Craig P. First

Title: Composer; Retired Professor
Company: The University of Alabama
Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States

Craig First, composer and retired professor at The University of Alabama, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in musical composition.

Having accrued almost four decades of experience in the field, Mr. First has excelled as an accomplished composer and music educator. As a composer, he is well regarded for his creative output, having released numerous compositions over the course of his career, including “Shadow Play,” “Black Sun,” “Intimate Voices,” and “Tantrum.” In addition to his primary vocation, Mr. First is also dedicated to music education, having formerly taught students as a professor at The University of Alabama from 1995 to 2017. Previously, he served as a lecturer at Northwestern University from 1990 to 1995. Mr. First began his career in education and music operating as an instructor at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois, between 1983 and 1984.

Before embarking on his professional path, Mr. First pursued a formal education, earning a Bachelor of Music at the American Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music and Doctor of Music from Northwestern University in 1983 and 1990, respectively. As part of his dedication in the field, he maintains membership with The College Music Society, Society of Composers Inc., and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. To commemorate his professional commitment, Mr. First has been recognized with numerous accolades, including the World Music Days Award in 1998 and 2000, the Astral Composition Award in 1998, and the Padrone-Kantscheidt Award in 1990. In light of his many achievements, he attributes much of his success to his hard work and dedication. Mr. First is currently working on his seventh studio album, and he anticipates its release in the fall of 2022.

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