Originally from Nyack, NY, Matthew Cramer is a graduate of the Hartt School of the University of Hartford where he received his B.Mus. in Composition in 2013, studying composition with Elizabeth Brown, Robert Carl, Tawnie Olson, Larry Allen Smith, and Ken Steen, and studying voice with tenor Wayne Rivera. He is currently pursuing a Graduate Professional Diploma in Composition at Hartt, working with Gilda Lyons and David Macbride. His works have been performed by the Hartt School Foot in the Door Ensemble, Hartt Chamber Choir & Camerata, Chorus Angelicus, the Connecticut Children’s Chorus, and the Greater New Haven Community Chorus.
In addition to composing, Matthew is an active bass-baritone in the Greater Hartford region, singing with the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of St. Joseph (Hartford), serving as section leader at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church (Hartford), cantoring at St. Thomas the Apostle (West Hartford), as well as singing with a variety of professional and semi-professional choral ensembles, including Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus and Voce. With Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus, he has had the opportunity to serve as soloist in performances of Fauré’s Requiem, as well as in the Connecticut premiere of Brian Coughlin’s Requiem – a collaboration with NY-based new music group, the Fireworks Ensemble. He is also featured on Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus’ latest recording, Chakana Angelicus. At Hartt, he is an active member of the Chamber Choir and Tour Choir, serving as section leader for both ensembles, assists with the Chorale, has performed as soloist with the resident baroque ensemble, Collegium Musicum, and has sung in a number of mainstage opera productions, including Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land, and Thomas Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casablanca. An early music enthusiast, Matthew is a founding member of Voce Concitato – a one-on-a-part early music vocal ensemble based in Hartford. He was also chosen to be a member of the Carnegie Hall Chamber Chorus as part of their Spem in alium Project – a weeklong workshop for professional choral singers to work and perform with the Tallis Scholars and their director, Peter Phillips.
An aspiring conductor, Matthew is the director of the Hartt Independent Chorus – a project-based, collaborative ensemble. He was the Ronald D. Konetchy Choral Conducting Assistant Scholarship recipient with the Greater New Haven Community Chorus for their 2012-2013 season and retains a close relationship with them. In the Fall of 2015, he will begin studies at the Yale School of Music & Institute of Sacred Music pursuing a M.Mus. in Choral Conducting. He currently resides with two other musician-friends in Hartford, CT.