Cari Shipp Kramer, a native of El Paso, Texas, began playing the flute in 1997. After attending Interlochen Center for the Arts for the summer of 1999, she was certain that the flute would be her career. Returning to Interlochen for the summers of 2000 and 2001, she continued to the Interlochen Arts Academy in 2003 for her senior year of high school where she studied under scholarship with Tallon Perkes.
After graduating from Interlochen in 2004, she attended the University of North Texas with a Wind Studies scholarship under the tutelage of Mary Karen Clardy, world-renowned performer and pedagogue. She graduated cum laude in 2008 with her Bachelors of Music in Flute Performance. Mrs. Kramer then began her graduate studies in the fall of 2008 at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University as a student of Laurie Sokoloff, solo piccoloist in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She graduated in May of 2010 with her Masters of Music inFlute Performance.
Mrs. Kramer has spent her summers at festivals such as Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC and the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific in Powell River, BC, Canada. She has twice performed in the Jeanne Baxtresser International Master Classes at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has also performed in master classes for artists such as Jeanne Baxtresser, Trudy Kane, Marina Piccinini, Mathieu Dufour, Mark Sparks, Paul Edmund-Davies, Kathleen Chastain, Tatjana Ruhland, Cristina Jennings, Jessica Warren-Acosta, Federica Lotti, and Janet Arms.
Mrs. Kramer performs extensively as a soloist as well as an orchestral and chamber musician. She has served as the solo flutist in the Mozart Flute Quartets and the Debussy Trio Sonata, as well as been a member of a woodwind quintet, a flute trio, a flute and harp duet, and principal and piccolo the Peabody Chamber Winds. She has performed solo recitals at the University of North Texas, the Peabody Conservatory, and in the Johns Hopkins University Hackerman-Patz House Music of the Night series. She has also played privately endowed recitals for the Livingston, Texas Memorial Hospital and at the residence of Graham Down in Washington, DC.
She has performed as the solo flutist with the University of North Texas Harp Ensemble in Denton, TX, as well as giving solo performances at Old St. Paul’s Episcopalian Church an Roland Park Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD. She has held the principal and/or piccolo positions in the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, the University of North Texas Symphonic Band, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, the Peabody Wind Ensemble, the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific Orchestra, and the Baltimore Concerto Orchestra. She has also performed with the Virginia Consort and Opera-onthe-James. With the help of a grant from the Peabody Conservatory, Mrs. Kramer maintained a benefit concert series at nursing and retirement homes in the Charlottesville area. She currently holds the principal flute position with the Hunt Valley Symphony Orchestra which she joined for their inaugural season in 2013.
Mrs. Kramer has held a teaching studio since 2005. She has written two editions of both her beginning and intermediate method books. She has taught in Frisco, TX, Laurel and Columbia, MD, and Charlottesville, VA. She currently teaches through the Music and Arts stores in Laurel, MD and through her private studio in Charlottesville, VA. Mrs. Kramer's studio also includes a number of Skype students; she has found this progressive approach has enabled students who have moved away to continue in their studies with her and is pleased to utilize the many advancements of technology to better serve her students. She has served as a clinician at Cale Elementary School, Walton Middle School, and Monticello High School in Charlottesville, VA, Saint Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, MD and at Phelps Luck Elementary School in Columbia, MD. She has also served as a judge at the Texas Flute Society Solo and Ensemble Competition as well as the All District competition in Charlottesville, VA. To assure a wellrounded, balanced musical education for her students, Mrs. Kramer holds interactive, engaging studio classes for both her Maryland and Virginia students throughout the year. Classes cover topics of technique, music theory, and music history. Her students have excelled in solo and ensemble competitions and have been members of All State in Virginia.
Mrs. Kramer lives in Charlottesville, VA with her husband Joshua. She enjoys cooking, volunteering, and spending time outside with her dog Sydney. When not teaching or practicing in her studio, she can be found on one of the many beautiful trails or quaint coffee shops in Charlottesville. Her bi-weekly commute to Maryland is filled with audiobooks or a wide array of music. Mrs. Kramer aspires to publish some of her teaching materials and teach at the college level as well as continue to perform both as a soloist and as an orchestral player.