Faculty and Staff

Hara, Craig

Craig Hara

Craig Hara

Lecturer of Music

Music and Stage and Screen Arts
Office: B46 Kleinpell Fine Arts
Phone: 715-425-3183



M.F.A. in Trumpet Performance, California Institute of the Arts
B.F.A. in Trumpet Performance, California Institute of the Arts

Courses Taught:

Falcon Band, American Music History, Live Sound and Recording Technology, Applied Percussion - Drumset, and River Falls Brass.


Other courses taught:

History of Jazz, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Band, St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, Applied Trumpet, Understanding Music

Craig Hara teaches Applied Percussion - Drumset, History of American Music, Live Sound and Recording Techniques, directs the
Falcon Band and is a member of the River Falls Brass at UW-River Falls. He was interim conductor for the UW-River Falls
Symphonic Wind Band and the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2005, and also taught Understanding Music for five years, and trumpet two. He is a freelance musician and teacher, playing Trumpet, Drums and Percussion, EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument), Guitars, Electric Bass, and Keyboards and Synthesizers.
Craig is currently living in Minnesota where his wife, Marni Hougham, plays English Horn in the Minnesota Orchestra. He continues to perform in California with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra .
Craig earned Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the California Institute of the Arts, after starting his undergraduate studies at California State University, Northridge. His primary teachers were Mario Guarneri, Roy Poper, Rob Roy
McGregor and Boyde Hood on trumpet, and Peter Donald, Peter Erskine, Jerry Steinholtz, and Tarnoth Rao on drums and percussion.
He can be heard on recordings and in live performance with various artists and groups (Laura Caviani, the Flashbacks, Global Jazz, Mary Louise Knutson, Charles Lazarus, River Falls Brass, the David Singley Trio, Synergy, Pete Whitman, the Zebra Mussels,
Zona, the Bach Society, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, VocalEssence [formerly Plymouth Music Series]), on scores for motion pictures and television ( Solstice,
The Legend of EarthSea , Netforce , Chicago Hope, High Incident, Face/Off, Time Cop, Speechless, Death Wish IV ), and has performed in North America, Japan, and Europe with many of the world's most eminent musicians, including Leonard Bernstein, Bill Conti, Zubin Mehta, Helmut Rilling, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Williams, Louis Bellson, David Benoit, José Carreras, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Amy Grant, Mark Isham, Kiri Te Kanawa, Chuck Mangione, Itzhak Perlman, Doc Severinsen, Michael W. Smith, and Sarah Vaughn.
Recent notable performances at UWRF include performances with guest artists Michael Davis, Matt Harris, Donnie McCaslin, Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Ernie Watts, and as featured soloist on EVI playing music written for Bobby McFerrin by Fred Sturm at the Universal
Language VII: Migrations concert.
Contact Craig Hara by email at or by phone at 715/425-3389.