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Craig Bohmler

Phoenix, AZ      


Composer in Residence for Arizona Opera.

e-mail: Cbohmler@AOL.com, website: Craigbohmler.com


Craig Bohmler is a composer/pianist/ conductor whose works have been widely performed in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Primarily a composer for the “singing theatre,” Mr. Bohmler has 3 operas and 10 musicals to his credit as well as numerous concerti, wind ensemble, choral and symphonic works.

His works have been performed by the Silicon Valley Symphony, the California Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Billings Symphony, the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra, and the International Symphony, as well as by European orchestras including, the Milan Symphony, Orchestra Haydn, the Belgian Radio Symphony, and the Danish Radio Symphony. In addition, his work has been performed at major music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, SUMUTE in Finland and Opera in the Alps in Australia. Past projects include a long time relationship with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra for whom he has written a HARP CONCERTO, PENTIMENTO and CHIAROSCURO (concerti for harpsichord and strings) and SAINTS AND SINNERS for orchestra, mezzo and baritone (written for Robert Orth). In May 1998, he recorded the world premiere of Michael Ching’s piano concerto written for him for this orchestra’s first commercial CD. Other recent projects include a new musical to open the San Jose Repertory Theatre’s 25th anniversary season (THE HAUNTING OF WINCHESTER), THE QUILTMAKER’S GIFT commissioned by the Phoenix Theatre (now having its 9th production there) and a musical based on the Lewis and Clark story (SACAGAWEA) with a large support grant from the NEA. Presently a national tour of his show THE 3 REDNECK TENORS in its 7th year.

Earlier works include his musicals ENTER THE GUARDSMAN and GUNMETAL BLUES both of which had Off-Broadway productions. “GUARDSMAN” also took the grand prize in the International Musical of the Year competition in Denmark and opened in London’s West End in 1998 produced by Sam Mendez. It was nominated for “best musical” at the Olivier Awards. After opening in the US, it was named the most produced new musical in the regional theatres in the 2001-2002 season by American Theatre Magazine. GUNMETAL BLUES premiered at the Phoenix Theatre after being presented at the O’Neill Center and has had over 150 productions in the US, Canada and Japan as well as having a commercial CD produced by the Laguna Playhouse. He has written incidental music for four Shakespeare productions at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada and a pantomime, GRETEL AND HANSEL, for Shakespeare Santa Cruz. THE ACHILLES HEEL was commissioned and premiered by Houston Grand Opera Studio and was the first prize winner in the National Opera Association Competition in 1991. His most recent opera, THE TALE OF THE NUTCRACKER was commissioned and performed at Opera San Jose in 2000. His large musical MOUNTAIN DAYS premiered at the Concord Pavilion with the California Symphony. An 1100 seat amphitheatre was subsequently built so it could become an annual summer event. It has had 6 productions in its new home and a cast album was recorded. Presently he is composer in residence with Arizona Opera where he is writing the first American Western Opera based on Zane Grey’s RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE.

Other prizes include ASCAP, Dramatist Guild, and BMI awards as well as 3 NEA grants, and 3 Meet-the Composer grants. His works are published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing and Santa Barbara Music Publishing, as well as recorded by Centaur, Original Cast, and BMS records.