Updated: Sep 7, 2022
Please welcome GFBLA’s new Assistant Artistic Director, Joseph Vranas (he/him/his) (@jovran)!!!!
Joseph Vranas is an award-winning composer of concert, film, ballet, and music for theatre, with works premiered across the United States and internationally. Along with his work in screenwriting, Vranas’ music has been recognized by the 48 Hour Film Competition, has premiered in several short films at the Cannes Film Festival, and has been awarded the KCACTF Meritorious Achievement for Original Music. When he is not writing, Vranas is also an accomplished conductor, trumpet player, and teacher who works with youth orchestras, bands, and after-school programs such as EduCare to further or introduce music education for all students. He has been acknowledged by the Texas Music Educators Association and the City of Bell, California for excellence in teaching.
Currently, Vranas conducts the youth and string orchestra with the Saturday Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles and has previously directed various chamber and new music ensembles including the Old Main Brass Choir, the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (ECCE), and the Pacific Artists Collective (PAC).
As an educator, Vranas currently works as an assistant director with the Bell High School band in Bell, CA and teaches private instruction and lectures in Composition, Music Theory, Film Music, and Trumpet in the Los Angeles area.
When asked why he wanted to serve the band in this capacity, Joseph said, "I am excited to be a part of the creative future of an organization that focuses on inclusion and diversity and will continue to use those principles to showcase the versatility and power of music to our members as well as our supporters and listeners."
We’re thrilled to have Joseph on board with us and can’t wait to see (and hear) his creative contributions come to life!