Crisara, Raymond D.
- Joel A. Treybig
(b Cortland, NY, Oct 19, 1920). American He began the trumpet at ten, played in his father’s town band, and studied with Ernest S(amuel) Williams. After serving as a teaching assistant at the University of Michigan (1940), he left in 1941 to join the Goldman Band as soloist and also was contracted as first trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He served in the military from 1942 to 1946, playing with the army band at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and working in a special service unit at Fort Slocum, New York that performed concerts and recorded music for films and radio broadcasts for military personnel. In 1946, he became associate first trumpet/third trumpet under Arturo Toscanini for the NBC Symphony. He also worked as a studio musician in every available medium. He served as soloist for the Band of America, the Casals Festival (Puerto Rico), and the premiere of Husa’s Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Orchestra, among many other performances.
In 1978, Crisara accepted an invitation to join the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was named Outstanding Teacher in the School of Music, honored as Frank C. Erwin Jr. Centennial Professor of Fine Arts, and appointed professor emeritus upon his retirement in 2001. Crisara, a long time clinician for the Bach-Selmer Instrument Company, has earned numerous honors including the American Bandmasters Association’s Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation (1993), an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Cortland State University (1998), and the International Trumpet Guild Award of Merit (2003).
- J. Treybig: “An Investigation of Karel Husa’s Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Orchestra,” International Trumpet Guild Journal, vol.24/3 (2000), 46–54
- K. Winking: “Ray Crisara: Teaching by Example,” International Trumpet Guild Journal, vol.24/3 (2000), 33–39