Spotlight on Craig Cramer
Craig Cramer, Professor of Music, Head, Graduate Organ Studio. Professor Cramer gives lessons to all MSM and DMA organ students. He is a much traveled and highly sought-after performer, as can been seen from his numerous professional engagements in the USA and in Europe in 2017-2018. His masterful playing of historic organs and reproductions of baroque organs is evident in this ambitious list of recitals on instruments that showcase his interpretive gifts.
Among his many recitals in 2017 were those given at: Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois; Grace Episcopal Church, Holland, Michigan (recital and lecture), where he was one of four organists to perform on the dedicatory recital of the Pasi Organ; Fordham University, Bronx, New York; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; he was the featured recitalist at the Regional Convention, American Guild of Organists, Youngstown, Ohio; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; the Von Beckerath Organ, Plum Street Synagogue, Cincinnati, Ohio; the Koehnken Organ, 1866 Masterclass, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory; he gave the dedicatory recital in January, 2017 in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame on the Murdy Family Organ (Paul Fritts); Church of the Covenant, Cleveland; Christ Church, Bradenton, Florida; St. Paul Lutheran Church, Columbus, Indiana;
In summer 2017, he gave recitals at the Basilika, Kloster Steinfeld, Steinfeld/Eifel, Germany, on the König Organ, 1727; Evangelische Kirche, Nassau, Germany on the Silbermann Organ, 1748.
In Fall, 2017, he was one of the organizers of Reformations and the Organ, a major conference held at the University of Notre Dame, which featured our fine instruments, our graduate students and alumni, and leading professionals in the field.
In spring, 2018, Professor Cramer served as a judge for the San Antonio Organ Competition held at First Presbyterian Church, San Antonio; he gave recitals at Christ Church, Bradenton, Florida; and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Columbus, Indiana.
Summer, 2018 was especially productive, with a 6-week whirl-wind European tour including: concerts at the Dom, Speyer, Germany; the Katholische Kirche, Bobental, Germany (Upphaus organ, 1810); the Basilika, Steinfeld/Eifel, Germany, (König organ, 1727); St. Wilibald Kirche, Munich/Laim, Germany; the Abbey Church, Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany (Fux organ, 1730); the Parish Church, Leufsta Bruk, Sweden (Cahman organ, 1728); the Basilica, Tongeren, Belgium; Evangelische Kirche, Lüdingworth, Germany (Wilde/Schnitger organ, 1690); he also taught for one week in the Leufsta Bruk Organ Academy.
An interview with Professor Cramer can be found on the SMND webpage.