Craig Cramer is Professor of Organ and Artist in Residence at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He also serves as organist at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Elkhart, Indiana. He holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School of Music where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance. The Eastman School also awarded him the prestigious Performer's Certificate in Organ. He has studied with Russell Saunders, William Hays, James Drake, David Boe, and André Marchal (Paris). Cramer has been named the winner of several important competitions.
Dr. Cramer was instrumental in the installation of a new organ hall and organ built by Paul Fritts on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, which he dedicated in January of 2005 by performing a series of ten different recital programs. This organ was the focal point of an AGO National Pedagogy Conference on the subject of Buxtehude given in September 2005. In honor of the 300th anniversary of the death of Dieterich Buxtehude in 2007, Dr. Cramer presented Buxtehude’s complete organ works in a series of nine concerts on this organ. During the 2011-12 season, he again performed the complete organ works of Buxtehude in a series of 6 concerts on the organ by Paul Fritts in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Columbus, OH. Cramer performed the complete organ works of Bach during a series of eighteen concerts using a distinguished set of mechanical-action organs in the state of Indiana. He was a featured performer at the 2008 EROI Festival in Rochester, New York.
Cramer has performed for conventions of the American Guild of Organists and ALCM, as well as for many AGO Chapters across the country. He has also appeared as a soloist with a number of different orchestras. He will be one of the featured performers at the AGO National Convention in Boston in 2014. Dr. Cramer's performances are frequently heard on American Public Media’s program, "Pipedreams" (www.pipedreams.com). He has fifteen CD recordings to his credit including releases on the Arkay, Dominant, Dulcian, Motette-Ursina, Organeum and JAV labels. He has recorded three CDs for Naxos, including a recording of works of Buxtehude on the Fritts organ at Pacific Lutheran University. JAV Recordings has recently released Cramer's premiere recording of the Notre Dame Fritts organ as well as his recording on the new Fritts organ at St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio. JAV will release two more Buxtehude recordings performed on the new Taylor and Boody organ at Goshen College (Indiana) shortly. The University of Notre Dame recently recognized Cramer with a Kaneb distinguished faculty award.
Craig Cramer is represented by Penny Lorenz Artist Management.
"…at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, Cramer played a number of Concours pieces, chorale preludes and the Passacaglia of Bach, and Reger's massive Sonata II. Having heard this organ played in recital regularly, I wish to state that Dr. Cramer's performance of Bach was one of the most vital and uplifting heard in a long time. The Reger Sonata and the French pieces were bold and exciting." -The Diapason
"Superior and tasteful Bach interpretation…technically flawless." -Mainz, Germany
"…Bach's Prelude and Fugue shimmered in festive G major, and we experienced an impressive and striking performance of the dance-like, animated rhythms." -Rothenburg, Germany
"...in Craig Cramer's performance of the (Bach) Trio Sonata No. 1 in E-flat Major at Palmer, they encountered organ playing at its finest. The organ sounds he chose were light and buoyant. He made the technically difficult music seem disarmingly easy. By the audience's applause, his dancing rhythms and sparkling playing refreshed and elevated the spirits of everyone." -Houston Chronicle
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