon, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has held faculty positions at 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. He recently presented a lecture/recital at the International Society of Bassists (ISB) 2015 convention at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado on the subject of Eugene Levinson’s book The School of Agility and an article on the same subject recently appeared in the ISB professional journal “Bass World”.
Joel studied with Eugene Levinson at The Juilliard School where he earned his B.M. and M.M. degrees. He lives in Muncie, IN with his wife and son.