Angela Kraft Cross: April 10, 2015
Angela Kraft Cross, San Francisco Bay Area organist, pianist and composer, graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in 1980 with bachelor's degrees in Physics and Organ Performance. She then earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at Loma Linda University, where she subsequently completed her residency in ophthalmology. In 1993, she completed her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the College of Notre Dame with Thomas LaRatta, with whom she continues to study. Her organ teachers have included Louis Robilliard, Marie-Louise Langlais, Sandra Soderlund, S. Leslie Grow, William Porter and Garth Peacock. She has studied composition with Pamela Decker in recent years.
Dr. Kraft Cross has performed extensively on both organ and piano, having given over four hundred concerts across the United States, in Canada, England,
Holland, France, Hungary, Lesotho and Guam, including such venues as Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Sulpice and The Madeleine in Paris; Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.; St. Patrick's Cathedral and St. Thomas Church in New York City; Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Trinity Church and Harvard University in the Boston area; Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral and Southwark Cathedral in London. In July 2011, she was a featured recitalist at the San Francisco AGO Region IX Convention.
She has released seven CDs. Three of her organ albums have received critical acclaim in The American Organist magazine. Most recently she has released a CD of her organ compositions entitled "Sharing the Journey," recorded at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. She has served as the organist of the Congregational Church of San Mateo since 1993, and is currently the Artist in Residence. She is also a staff organist at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.
Dr. Kraft Cross retired in 2011 having worked for 22 years as an ophthalmic surgeon at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Redwood City, and now practices ophthalmology with the Peninsula Ophthalmology Group.
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Grand Lothbury Voluntary (2014): Angela Kraft Cross (b. 1958)
Ballo del Granduca: Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in C, Bux WV 137: Dieterich Buxtehude (ca. 1637-1707)
Vater unser im Himmelreich: Georg Böhm (1661-1733)
Sonata in A Major, Op. 65, No. 3: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Skizze in F Minor, Op. 58: Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Herzlich tut mich verlangen, Op. 122. No. 10: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 548: "The Wedge" Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Tree of Life (2013): Angela Kraft Cross
Fête: Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
Symphonie IV in F Minor: Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937)