Music - Clarinet
Dr. Mark J. Cramer has been a lecturer in clarinet at The University of North Carolina School of Music in Greensboro, North Carolina since 2015 while simultaneously performing as third clarinet and bass clarinetist with the Greensboro Symphony. As a clarinetist, he has frequently performed with orchestras located throughout North Carolina, Michigan, and Ohio.
Some highlights of his performances include; touring with four-time, Grammy Award winning 'eighth blackbird' performing the premiere of Steve Reich's Pulitzer Prize winning 'Double Sextet' which was featured on NPR’s Performance Today and was the Grand Prize Winner of the UNCG Student Artist Competition, performing Weber’s Concertino and Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra.
As an educator, Mark employs a combination of standard, historical, and modern views of pedagogical approach in order for students to gain the most tailored and encouraging environment for growth while maintaining a high standard of performance within the clarinet studio.
In addition to teaching and performing, Mark has a passion for acoustics, fitness, and music therapy. His dissertation research was focused on defining the acoustical differences between Cocobolo, Grenadilla, Mopane, and Purpleheart hardwoods, as well as an acetal homopolymer known as Delrin, using his own line of custom clarinet barrels. Mark also has an interest in fitness and the benefits of exercise and performance. He encourages his students to be physically active, as exercise has numerous benefits in the management of the physiological and psychological changes people experience when performing under pressure. Mark is also passionate about the healing power of music, and is involved with the Arts and Health program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he does outreach concerts and classes.
A Michigan native, Mark, holds degrees from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, The University of Michigan, and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His principal teachers include Suzy Bratton, Richard Hawkins, Daniel Gilbert, Anthony Taylor, and Kelly Burke.