Angela Kraft Cross – organ
Recorded live at St Bride’s on Friday 29th July.A Kraft Cross
All Hallows Voluntary (2010)J S Bach
Prelude and Fugue in G BWV 541A Kraft Cross
Variations on Ode to Joy (2020)C Saint-Saëns
7. Allegro giocoso
6 Études in the form of a canon
Canon 1 in C major
Canon 4 in A flat major
Canon 5 in B minor
Sonata, Op 65 No 1 in F minor
4. Finale: Allegro assai vivace
Angela Kraft Cross, AAGO, San Francisco Bay Area organist, pianist and composer, graduated from Oberlin 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 in Piano Performance at the College of Notre Dame. 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.
Dr Kraft Cross has performed extensively on both organ and piano, having given over six hundred concerts across the United States, in Canada, England, Holland, France, Hungary, Finland, Russia and Korea. In July 2011, she was a featured recitalist at the San Francisco AGO Region IX Convention. She has released eight solo CD albums, recorded in California, Paris, Lyon and London. Her organ recordings can be heard on Pipedreams, and on streaming services such as Spotify. She has served as the organist of the Congregational Church of San Mateo since 1993, and is Artist in Residence. She is also a recitalist at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Her compositions are published by Lorenz/Sacred Music Press.
In addition to music, Dr. Kraft Cross retired in 2011 from Kaiser Permanente and now volunteers as an ophthalmologist at Samaritan House in Redwood City and San Mateo. Dr Kraft Cross is the founding director of the San Francisco Peninsula Organ Academy – a nonprofit organization formed in 2014 to support young concert organists with scholarships on short intensive overseas study trips – and she is also President of the Junior Bach Festival.
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