Craig Courtney is a 1972 graduate of Warren Central High School. Craig began playing the piano at the age of three and the cello at the age of eleven. He received a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati.
Following a three-year stay Milan, Italy, where Mr. Courtney studied the piano, he was invited to join the music faculty of the famed Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, serving as piano teacher and accompanist for the woodwind and brass department. While serving in the music ministry of the Salzburg international Baptist Church, Mr. Courtney began directing a church choir and composing sacred choral music. In 1985, his compositions came to the attention of John Ness Beck through the publication of his octavo, Thy Will Be Done. A close working relationship developed. Prior to Mr. Beck’s death in 1987, he appointed Craig Courtney to assume his responsibilities as staff composer and editor of the Beckenhorst Press.
Mr. Courtney’s published works include more than two hundred choral octavos, nine vocal collections, a piano solo collection and six extended works for choir and orchestra. He has been a frequent recipient of ASCAP achievement awards and his composition, Peace I Give to You, was awarded 1st place in the 2003 John Ness Beck Foundation competition.
In demand throughout the country as a choral clinician and featured composer, Craig Courtney now resides in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, Susan, and his fourth son, Nathan.