Organ Recital

Organ Recital

6 p.m.

The Church
2300 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
You are cordially invited to attend the Second Sunday Evensong/Organ Recital Series on this Sunday, December 9 at St. Mark’s, Berkeley.

Evensong will be offered at 5:30 p.m. by the Schola Cantorum and followed by an organ recital by Angela Kraft Cross.


St. Bede’s Voluntary (2017)                             Angela Kraft Cross (b. 1958)
Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 544       Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Messianic Longings (2017)                             Angela Kraft Cross
Nun komm der Heiden Heiland,  BWV659    Bach
Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen                             Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Gloria (2018)                                                   Angela Kraft Cross
Canon in A-flat major                                      Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Toccata in F Major, BWV 540                         Bach

Angela Kraft Cross, a San Francisco Bay Area organist, pianist and composer, graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in 1980 with bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Organ Performance. She then earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at Loma Linda University, where she subsequently completed her residency in ophthalmology. In 1993, she completed her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the College of Notre Dame with Thomas LaRatta. Her organ teachers have included Louis Robilliard, Marie-Louise Langlais, Sandra Soderlund, S. Leslie Grow, William Porter, and Garth Peacock. In 2001, she was awarded the Associateship credential of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO) after passing rigorous playing and written examinations. She has studied composition with Pamela Decker.

Dr. Kraft Cross has performed extensively on both organ and piano, having given over five hundred concerts across the United States, in Canada, England, Holland, France, Hungary, Korea, Lesotho, and Guam, including such venues as Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Sulpice and the Madeleine in Paris, Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Thomas Church in New York City, Methuen Memorial Music Hall and Trinity Church in Boston, E. Power Biggs’ organ at Harvard, the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, and Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Southwark Cathedral in London. She has been featured soloist with local Bay Area ensembles Master Sinfonia Orchestra, Soli Deo Gloria, Sine Nomine, Masterworks Chorale, Viva la Musica, The Choral Project, and the San Jose Symphonic Choir as well as Seattle’s Philharmonia Northwest Chamber Orchestra and the Skagit Symphony in northern Washington. In October 2017, Viva la Musica performed her composition Exsultate Deo on their international tour to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and St. Petersburg, Russia. In July 2011, she was a featured recitalist at the San Francisco AGO Region IX Convention.

She has released eight solo CD albums, recorded in California, Paris, Lyon, and London. Three of her organ albums have received critical acclaim in The American Organist magazine. Her most recent releases include a 2013 CD of her organ compositions entitled Sharing the Journey and her 2016 WIDOR chez Widor album, featuring Symphonies 4,5,6 and 7 on Widor’s hometown Cavaillé-Coll organ at St. François-de-Sales in Lyon, France. She has served as the organist of the Congregational Church of San Mateo since 1993, and is currently the Artist in Residence. She is also a regular organ recitalist at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. In July, Lorenz Music/Sacred Music Press published five of her organ works under the title Tree of Life.

In addition to her musical career, Dr. Kraft Cross worked for 22 years as an ophthalmic surgeon at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Redwood City, and she now volunteers as an ophthalmologist at Samaritan House in Redwood City. She is committed to the musical education of young people, and since 1997 she has been instrumental in organizing an annual Organ Camp for young pianists headquartered at her church. Her student, Dominic Pang, won the western regional AGO/Quimby competition and performed at the national convention in Kansas City. Dr. Kraft Cross is the founding director of the San Francisco Peninsula Organ Academy, a nonprofit organization formed in 2014 to support young concert organists with scholarships on short intensive overseas study trips. She also served as faculty and/or performed in Pipe Organ Encounters in San Francisco 2005, San Diego 2012, Stanford 2013 and 2016, and Los Angeles 2018. She is the President of the Junior Bach Festival in Berkeley. She is also a member of the Concert Artist Cooperative. Come visit her website at:

While there is no admission charge, a free-will offering is received.  A reception follows in LIONS HALL. Parking is available at 2315 Ellsworth Street in the parish garage.
Questions, please contact George Emblom at the email address above.