Laura M. Kramer (b. 1984, Minersville, Penn.) is an American composer, saxophonist and educator.
Kramer completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition at the University of Southern California (2015), with concentrations in theory, saxophone and electroacoustic media, where she has served as a teaching assistant in music theory and composition, and is also a recipient of the Carolyn Alchin Endowed Music Scholarship and Dean’s Scholarship. She holds a Master of Music degree in composition from Indiana University (2008), where she served as grad assistant of the New Music Ensemble, and a Bachelor of Music degree in saxophone performance and music theory & composition from West Chester University of Pennsylvania (2006).
Her saxophone teachers have included Anthony Kurdilla, Gregory Riley, and James Rotter; and composition teachers have included Claude Baker, Donald Crockett, Don Freund, Michael Gandolfi, Jeffrey Hass, Robert Maggio, Larry Nelson, Mark Rimple, Brian Shepard, and Frank Ticheli.
Kramer is a saxophone lecturer at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, a music coach at Diamond Bar High School, and has a private studio of local students. She has mentored for the USC Thornton Outreach Program, was an instructor for the West Chester University Community Music School, and has taught at Idyllwild Summer Music Camp. She has also guest presented at Mansfield University, West Chester University, and Western Illinois University.
Kramer is tenor saxophonist with the Los Angeles-based Noir Quartet, has performed her original saxophone works at various national concerts, including the CSU Fullerton New Music Festival, NASA Conferences, What’s Next? Ensemble Concerts, Midwest Composers Symposium, and performed on Presidio Brass’s Rhapsody in Brass album. In addition, she has commissioned new saxophone works by Jordan Nelson, David Werfelmann and Natalie Williams.
As a composer, her music captures an eclectic range of elements, from rock to jazz, art, and nature. Commissions include those for Duo Montagnard, David Holben (tubist), the Holben Publishing Consortium, Liana Gourdjia (violinist) and Guido Sanchez (guitarist), Quintessential Winds, and Zzyzx Saxophone Quartet. Her work Sleuth was highlighted in ITEA journal’s “Gem Series,” and the Miracle of the Walking Fish, written in collaboration with writer Jackson Bliss, was awarded a BMI Student Composer Award. Her works have been performed at the ICMC 60x60 Concerts, Midwest Graduate Music Consortium, World Saxophone Congress, as well as by the USC Thornton Edge Ensemble. Kramer has also collaborated with various media, including modern dance and theater.
Works for Winds
- Mercury's March (Flex instrumentation) (2019)
All Wind Works