"Cramer's performances are technically confident, polished, and nicely paced, and his carefully chosen registrations allow for an easily discernible clarity of line." Fanfare magazine review of Craig Cramer's recording of Johann Gottfried Walther's Organ Works (Vol. 2) for Naxos.
The American Craig Cramer is currently Professor of Organ at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He joined the faculty of the University in 1981. 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.
The organist has studied with Russell Saunders, William Hays, James Drake, David Boe, and André Marchal in Paris. Dr Cramer has won several organ competitions, including the Alexander McCurdy Competition in Organ Performance at Westminster Choir College and the National Organ Competition at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne.
Craig Cramer has performed throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany. He has also performed at regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists as well as for many AGO Chapters across the country.
Dr Cramer has appeared as a soloist with the Toledo Symphony, the South Bend Symphony, the Notre Dame Chamber Orchestra and the Eastman Philharmonia. Craig Cramer recently performed the complete organ works of Bach in eighteen concerts using a distinguished set of mechanical-action organs in the state of Indiana. He is married to organist Gail Walton, with whom he frequently plays duo recitals.
In 1998 Dr Cramer was Guest Artistic Director of the Redlands Organ Festival in Redlands, California. In April 1999, to great critical acclaim, he presented an all-Bach recital, on the new organ by Paul Fritts, at the symposium entitled The Organ in the New Millennium given by The Westfield Center at Pacific Lutheran University. To celebrate Bach year 2000, Dr Cramer performed a series of all-Bach recitals in 38 cities across the United States and Europe.
For Naxos, Craig Cramer has recorded two volumes of the distant relative and contemporary of J.S. Bach, Johann Gottfried Walther's organ works in the ongoing Organ Encyclopedia series. The International Record Review commented that: "his nimble ornamentation, crisp articulation and imaginative registration are a pleasure to listen to."