Craig Fitzpatrick

Alfred Author-Craig Fitzpatrick

Craig Fitzpatrick holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where he studied composition with Stephen Heinemann. He obtained his Masters in Music Composition in 2003 from the University of Illinois in Champaign. As a graduate student, he studied composition under Stephen Taylor and Rick Taube and also served as a teaching assistant, instructing undergraduate theory and ear training courses. Since then, Craig has had the opportunity to work closely with such noted composers as Jack Stamp, David Maslanka, and David Holsinger.

In 2001, Craig won the Creative Division of the Bradley University Research and Creative Achievement Exhibition with Subliminal Designs, a composition that was designed using music notation through alternative visual representations. Craig was also a finalist in the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards in 2001 and 2003. In 2005, he was chosen to participate in the National Band Association's Young Composer Mentor Project, sponsored by Bands of America.

Craig has been commissioned to write concert band literature for several junior high and high schools in the Midwest. His compositions for orchestra, choir, small ensemble and solo performance have been performed at Bradley University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Michigan.

Craig marched with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps baritone line in 1998, and in recent years has been involved with the Cavaliers' brass staff. Since 2001, he has taught competitive marching brass at Morton High School, and has arranged music for competitive high school marching bands in central Illinois. Additionally, he has several years of experience designing marching band drill formations. Currently, he maintains an extensive private brass studio, teaching trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, and tuba lessons to students of all ages.

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