Accompanists

ACCOMPANIST - CHORALE

MICHAEL BECKER is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where he earned a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Towson University in Maryland, with additional studies at the Eastman School of Music and the Longy School of Music Piano Pedagogy Institute.

While in Baltimore, Michael was the staff pianist at Colgate Baptist church, an accompanist for Towson University Opera Workshop, a keyboardist for the Maryland Arts Festival, and was on staff at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology. During his time in Rochester, Michael was staff pianist at Browncroft Community Church, accompanied at Blackfriars Theatre, and was on staff at the Hochstein Music School. In the Boston area, Michael has worked as a pianist for the Boston Pops, Boston University, New England Conservatory, Suffolk University and Wellesley College, and has served at numerous area churches, including Calvary Baptist Church in Ashmont, Church of the Covenant in Boston, Old South Church in Boston, Somerville Community Church, St. Francis Chapel at the Prudential Center, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Weston, and the United Methodist Church of Newton. Michael has also been a music director and piano instructor at Riverside Theatre Works.

Michael has been the accompanist of the Arlington-Belmont Chorale since January 2007. He is a staff pianist at the Boston Conservatory and is on the piano faculty of the All Newton Music School. Michael performs regularly with Urban Voices, an educational outreach program of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and he accompanies the Singers, Youth Chorus, and Young Women’s Chorus of the Handel and Haydn Society.

ACCOMPANIST – CHAMBER CHORUS

JOHN KRAMER is a composer, conductor, and pianist based in Boston, Massachusetts. He has performed and had his music performed in and around Boston, New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and all of New England. Recent commissions include music honoring the 40th anniversary of the South Shore Conservatory and a piece for the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus.

John was awarded the 2008 Vincent Brown Silliman prize for his choral setting of the e.e. cummings poem i thank You God. In 2010 he was named alternate finalist by the Longfellow Chorus for his setting of The Poet's Calendar by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. His CD of solo piano music, Orange Earth/Blue Ether, is available through CDBaby.com and iTunes.

In addition to writing extensively for piano, organ, and choir, he has written many chamber works. Some of his recent compositions include Trio for Two Violins and Piano and music for choir and brass quintet. John is the Music Director at the Winchester Unitarian Society, teaches at the Winchester Community Music School and the South Shore Conservatory, and is a graduate of Bates College and the University of Iowa.