Dr. Jonathan C. Kramer is recently retired after 35 years serving as Professor of Music and Arts Studies at North Carolina State University, and 20 years as Adjunct Professor of Ethnomusicology at Duke University. Since his undergraduate days studying Native American Dance and Vocal Techniques and South Indian vina at Wesleyan University while studying cello performance at Yale, he has pursued a dual career in both Western and World Musics.
He has performed as principal cellist of the Tucson (AZ) Symphony and as a member of the San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras and the North Carolina Symphony. He has concertized extensively as recitalist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and abroad. As ethnomusicologist, Dr. Kramer has specialized in musics of East and South Asia, and is co-author, with Dr. Alison Arnold, of What in the World Is Music?, a college-level World Music e-textbook published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis.
At North Carolina State, he has taught courses in both Western and World Musics, as well as interdisciplinary courses for Arts Studies majors, including The Arts and the Sacred; and Arts, Ideas, and Values. In addition, he has taken student groups to London and Paris, as well as India, Ethiopia, and Morocco. In the Spring of 2006, he taught on the around-the-world voyage for Semester at Sea, traveling with his then-11-year-old son, who is now a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oregon.
He holds advanced degrees from Duke University and the Graduate School of the Union Institute.