Craig Thomas Naylor
The music creations of Craig Thomas Naylor (b. 1954) have been played worldwide by ensembles ranging from elementary school band to the orchestral soundtrack for the IMAX film "To The Limit." His commissions include the Los Angeles Concert Orchestra, the Glacier Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Moravian Trombone Choir, the Music Association of California Community Colleges, The "President's Own" Marine Band Tuba-Euphonium Quartet, the Gee-Mackey Duo, the Wind Ensembles of the Universities of Arizona State, Azusa Pacific, British Columbia, Colorado State, Cornell, Georgia, Hartford, Humboldt State, Idaho, Montana, Oklahoma, Richmond, San José State, UCLA, Yale, Allegheny College, Gettysburg College, Irvine Valley College, and numerous high, middle and elementary school choirs, bands, and orchestras. His fanfare, On The Head of a Pin, opened the Dallas Wind Symphony's Feb. 2006 concert. He has received two Continental Harmony commission/residencies from the American Composers Forum. Unknown Heroes of the Civil War, Craig’s trilogy for wind ensemble, was released in 2013 by the Gettysburg Wind Symphony on the CD Gettysburg at 150. These three works are dedicated to U. S. spy Elizabeth Van Lew, former slave John Washington, and Seneca Chief Ely S. Parker who was U. S. Grant’s adjutant.
Craig is a frequent guest conductor and clinician and received notable acclaim for his direction of Native Voices, two concerts performed at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and the National Museum of the American Indian featuring the compositions of American Indian composers.
Craig earned his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Composition from the University of Southern California. Craig has taught in four states, all ages Kindergarten through university graduate, and holds teaching certificates in California and Montana, where he was awarded an Individual Fellowship, the state Arts Council’s recognition of high achievement. His students have risen to notable acclaim in concert music, film, arts administration, and education. In 2009 he retired as Associate Professor of Music at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he taught music theory, composition, orchestration, coordinated the Electronic Music Studio, and conducted instrumental ensembles. In 2006, he was recognized with the UMW Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award.
Craig now lives near Kalispell, Montana where he composes, helps out with the music programs in local schools and is the Music Director for Big Sky Alive!, a summer festival featuring the concert music of Montana composers. In his spare time he tends an orchard of heirloom apple varieties, gardens, hikes, skis and generally enjoys the Big Sky country.
Craig's music is featured by Swan River Press, Inc. He is also a Sandan (third-level black belt) in the non-violent martial art Aikido.
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