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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

July 2, 2010

Dr. Ernest Kramer's score to premiere at national music conference

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Dr. Ernest Kramer's score, "Our Lives Are Only Dreams," has been accepted for presentation during the 53rd National Conference of the College Music Society in Minneapolis, Minn., Sept. 23-26.

The world premiere of Kramer's work will be included on a program of new choral works by CMS composers in St. Olaf Catholic Church. The University of Central Oklahoma Concert Chorale will perform Kramer's composition.

"It was a peer-reviewed selection process, so I was very delighted when it was accepted," said Kramer, who is professor of music at Northwest. "It's a wonderful honor."

The a capella piece is written for soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Kramer said he composed the piece in a month, writing it in a post-romantic style that is easily accessible to amateur groups.

"It's a piece that isn't shocking; it sounds rather romantic and pretty," he said, adding the song is about five minutes in length.

Kramer based the piece on a German poem of the same name, one he's known and admired for 30 years. He dedicated his finished composition to the Northwest German Club.

Additionally, Kramer will be accompanying Dr. Pamela Shannon, associate professor of music, at the national conference on a lecture-recital performance of "Ariettes oubliees" (Forgotten songs) by Claude Debussy as part of a session titled "Rhetoric & Poetry in France and Beyond."

Dr. Ernest Kramer has taught at Northwest for 25 years, teaching advanced music theory, advanced ear training, piano, harpsichord and music literature courses. Last year, he composed the "Inaugural Festive Fanfare," performed and commissioned by the Wind Symphony in honor of Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski's inauguration.

Kramer's wife, Ella, is a native of Russia and they have three children, all of Maryville.

For more information about the 53rd National Conference of The College Music Society, click here.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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