DMA, Boston University
MM, University of North Texas
BA, Luther College
As a performer, tenor Braun Oldenkamp has made appearances with organizations that include Detroit Opera (formerly Michigan Opera Theatre), Fort Worth Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera MODO, Music by the Lake, Austin Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Flower Mound Symphony, and the Bassi Brugnatelli Chamber Orchestra. His roles have included Calaf in Turandot, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Alfredo in La traviata, Pluton in Orphée aux enfers, Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, Henrik in A Little Night Music, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. He made his Italian debut as the tenor soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and has made frequent appearances in Handel’s Messiah.
Dr. Oldenkamp was the recipient of the 2017 Marian D. Ratledge Voice Fellowship and was awarded First Prize in both the Art Song and Opera divisions of the 2016 Great Composers Competition. He is also featured in the 2019 world premiere release of Louis Hirsch’s Mary in the leading role of Jack.
Initially setting off on a career path as a cellist, Dr. Oldenkamp has performed with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in concert houses around the globe including the Wiener Konzerthaus and Minneapolis’s Orchestra Hall. His focus in chamber music led to recital collaboration with artists such as soprano Christine Brewer, cellists Eric Kutz and Anthony Arnone. He also toured the Midwest with the Con Fuoco string quartet, of which he was a founding member, and has made guest appearances with the Kingsley Chamber Players among others.
Dr. Oldenkamp has served on the voice faculty of the BU Tanglewood Institute and is an alumnus of the Apprentice Artist program with Des Moines Metro Opera.