K. Craig BircherArtist-in-Residence, lecturer of trumpet
Area of Focus: Brass
K. Craig Bircher is Lecturer of Music and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has performed as Associate Principal Trumpet of the Omaha Symphony, Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Opera Omaha since 1981. Mr. Bircher is frequently featured as a jazz soloist on the Orchestra’s Super Pops Series and has also appeared as soloist with the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra.
Orchestral performances outside of Omaha include the Des Moines Metro Opera and the Colorado Music Festival. A native of Hutchinson, Kansas, he holds degrees from Wichita State University and the University of Michigan where he studied with Armando Ghitalla. He has been on the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Creighton University. Mr. Bircher is an enthusiastic performer of all types of chamber music and has performed at the New College Music Festival, New York Brass Quintet Seminar, Annapolis Brass Quintet Festival, Vermont Mozart Festival, Bach Aria Festival and Summit Brass Conference. He is a founding member of the Gore Range Brass Quintet, a quintet spending it’s summers in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado since 1983 and has toured and recorded with the Boulder Brass. He is often heard in recital with Omaha Symphony principal harpist, Mary Bircher. The duo has two recordings, "Celebrations and Ceremonies" and "A Royal Celebration," featuring music of Handel for trumpet and harp.