Craig Alberty (b. 1952, Watertown, S.D.) is an American composer, saxophonist and educator.
Mr. Alberty holds music degrees from the University of South Dakota and Arkansas State University. Before initiating an electronic music program at the University of South Dakota in 1988, he taught instrumental music at public schools in Iowa and South Dakota. In 1996 he was offered the opportunity to start a new instrumental music program at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C. He spent 14 years there directing jazz and concert bands, teaching music theory, and serving as coordinator of the music industry program he helped establish. He moved back to South Dakota in 2010.
Trained as a trumpet player, Alberty took up saxophone at the millennium. The venture landed him in a rock band, the pit for numerous shows, a symphony orchestra, and a jazz quintet. For over 20 years he has operated an audio production studio specializing in the creation of accompaniment recordings for educational music publishers, most notably Ed Sueta Music and Macie Publishing.
Alberty has published over 40 works for concert band, jazz band, and brass ensemble. Jammin', his beginning jazz improvisation method published by C. L. Barnhouse, has been used nationwide for nearly 20 years. His compositions have found their way onto programs at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, The World Saxophone Congress in Montreal, and other state and regional meetings including the North American Saxophone Alliance. His band compositions are included on several contest performance lists in the U. S. and Australia.
Works for Winds
- Air from County Derry (2001)
- Albion Jubilee (2001)
- Capriccio Vivo (2015)
- Dancing in Rainbows (2016)
- Evermore and Evermore
- Jubilant Flourish (2006)
- Prairie Images (2001)
- Queen City Facets (2004)
- Royal Oak Impressions (2015)
- Variants on an Australian Song (1999)
- Craig Alberty website
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Craig Alberty." Accessed 2 January 2016.