Abyssinian Baptist Church appoints Ramón Bryant Braxton as its new Director of Music Ministries & Fine Arts.
Ramón Bryant Braxton, a native of Tacoma, WA currently resides in Prince George’s County, MD. He received the B. A. degree in Music from Morehouse College and the M.A. in Music (Choral Conducting) from Morgan State University. While at Morehouse, he studied conducting under David E. Morrow, piano with Jefferson Ethridge, voice with Uzee Brown, Jr. and organ under David F. Oliver. He also served as accompanist of the world- renowned Morehouse College Glee Club and the Morehouse- Spelman Chorus. In 2003, he relocated to Baltimore, MD to pursue graduate studies with Nathan Carter, as his conducting protégé – becoming the last of many distinguished choral conductors to hold that apprenticeship. After Dr. Carter’s untimely passing, his graduate studies were completed under Benjamin Schneider of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and mentored by Tom Hall, Music Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and Dr. W. James Abbington, noted sacred musicologist and organist.
Mr. Braxton began his work in church music as an accompanist at the age of twelve, assisting his grandparents who are all church musicians/ choir directors. Since, he has worked in several prominent churches including the historic Mount Zion Baptist Church of Seattle, WA; First Shiloh Baptist Church of Buffalo, NY; The Victory Church of Stone Mountain, GA, Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church; New Psalmist Baptist Church of Baltimore, MD; and the Douglas Memorial Community Church of Baltimore, MD. In May of 2018, he resigned his posts on the Vocal Music Department faculty of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Washington DC), and as Choral Director of the Metropolitan Baptist Church, Largo, MD, and the Capitol Hill SDA Church, Washington DC to assume the position as Director of Music and Fine Arts Ministries at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, NY.
Mr. Braxton is not only one of the rising choral conductors of his generation, but also a composer, arranger and reputable lyric baritone and pianist. He is also the Founder/ Music Director of Four Brothers, a quartet that performs a broad range of historic and contemporary sacred music. Since 2006, he has served as a member of Soulful Symphony, recently conducting them in concert at the National African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington DC. As a solo artist his performances have been well- received by audiences in British Columbia, Quebec, Japan, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy and Bermuda. He also traveled to Russia, performing in St. Petersburg’s American Music Festival while serving under Dr. Nathan Carter. He has been featured in recital at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, Trinity Church Wall Street; and most recently, a featured artist for the grand opening of the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, AL. He is a recipient of several honors and citations for his musical contributions and accomplishments, but he is most proud of his scholarship granted by the family of Dr. Martin Luther King of Atlanta, GA for impacting the Atlanta Christian community through his dedication to education, excellence and diversity in sacred music.
His immediate plans are to continue his formal education, undertaking doctoral studies in conducting and sacred music. Withal, he hopes to continue his work with church music ministries to maintain inter-generational relevance in worship by strengthening their commitment to diversity, excellence, liturgical responsibility and sound theology in worship arts.