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Reiner Krämer

Reiner Krämer

Associate Professor of Music Theory

School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact Information

(970) 351-2813
Frasier 15
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
School of Music
Campus Box 28
Greeley, CO 80639

Professional/Academic Experience

Reiner Krämer is a teacher, scholar, music theorist, composer, and programmer, or music algorist for short. He earned a Ph.D. in Music Theory with a related field in Computer Music at the University of North Texas (UNT), and completed a two-year position as a Postdoctoral Researcher within the Music Technology department at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music working at the Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis (SIMSSA) project. For SIMSSA he led an interdisciplinary research team of doctoral, masters, and undergraduate students. While in Montréal, he was a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT). His research interests include computational music analysis, computer music, popular music, counterpoint, and algorithmic composition. 

Aside from teaching at the University of Northern Colorado’s School of Music, Reiner Krämer also teaches the History of Rock Music at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has previously worked at Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, OK), where he taught music technology, music arranging, music appreciation, and rock music history courses. He also taught music theory, new media, and music technology courses while being a graduate student at the University of North Texas. In addition, while at UNT, Reiner Krämer was a researcher at the Hybrid Arts Lab as part of the Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts, and worked as a web programmer. 

As a scholar, music theorist, and composer, Reiner Krämer has presented (and will present) research outcomes, papers, and compositions in the U.S., Canada, England, France, Germany, Austria, Poland, and Japan. The presentations were given at the following conferences, festivals, podcasts, radio shows, or colleges: Arbeitstagung der Gesellschaft für Popularmusikforschung, Association for Technology in Music Instruction National Conference, Bates College, Canadian Society for Digital Humanities Congress, Canadian University Music Society Conference, College of Music Society Conference, College of Music Society South Central Regional Conference, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, Dairy Arts Center, Digital Humanities Conference, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, 5th International Pure Data Convention, Florida Flute Festival, Fort Lewis College, International Musicological Society Congress, Jahreskongress der Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie, Medieval-Renaissance Music Conference, Music Encoding Conference, National Flute Association, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (New York Philharmonic's biennial at National Sawdust), Le IXe congrès européen d’Analyse musicale,OK Electric Festival, Patch In, The Present Edge with Gary McBride, Society of Music Theory Conference (Music Informatics Group), Stevens Institute of Technology, Studio Z, Texas A & M University, University of California (Los Angeles), University of New Mexico, UNT on the Square, Vitrine des humanités numériques de Montréal.

As a practicing musician, Reiner Krämer sang with the Orpheus Singers in Montréal, under the direction of Peter N. Schubert. In a previous life, he played saxophone and sang in various rock ensembles, while living in a van, touring the Midwestern and Southern United States. Currently, he still likes to sing and play the saxophone, flute, keyboard, and computer.