We had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Tramm and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jason, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
My career has taught me that perserverence and creativity are essential tools to realizing success. There will always be challenges, but these provide opportinuties to explore directions that might never have been considered.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been a Conductor/Music Director/Professor for over 25 years, working primarily in the Operatic/Symphonic and Choral fields. I am a tenured music professor at Seton Hall University and lead multiple arts organizations and also guest conduct for many others in any given season. I am blessed to collaborate with many elite artists and bring the lessons learned in my professional career back to my students, who inspire me with their energy and abilty to learn so quickly! In the past 5 years, I have founded my production company, Midtlantic Artistic Productions, which has enabled me to provide artistic consulting services to theaters and artist organizations in 5 states. I continue to expand both my individual career and involved in more inspiring artistic projects then I ever thought possible.
Any artistic/creative career is filled with challenges, a few of these have been: remaining in the buisiness through two economic downturns (2008 and Covid), surviving the collapse of a company and rebuilding based on the lessons learned. These setbacks have taught me invaluable lessons on how to produce art under the most challenging circumstances and how to maintain quality and artistic integrity at all costs.
In 2008 the opera company that was my full time position became a victim of the ensueing financial distress (as did 10% of all professionals arts orginztions at tht time). I was devastated and forced to sell my home. As a single father of four who was raising four children, I had to make many sacrifices to remain in the career path that I had chosen. The challenges and soul searching of this period laid the groundwork that would ultimately become my career today. I took all of the lessons, both positive and negative and combined them with tireless hard work and eventually came back stronger and wiser.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I almost never take vacations, instead enjoy exploring the culture and surroundings of the places where I work. These have included various cities in Italy, Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and throughout the United States. I am always inspired by people and visit museums fine restaurants and other places. Ultimately a musical career is a people centered endevor and I enjoy the multitude of personalities that come with conducting a new orchestra, opera productoin or choir!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My four children, Quinton (23), Roaslyn (19), Lilliana (19) ad Mason (17) have been with me every step of the way and often work for my production company, MidAtlantic Artistic Productions.