Laura M. Kramer (b. 1984) is originally from Minersville, Pennsylvania. She resides in Southern California where she is active as a composer, saxophonist and educator.
Her music captures an eclectic range of elements, from rock to jazz, and from art and nature. Her works have been commissioned by Panic Duo, Duo Montagnard, tubist David Holben, the Holben Publishing Consortium, violinist Liana Gourdjia and guitarist Guido Sánchez, Quintessential Winds, and Zzyzx Saxophone Quartet. Kramer’s work, "Sleuth,” was highlighted in ITEA Journal’s Gem Series, and "The Miracle of the Walking Fish,” with texts by Jackson Bliss, was awarded a BMI Student Composer Award. Kramer’s works have been performed at the ICMC 60x60 Concerts, Midwest Graduate Music Consortium, SEAMUS National Conferences and World Saxophone Congress, as well as by the USC Thornton Edge Ensemble. She has also collaborated with various mediums, including modern dance and theater. Kramer recently composed music for the short film "Reveries,” directed by Jacob Ball.
As a performer, Kramer is a founding member of the Los Angeles-based Noir Quartet. She has performed her original saxophone works at various national concerts, including the CSU Fullerton New Music Festival, NASA (North American Saxophone Alliance) conferences, What’s Next? ensemble concerts and for the Midwest Composers Symposium. She performed on Presidio Brass’ “Rhapsody in Brass” album. In addition, she has commissioned new saxophone works by Jordan Nelson, David Werfelmann and Natalie Williams.
Kramer teaches saxophone and composition at Cal Poly. She also teaches at California State Summer School for the Arts and has a private studio of local students. She has served as a lecturer in music theory and composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, has taught at Idyllwild Summer Music Camp, and has been a guest presenter at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, West Chester University in Pennsylvania and Western Illinois University.
In 2015 she earned a DMA in composition at the University of Southern California, with concentrations in theory, saxophone and electroacoustic media. While there she served as a teaching assistant in music theory and composition, and was a recipient of the Carolyn Alchin Endowed Music Scholarship and Dean’s Scholarship. She holds a Master of Music in composition from Indiana University, where she served as graduate assistant of the New Music Ensemble, and a Bachelor of Music in saxophone performance and music theory/composition from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Kramer studied saxophone with Anthony Kurdilla, Gregory Riley and James Rötter; and composition with Claude Baker, Donald Crockett, Don Freund, Michael Gandolfi, Jeffrey Hass, Robert Maggio, Larry Nelson, Mark Rimple, Brian Shepard and Frank Ticheli.