Craig Thomas Naylor
Craig Thomas Naylor (b. 1954) is an active composer with numerous commissions whose compositions 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, 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 received two Continental Harmony commission/residencies from the American Composers Forum.
He 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. He recently 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.
He now lives near Kalispell, Montana where he composes, helps out with the music and theater program at Flathead Valley Community College, tends an orchard of heirloom apple varieties, gardens, hikes, skis and generally enjoys the Big Sky
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.
Hi-Resolution photos available on request.
Lullaby for a Sweet Soul (Band, grade 4), Kiai! (Wind Ensemble, grade 6), Unknown Heroes of the Civil War (Part I, Enduring Honor, for Elizabeth Van Lew; Part II, We Are All Americans, for Ely S. Parker) (band, grade 4), Chickadee Symphony (Symphony No. 4, wind ensemble, grade 5), Chickadee Dee Dance (orchestra, grade 5).
My music combines nature, the environment, indigenous musics, history, and martial arts.