Jeremy Crosmer is a remarkable young artist, both as a cellist and a composer. At the age of 24 Crosmer completed multiple graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in composition, cello and theory pedagogy, and received his D.M.A. in 2012. In 2011 Crosmer was awarded the prestigious Theodore Presser Graduate Music Award to promote, publish, record and perform his Crosmer-Popper duets. The duets are designed to be played simultaneously with the original Popper High School Etudes, Op. 73, and combine technique with musicality in a chamber music setting. Crosmer is currently assistant principal cellist of the Grand Rapids Symphony, and has also played as principal of the Lansing Symphony and is a regular substitute player with the Detroit Symphony. In 2015 Crosmer was commissioned by the Grand Rapids Symphony Music for Health Initiative to create a book of music allowing symphonic musicians and music therapists to work together in hospitals. He is a founding member of the modern music ensemble Latitude 49, and is also a founding member of the band ESME, a group which aims to broaden the education of classical music by bringing cross-overs and mash-ups of pop and classical music to schools and bars. He has been on staff at the Conductor's Retreat at Medomak for three summers, as a cellist. Crosmer is an adjunct theory professor at Grand Valley State University, and adjunct cello professor at Cornerstone University. He has also taught cello and music theory at Camp Encore/Coda in Maine. In his spare time, Crosmer draws mazes, writes science fiction and plays good old country fiddle.
As a pedagogue, Crosmer has taught courses on Pre-calculus, Music Theory, Aural Skills and String Pedagogy. In terms of cello pedagogy, Crosmer has developed an approach which incorporates all aspects of the instrument into each practice session. Titled the “Dynamic Modular Technique” method, students combine technical practice with learning repertoire and musical phrasing through isolation and rebuilding. The Crosmer-Popper Duets, which aims at a similar goal of combining technique and musicality, is his first published pedagogical work and has already received recognition from the Presser Foundation in 2011.
The creativity of the composer stems from his ability to connect across fields and disciplines. Crosmer's most noteworthy compositions are highly idiomatic and virtuosic for the performers. These include his Violin Sonata in E minor (2010), the Sonata for Bassoon and Continuo (2011) and the Suite for Cello Quartet (2009). Crosmer also enjoys experimenting with theoretical and mathematical aspects, referenced in his third string quartet, “Mathematica,” (rev. 2011) and in his set of fugues for piano. Many of Crosmer’s works for strings include the use of scordatura, such as his fourth quartet, “Chrysalis Infinitum,” (2010) and his duet for viola and cello, “Ridicoolus” (2009). Scordatura is used in the Crosmer-Popper Duets in No. 15.