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Michael McCraw

Professor of Music (Baroque Bassoon and Recorder)

Contact Information:
(812) 855-8301
Merrill Hall, MU343


Early Music

  • M.A., Master of Arts, The City College of New York, 1972
  • B.M., Bachelor of Music, North Carolina School of the Arts, 1969
  • Performer's Certificate, Salzburg Mozarteum, 1970

Michael McCraw, cited in The New Grove Dictionary as one of the most important early bassoon players and pedagogues of our time, began his career in New York City as a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and as one of the pioneers in the field of historical performance.

He holds degrees from North Carolina School of the Arts and the City College of New York. From 1979, he lived in Cologne, Germany, playing with such ensembles as Musica Antiqua Koeln, Concentus musicus Wien, London Baroque, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, and Camerata Koeln. Mr. McCraw moved to Toronto in 1991 to take up the position of principal bassoonist with the Tafelmusik Orchestra, a position he held through 2002.

Also a gifted teacher, he has taught at festivals and workshops all over the world and was on the faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto as well as the University of Toronto. Since August 2004, he has been a professor in the Early Music Institute at Indiana University and served as director of the institute from 2004 to 2009.

Likely the most widely recorded bassoonist, Mr. McCraw's recordings number more than 175, including a highly acclaimed CD of Vivaldi bassoon concerti with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra. American Record Guide names this recording "number one for Vivaldi bassoon, with no reservations."

Mr. McCraw continues to free-lance in North America and Europe and is also musical director of the baroque double reed workshop in Albuquerque, N.M. He was inducted as an honorary fellow into London's Academy of St. Cecilia in the spring of 2007 and now serves as a board member for Early Music America.