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John Kramar
John Kramar

(Chair, Vocal Studies, voice-baritone, opera)
kramarj@ecu.edu

John Kramar has displayed his sensitive artistry in a wide variety  of concert and operatic repertoire. This season includes performances of Bach’s Magnificat with the Choral Society of  Durham, Steven Dickau’s The Coolin at  the Chautauqua Institution with the New York State Summer School of the Arts  Choir, Carmina Burana and Mozart’s Requiem with the Middle Tennessee Choral  Society, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical  Songs with the East Carolina University Symphony Orchestra, and Messiah with the Carolina Philharmonic.  Last season included recital appearances at University of Iowa, Fredonia State  University, and David Lipscomb University, as well as performances of Haydn’s The Creation and Handel’s Messiah with the Middle Tennessee Choral  Society, and Dvorak’s Te Deum with  the East Carolina University Chorale and Symphony Orchestra. Last season  featured the release of his latest recording “The Collected Songs of Alva Henderson” – recorded on the Albany label,  as well as appearances as baritone soloist in Samuel Barber’s The Lovers with Concert Singers of Cary,  and as bass soloist in Sir Michael Tippett’s A Child of our Time with the Choral Society of Durham and the NC  Master Chorale. Recent seasons included performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Nashville Symphony and  the NC Master Chorale, Wolf’s Spanisches  Liederbuch with pianist John Wustman, and recitals with pianist Eric  Stellrecht. He sang the title role in the world premiere showcase of Alva  Henderson and Dana Gioia’s opera Nosferatu in Chattanooga, TN, as well as performances of Messiah, Carmina Burana, Haydn’s The Creation, Elijah, Beethoven’s Choral  Fantasy, and Brahms’ A German Requiem with the Middle Tennessee Choral Society. Past seasons featured the release of  his recordings of Gary Smart’s The  Major’s Letter, Brahms' Vier Ernste  Gesänge and Solo Vocal Quartets, Folk Song Settings of Beethoven, and Solo Vocal Quartets by Schubert with  pianist Raymond Beegle and the New York Vocal Arts Ensemble, with whom he  performed across America for eight seasons. Notable solo credits include Bach's B Minor Mass, and Brahms’ A German Requiem with the Bach Choir of  Pittsburgh, Messiah, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Gorecki’s Beatus Vir, and Orff’s Carmina  Burana with the East Carolina University Chorale and Symphony Orchestra,  and premieres of works by composer William Vollinger at New York City's Merkin  Concert Hall.  He has sung Mozart's Requiem and Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem with the North Carolina  Symphony, and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and The Creation, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solenelle, Dvorak’s Requiem, and Handel’s Jephtha with the Choral Society of Durham. He performed as soloist and section leader  for ten consecutive seasons with the Bermuda Choral Workshop. In 1997 he made  his debut with both the Washington Summer Opera Theatre and Opera Delaware as  Mozart’s Figaro, and his Nashville Opera debut in their production of Gianni Schicchi. Mr. Kramar has  performed with Texas Opera Theatre, Sarasota Opera, Santa Fe Opera, The Elysian  Opera Group, in Faust with the West  Virginia Symphony, and in a production of The  Medium directed by Gian Carlo Menotti at the Philadelphia Academy of  Music.  His New York debut was in a gala  concert honoring Ned Rorem at Alice Tully Hall.

A native of Maryland, Mr.  Kramar received his undergraduate degree in vocal performance, as well as  performers' certificates in both voice and opera from the Eastman School of  Music where he was a student of Jan DeGaetani. He completed his graduate  studies in opera at the Curtis Institute.   His various awards and scholarships have included the first Helen Jepson  Dellera Award from the Sarasota Opera, second prize in the prestigious Kneisel  Lieder Competition, and two Apprentice Achievement Awards from the Santa Fe  Opera. Mr. Kramar joined the voice faculty of East Carolina University School  of Music in 1998, where he is an associate professor of voice, and also serves  as chair of the Department of Vocal Studies, and director of the East Carolina  University Opera Theater. From 2005 until 2008 he served as interim Associate  Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at ECU.  He teaches voice and theater arts at the New  York State Summer School of the Arts and is a member of the voice faculty of  the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. Mr. Kramar was on the directing  staff of the Chautauqua Opera from 2003 to 2008.