has, through diligent research and study, acquired an extensive concert repertoire consisting of the standard organ literature as well as works of many lesser-known and lesser-heard composers. He is currently involved in mastering the more obscure works of Max Reger and the complete sonatas of Josef Rheinberger.
"That's wonderful--I've never heard it before!" is a frequent reaction at his concerts.
Also a composer and pianist, his keyboard and chamber works have been performed at conventions of the Society of Composers, Inc., and by many organists nationwide. His primary influence has been composer and poet Barney Childs, a guru of Western independence and sophisticated musical thought since the 1950's. He earned the Master of Arts degree in Keyboard Performance from the University of California, Riverside, following organ study with Raymond Boese and Anthony Newman. A Past Dean of the San Jose Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, he is a valued accompanist for works such as Händel's Messiah
, Brahms' German Requiem
and Verdi's Four Sacred Pieces
. Dave has recorded for the Grenadilla, Advance and Rastascan labels, and he can be heard on a CD of live performances of the music of Louis Vierne at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco. He is currently working on a recording of new piano music featuring Nimbus Moments
by Washington composer Lothar Kreck.
Angela Kraft Cross, San Francisco Bay Area organist, pianist and composer, graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music 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 degree in Piano Performance at the College of Notre Dame with Thomas LaRatta, with whom she continues to study. Her organ teachers have included Louis Robilliard, Marie-Louise Langlais, Sandra Soderlund, S. Leslie Grow, William Porter and Garth Peacock. In 2001, she was awarded the Associateship credential of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO) after passing rigorous playing and written examinations. She has studied composition with Pamela Decker in recent years.