Joel Braun is the new assistant professor of music instruction (double bass) at Ball State University. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, receiving his B.M. in 2005 and M.M. in 2007. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Joel started double bass studies with Juilliard alumna Sue Stubbs in 1996. In 1999 he began primary studies with Eugene Levinson at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School Pre-College Division. He has studied additionally with Chris Hanulik, Paul Ellison, Stuart Sankey, Jack Budrow, and Lawrence Hurst. Joel is a past recipient of the Aspen Music Festival String Fellowship. He has been a finalist for positions in the Kansas City Symphony and the New Jersey Symphony and a semi-finalist for positions in the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, and Buffalo Philharmonic. Joel has held faculty positions in double bass at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division and the Kaufman Center in New York City. As a performer, he has concertized with such ensembles as the New York City Ballet, the Israel Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic. From the 2006-2007 season through the 2011-2012 season, Joel was a full time substitute musician with the New York Philharmonic. During that time he participated in numerous domestic and international tours, including the Philharmonic’s historic trip to North Korea in 2008. As a recitalist, Joel has premiered Bezhad Ranjbaran’s Elegy for Double Bass and Piano and Manuel Sosa’s Tractus V, a piece written for and dedicated to him.