Assistant Professor - Piano
Room 323, Swope Music Building
D.M.A., Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University
M.M., Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University
B.M., Oberlin College
Vincent Craig played in public for the first time at the Columbia Artists Management Hall in New York City when he was only eight. By age ten he had performed a program for television station WNEW in New York, and a few years later he appeared on the USA Television Network. While studying at the La Guardia High School of Music and the Arts in New York he was accepted into the piano class of Jascha Zayde. He won the Scott Joplin Award from the Brooklyn Opera Society and a scholarship from the Brooklyn Chapter of the Links. In 1992 he was praised in the New York Amsterdam News for his "style, great technical assurance and panache" after his performance of the George Walker Piano Sonata No. 1.
Vincent Craig performed at the 1988 Music Teachers National Association Convention, he won first prize in the 1989 Society of American Musicians Young Artist Competition, and he was a finalist in the 1990 Kosciusko Foundation Chopin Competition. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival and he has studied with and accompanied master classes by many internationally famous artists. His repertoire represents over 300 years of piano literature, with a special emphasis on works by African-American composers. Dr. Craig earned his Bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in 1990 where he studied with Frances Walker. He then went on to earn his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he studied with concert pianist Ann Schein.
Some of Dr. Craig's recent performances include recitals in New York City at the Lincoln Center Library, Federal Hall, in Philadelphia at the Settlement Music School, in Washington D.C. at the State Department, The George Mason Library in Fairfax, Virginia, the Middle Keys Concert Series in Marathon, Fla., and Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
Vincent Craig is the Music Director of the Main Line Unitarian Church in Devon, Pa., and is on both the keyboard and vocal-choral faculties of the School of Music, West Chester University of Pa., where he was the 2000-2001 Frederick Douglass Artist in Residence, and currently serves as the Advancement Associate for the School of Music and the Coordinator of Performance Activities. His other duties include teaching courses in instrumental methods, and most recently he has served as music director for the Opera and University Theater programs. Since 1992 Dr. Craig has been the accompanist for the Maryland State Boychoir, and has also been a Visiting Artist of the Baltimore Symphony Arts Excel Program, and is a former faculty member of the Lancaster Conservatory, Lancaster, Pa.