Musician Composer Conductor Educator

Braden Pontoli is a Los Angeles based musician attending the California Institute of the Arts to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts degree in their Performer-Composer program. At CalArts, Braden conducts the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, an auditioned ensemble and teaches Institute Voice. Current projects include continued work with dance companies and scoring music for upcoming film and video games.

Braden received his Bachelors of Music Education from Baldwin Wallace University. At BW, Braden sang in the Bach Festival Chorus, Motet Choir, University Choir, and the BW Men’s Chorus. Braden formed the All Male A Cappella Ensemble, Mr. Sun’s Echo also arranging music for the ensemble. Braden composed for the BW New Music Series as well as fyoo zh en where student composers were matched with student choreographers.

After undergrad, Braden became the Director of Choirs at Learwood Middle School where he had the opportunity of conducting over a thousand middle school voices in five choirs. Braden formed the Learwood A Cappella Ensemble and helped his choirs receive many superior and excellent ratings at adjudicated events. Braden was music director at Rocky River United Methodist Church where he had the opportunity to conduct the chancel choir, major works, and oversee a wonderful music ministry. In 2016, Braden conducted the OMEA District 4 Jr. High Chorus Festival and in 2019, Braden conducted the PMEA District 5 High School Chorus Festival.

A vocalist, pianist, keyboardist, and percussionist, Braden is in demand to collaborate with choirs, performing artists, recording sessions, and freelance gigs. In 2012, Braden travelled to Jamaica to learn and teach Afro-Cuban Drumming and Jamaican Folk Songs and in 2015, Braden had the opportunity to travel to sing with the Westminster Chamber Choir to New York City. In 2016, Braden started collaborating with MorrisonDance writing music for their show entitled “In The Space of Dreams” that premiered June, 2017 at the Cleveland Public Theater. In 2019, Braden was accepted to the “Screen Music Program” in Pavia, Italy where one of his original scores was screened and submitted for critics review. Braden is a member of ASCAP.