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Conductor Jason Tramm's 'Music Matters' Gains Attention of NYC Radio Station - Debuts June 5th

Classical conductor, director, and educator Jason Tramm has gained the attention of the NYC Radio Station, WMCA (102.3 FM and 570 AM) in New York City. He has been given a weekly segment on Saturday mornings from 11:30am to noon time slot (EST) which broadcasts to the entire New York and Tri-state area audiences. They also broadcast worldwide via their website at . This is a win for the classical music community as Jason Tramm has been interviewing many artists and discussing how to keep music alive during these dark times of Covid-19, when much of the live music events has stopped. He has been keeping the music community encouraged and giving us new content every week through his podcast, 'Music Matters.' It has grown so rapidly that it was picked up by the WMCA radio station in New York City.


The 'Music Matters' Podcast celebrates its second year in production, with 150+ episodes to its credit. Music Matters first aired on June 4, 2020. The podcast was created by Jason Tramm (Host and Executive Producer) and Quinton Tramm (Producer/Technical Director) in response to the devastating global impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the musical performing arts community and its audiences. Music Matters has quickly become the fastest growing musical culture podcast on YouTube, recently surpassing over 30,000-episode views and is pleased to join the roster of WMCA New York (570 AM) programing June 5, 2021.

Music Matters features interviews with distinguished musicians, singers and members of the musical performing arts across multiple genres, from classic to contemporary, sacred to secular - and explores the most important issues effecting active engagement in the arts today. Music Matters brings diverse innovators, ideas, and audiences together to create a broader, collaborative musical community to inspire new solutions to unprecedented challenges.

WMCA/Music Matters weekly 30-minute radio format will present curated conversations with distinguished members of the national and international performing arts community discussing their personal accounts and perspectives concerning the most important issues effecting active engagement in the arts today. Music Matters brings diverse innovators, ideas, and audiences together to create a broader, collaborative musical community to inspire new solutions to the unprecedented challenges and constraints engendered by the devastating impact of the global COVID- 19 pandemic.


Music Matters premiere broadcast on WMCA New York will feature Metropolitan Opera soprano Jennifer Rowley, hailed by Opera News as a performer who “has the darkness and complexity of real Verdi instrument.” Praised by the New York Times as “A singer of enormous gift and promise,” and whose voice The Observer has said “her clear bright soprano blooms on top with a lovely shimmer.”

Music Matters Saturday broadcasts slated for June include featured guests: Everett McCorvey, Conductor (June 12) Luna Kaufman, Producer and Arts Advocate (June 19).



For further information about Music Matters/WMCA programming visit:

To learn more about future YouTube episodes, archived interviews, or to join the Music Matters mailing list, visit

You can also visit Music Matters YouTube Channel at Jason Tramm.



WMCA (570 AM) is a radio station licensed to New York City. Owned by Salem Media Group, the station programs a Christian radio format consisting of teaching and talk programs. The station's studios are in lower Manhattan and are shared with co-owned WNYM (970 AM). Historically WMCA is credited with creating the talk radio genre during the 1970s and 1980s and featuring a lineup of disc jockeys known as the "Good Guys." WMCA was the first New York radio station to broadcast a recording by The Beatles.


Maestro Jason Tramm serves as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor with the MidAtlantic Artistic Productions with whom he made his Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium) debut in 2015. The program, entitled "A Prayer for Peace," featured works of Bernstein, Vaughan Williams, and Saygun. The second concert of this critically acclaimed series took place on October 27, 2017 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and featured works of Vasks, Schoenberg and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Metropolitan Opera baritone, Mark Delavan. He has also served as Music Director for an opera tour with performances in Florida, New Hampshire, West Virginia, New York and South Carolina. He served as Artistic Director of the New Jersey State Opera from 2008 to 2012, where he collaborated with some of the finest voices in opera, including Samuel Ramey, Vladimir Galouzine, Angela Brown, Gregg Baker, and Paul Plishka. His 2009 HDTV broadcast with PBS affiliate NJN of "Verdi Requiem: Live from Ocean Grove," garnered an Emmy Award nomination.

The busy maestro is entering his 14th season as Director of Music, in Residence, of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association in the summer months, where he leads the choral, orchestral, and oratorio performances in the historic 6,500-seat Great Auditorium. In addition to the Ocean Grove Choir Festival, a beloved event in its 64th year and attended by thousands, he has appeared on two National Public Radio broadcasts with organ virtuoso Gordon Turk and symphonic orchestra. He also serves as Music Director of two acclaimed community choral societies, the Morris Choral Society (Morristown, NJ), with whom he begin his fifth season and he is in his second season with the Taghkanic Chorale (Yorktown Heights, NY). Maestro Tramm was also appointed as the Music Director/Conductor of the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Ensemble, where he collaborates with noted director/choreographer, Gabriel Chajnik.

An accomplished educator, he serves as Director of Choral Activities at Seton Hall University where he leads the University Chorus, Chamber Choir, Orchestra, and teaches voice and conducting. In 2017, Seton Hall University Awarded him the University Faculty Teacher of the Year. Educating and mentoring the next generation of musicians has always been a central part of Jason Tramm's career. He is also actively sought as a clinician and regularly presents lectures on a wide variety of musical topics.

Mr. Tramm holds degrees in music from the Crane School, the Hartt School, and a DMA in Conducting from Rutgers University, where he was the recipient of their prestigious Presidential Fellowship. In 2003, he joined the ranks of Metropolitan Opera Stars Renee Fleming and Stephanie Blythe when he was honored with the Rising Star Award from the SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association.

A frequent guest conductor, he has led operatic and symphonic performances in Italy, Romania, Albania, and in Hungary, where he recorded an album of rarely heard French operatic arias with the Szeged Symphony. He was Guest Conductor on the Narnia Festival (Narni, Italy) during the 2017 season. The spring 2020 on guest conducting season was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. In response to this Jason Tramm launched a podcast entitles, Music Matters 2020, where he has explored the effects on COVID-19 on the music industry, as seen through the eyes of distinguished colleagues. This pocast has become the fastest growing music podcast on YouTube!



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