Craig Cramer


Professor of Music

D.M.A. Eastman School of Music, 1983

Office: 106 DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Telephone: (574) 631-7836


Craig Cramer 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). Mr. Cramer has been named the winner of several competitions, including the Alexander McCurdy Competition in Organ Performance at Westminster Choir College and the National Organ Competition in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Mr. Cramer has performed throughout the United States and in Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Scotland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland. He has appeared as a soloist with the Toledo Symphony, the South Bend Chamber Orchestra, the South Bend Symphony, the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra, and the Eastman Philharmonia. He recently performed the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach in eighteen concerts using a distinguished set of mechanical-action organs in the state of Indiana. In May and June of 1999, his seventh annual European tour took him to Germany and Belgium.


Cramer is a frequent guest on the nationally-syndicated program "Pipedreams" (American Public Radio). In September 2000, his work and interviews with host Michael Barone comprised the entire program of "Pipedreams."



• Universities of Andrews, Arizona State, Bucknell, Buffalo, Chicago, Colgate, Concordia (Wisconsin), Duke, Evansville, Harvard, Iowa State, Kansas, Mainz, St. Thomas, Stanford, Stetson, Utah State, Pittsburg State, Concordia (Illinois), Valparaiso, Pacific Lutheran, Redlands, Iowa and Yale

• Colleges of Bates, Dixie, Eckerd, Hobart and William Smith, Holy Cross. Knox (University of Toronto), Lenoir-Rhyne, Linfield, Pacific Union, Ripon, St. Olaf, Stonehill, West Virginia Wesleyan, Westminster Choir College, Goshen, Wheaton, Vassar, Wabash

• Festivals: The Redlands Organ Festival, Redlands, California (Guest Artistic Director, 1998); the Spokane Bach Festival; International Organ Festival in Kamien Pomorski, Poland; International Organ Festival, Litomerice, The Czech Republic, Pine Mountain (Michigan), Bastongne (Belgium), Alden Biesen (Belgium), International Organ Festival (Laufen, Switzerland-Inaugural year)

• Featured Recitalist for the International Symposium for the Opening of the Fritts Organ at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, April 11, 1999. Co-sponsored by The Westfield Center for Early Keyboard Studies

• Cathedrals in Albuquerque, Arlington, Altenberg, Atlanta, Bamberg, Chicago, Covington, Dresden, Ely, Erie, Fulda, Indianapolis, Jackson, Kamien Pomorski, Lafayette, Limburg, Litomerice, Little Rock, Luxembourg, Mainz, Milwaukee, Münster, Newcastle, New Orleans, Paderborn, Pittsburgh, Southwell, Toledo, Columbus (Ohio), New Ulm, Baltimore, Omaha, Newark, Cleveland, Peoria, Marquette (Michigan) and Trier

• Recitals and masterclasses for Chapters of The American Guild of Organists: Albuquerque, Baton Rouge, Bismark, Casper (Wyoming), Charleston (West Virginia), Columbia Basin (Washington), Dayton, Detroit, Durham/Chapel Hill, Fox Valley, Gainsville (Florida), Grand Rapids, Harrisburg, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Louisville, Mansfield (Ohio), Nassau County (New York), Oklahoma City, Orange County, Peoria, Phoenix, Portland (Oregon), Provo, Rockford, Salem (Oregon), Santa Barbara, Seattle, Sioux Falls, Sioux Trails (Minnesota), Tulsa, Twin Cities (Minnesota), Western North Carolina, Holland (Michigan), Ft. Wayne, Topeka, Houston, Billings, Durham/Chapel Hill, Lincoln (Nebraska), Houston, Pittsburgh, and Yellowstone.


• The Pièces de Concours from the Paris Conservatoire, 1961-1968. Recorded at the Cathedral of St. Pierre, Angoulême, France. Arkay AR 6146, 1995.

• Die historische König-Orgel (1727) der Basilika Steinfeld, Germany. Craig Cramer Spielt J. S. Bach. Motette (Germany) CD 12281, 1996.

• Craig Cramer on the Pasi Organ at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynnwood, Washington. Sonic Windows CD 005, 1997.

• Craig Cramer Plays Two Gober Organs in Canada. Dominant Music, 1998.

• Organ Works of Johann Gottfried Walther, Volume I. Recorded on the 1767 Volckland Organ in Tröchtelborn/Thuringia, Germany. Naxos Recordings.

• Organ Works of Johann Gottfried Walther, Volume II. Recorded on the 1770 Hofmann Organ in Mechterstädt/Thuringia, Germany. Naxos Recordings.

• Musica Organi Elegans. Craig Cramer and Christoph Keggenhoff. 1818 Geib Organ, Katholischen Kirche St. Cyriakus Ludwigshafen-Ruchheim, Germany. Organum Classics OGM 220071.

• Organ Works of Dieterich Buxtehude. Recorded on the Fritts Organ at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington. Naxos Recordings, forthcoming.