Professor Karl Kramer

B.M.E. (magna cum laude) Temple University M.M. Yale D.M.A. Manhattan School of Music
Dean and Principal

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney


Curriculum vitae Curriculum vitae

Biographical details

Dr Karl Kramer came to the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music after holding the position as professor of music and director of the University of Illinois School of Music for ten years. Prior to that, he served as dean of the Purchase Conservatory of Music at the State University of New York and dean of music at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. Receiving the Doctor of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music, Dr Kramer also holds degrees from Yale University and Temple University.

A founding member of Brass Ring, Dr Kramer is an authority on the performance of modern brass chamber music and has written on the symphonic brass music of Richard Strauss. For thirty years he was principal tubist with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and also performed with Sinfonia da Camera, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Florida Philharmonic, and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. While at the University of Illinois, Dr Kramer was the founder and artistic director of the annual Allerton Music Barn Festival, a five-day event showcasing the Illinois music faculty in the chamber and jazz genres, along with guest artists of international renown.

As a member of Brass Ring, Dr Kramer toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe and performed on world premiere recordings for the Crystal label featuring works by Witold Lutoslawski, Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, Ned Rorem, Jacob Druckman, and David Del Tredici. The quintet recorded soundtracks for the Public Broadcasting Service series The American Experience and is broadcast regularly on National Public Radio. He has also premiered works by composers such as John Harbison, Christopher Rouse, Martin Bresnick, and Roger Kellaway and two compositions written specifically for him by Neely Bruce (“Songs of Zion Recycled”) and Eric Ewazen (“Sonata for Tuba and Piano”). The Kendor Music Company and Brass Ring Editions publish Dr Kramer’s arrangements for brass ensemble.

The Temple University Alumni Association has recognised his achievements with a certificate of honour, and he is a recipient of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s “Distinguished Service Award”. Dr Kramer was a national consultant in the evaluation and accreditation of music institutions of higher education in the United States.

Selected grants

1994

  • Recording Grant; Kramer K; National Endowment for the Arts/Recording Grant.
  • Commissioning Grant; Kramer K; Connecticut Commission on the Arts/Commissioning Grant.

1993

  • Commissioning Grant; Kramer K; Meet the Composer/ Reader's Digest Foundation/Commissioning Grant.

1991

  • Jazz Commissioning Grant; Kramer K; Meet the Composer/ Rockefellar Foundation/ AT&T/Jazz Commissioning Grant.
  • Commissioning Grant; Kramer K; Connecticut Commission on the Arts/Commissioning Grant.

1990

  • Interdistrict Cooperative Grant; Kramer K; Connecticut Commission on the Arts/Interdistrict Cooperative Grant.
  • Commissioning Grant; Kramer K; Meet the Composer/ Reader's Digest Foundation/Commissioning Grant.

1988

  • Performance Grant; Kramer K; National Endowment for the Arts/Performance Grant.

1987

  • Commissioning Grant; Kramer K; Chamber Music America/Commissioning Grant.

1985

  • Performance Project Grant; Kramer K; Connecticut Commission on the Arts/Performance Project Grant.
  • Emerging Arts Challenge Grant; Kramer K; New Haven Foundation, CT/Emerging Arts Challenge Grant.

1984

  • Chamber Music Residency Grant; Kramer K; C. Michael Paul Foundation/Chamber Music Residency Grant.

Selected publications & creative works

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Journals

  • Kramer, K. (1986). The Symphonic Brass Music of Richard Strauss. Journal of the International Richard Strauss Gesellschaft, 16(1986).

Recorded / Rendered Performance

  • Newbold, C., Lichtmann, J., Kramer, K., Bendixen, K. (1996). Hans Werner Henz: Fragments from a Show, CD, Camas, WA, United States of America: Crystal Records Dist..
  • Newbold, C., Kayser, D., Kramer, K., Klock, L., Mueller, N. (1996). New American Classics Written For Brass Ring. On New American Classics, CD, Camas, Washington, United States of America: Crystal Records.
  • D'Addio, D., Newbold, C., Bendixen, K., Kayser, D., Kramer, K. (1993). Brass Ring, CD, Camas, WA, United States of America: Crystal Records Dist..
  • D'Addio, D., Newbold, C., Bendixen, K., Kayser, D., Kramer, K. (1988). The American Experience (Soundtracks). On The American Experience, Television, Alexandria, VA, United States of America: Public Broadcasting Service.
  • Newbold, C., Bendixen, K., Kayser, D., Kramer, K. (1985). Connecticut Concert Hall, CD, New Haven, United States of America: WPKT, Connecticut Public Radio.

Other

  • Kramer, K. (1995), The Bach Collection.
  • Kramer, K. (1992), Feierlicher Einzug.
  • Kramer, K. (1991), Suite from "Three Penny Opera".
  • Kramer, K. (1990), To Entertain the King.
  • Kramer, K. (1990), Two Capriccios.
  • Kramer, K. (1990), Two Fancies: Vixi and Vini.
  • Kramer, K. (1989), Meet the Brass.
  • Kramer, K. (1988), Dances from Terpsichore.
  • Kramer, K. (1987), Four Ballett.
  • Kramer, K. (1987), Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben.
  • Kramer, K. (1987), Quand'io ero Giovinetto.
  • Kramer, K. (1987), S'al Discoprir.
  • Kramer, K. (1986), Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens.
  • Kramer, K. (1986), Fugue KV 626.
  • Kramer, K. (1986), Sacro Tempio d'Honor.

1996

  • Newbold, C., Lichtmann, J., Kramer, K., Bendixen, K. (1996). Hans Werner Henz: Fragments from a Show, CD, Camas, WA, United States of America: Crystal Records Dist..
  • Newbold, C., Kayser, D., Kramer, K., Klock, L., Mueller, N. (1996). New American Classics Written For Brass Ring. On New American Classics, CD, Camas, Washington, United States of America: Crystal Records.

1995

  • Kramer, K. (1995), The Bach Collection.

1993

  • D'Addio, D., Newbold, C., Bendixen, K., Kayser, D., Kramer, K. (1993). Brass Ring, CD, Camas, WA, United States of America: Crystal Records Dist..

1992

  • Kramer, K. (1992), Feierlicher Einzug.

1991

  • Kramer, K. (1991), Suite from "Three Penny Opera".

1990

  • Kramer, K. (1990), To Entertain the King.
  • Kramer, K. (1990), Two Capriccios.
  • Kramer, K. (1990), Two Fancies: Vixi and Vini.

1989

  • Kramer, K. (1989), Meet the Brass.

1988

  • Kramer, K. (1988), Dances from Terpsichore.
  • D'Addio, D., Newbold, C., Bendixen, K., Kayser, D., Kramer, K. (1988). The American Experience (Soundtracks). On The American Experience, Television, Alexandria, VA, United States of America: Public Broadcasting Service.

1987

  • Kramer, K. (1987), Four Ballett.
  • Kramer, K. (1987), Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben.
  • Kramer, K. (1987), Quand'io ero Giovinetto.
  • Kramer, K. (1987), S'al Discoprir.

1986

  • Kramer, K. (1986), Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens.
  • Kramer, K. (1986), Fugue KV 626.
  • Kramer, K. (1986), Sacro Tempio d'Honor.
  • Kramer, K. (1986). The Symphonic Brass Music of Richard Strauss. Journal of the International Richard Strauss Gesellschaft, 16(1986).

1985

  • Newbold, C., Bendixen, K., Kayser, D., Kramer, K. (1985). Connecticut Concert Hall, CD, New Haven, United States of America: WPKT, Connecticut Public Radio.

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