Dr. Timothy Kramer, Chair
Professor of Music and Composer
Chair, Music Department

As a composer, Dr. Kramer's works have been performed throughout the world - from Carnegie Hall to small college campuses - by major orchestras and ensembles. He has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Meet the Composer, BMI, ASCAP, and the American Guild of Organists, among others. He was also a Fulbright Scholar to Germany. Originally from Washington State, he taught at Trinity University in San Antonio for 19 years, where he founded CASA – the Composers Alliance of San Antonio ( In 2010 he became Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Illinois College.


Why I love to teach music:

As a composer, I like to think about how music works, what makes music exciting, and what makes music relevant to our lives. In teaching theory and composition, I enjoy the exchange with students and I love the moment when students take off with their own ideas and start to explore the never ending landscape of sound.



Doctor of Musical Arts (Composition) – University of Michigan, 1991.
Fulbright Certificate - Hochschule für Musik, Detmold, Germany, 1989.
Master of Music (Composition) – University of Michigan, 1984.
Bachelor of Music (Theory & Comp.; Organ) – Pacific Lutheran University, 1981.
Recent Compositions:

Recent works include a piece for brass and percussion for the Detroit Chamber Winds, and a chamber piece for the Mise-en Ensemble in New York City.  He is currently completing a new work for the ONIX Ensemble of Mexico City for March of 2018.

Courses currently taught at IC:

Music Theory I, II, III, and IV
Other Interests:

Playing with the cats, investing, reading, travelling, gardening

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