Craig Bohmler is a composer/pianist whose works have been widely performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Primarily a composer for the singing theater and voice, Mr. Bohmler has written three operas and nine musicals as well as 150 art songs and numerous choral works. ENTER THE GUARDSMAN took first prize in the International Musical of the Year Competition in Denmark and opened in London's West End (produced by Sam Mendez at the Donmar Warehouse) in 1998 It was nominated for "best musical" at the Olivier Awards. It had its American premiere at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival and then was named the most produced new musical in the regional theatres in 2001-2002 season by Variety Magazine. THE ACHILLES HEEL commissioned and premiered by Houston Grand Opera, was first prize winner in the National Opera Association Competition. GUNMETAL BLUES was presented in the National Theater Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Center at the Stratford Festival in Ontario. In addition to a successful Off-Broadway run, it has had over 120 productions in the U.S. and Canada. Other prizes include ASCAP and Dramatist Guild awards as well as two showcases with the National Music Theatre Alliance. The CD of the Laguna Playhouse production was released in October of 2000. He has written incidental music for four productions at the Stratford Festival in Ontario and a pantomime, GRETEL AND HANSEL for Shakespeare Santa Cruz.


Bay Area projects have included numerous commissions with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra (PENTIMENTO, CHIARASCURO,  SAINTS and SINNERS) for which he received two Meet-the-Composer grants. In May 1998, he performed and recorded the world premiere of Michael Ching's piano concerto written for him for the ensemble’s premiere CD.  His most recent opera THE TALE OF THE NUTCRACKER premiered in Opera San Jose's 2000 season. His musical MOUNTAIN DAYS-The story of John Muir premiered at the Concord Pavilion with the California Symphony and a cast of 85 in October 2000. An 1100 seat amphitheatre was subsequently built so it could become an annual summer event. It has had 6 productions in its new home, and a cast album was recorded.


Other musicals include THE HAUNTING OF WINCHESTER (Fall 2005) (NEA grant), THE QUILTMAKER’S GIFT and a musical based on the Lewis an Clark story-SACAGAWEA (NEA Grant). His new musical ALL THE MORE TO LOVE just premiered at the Phoenix Theatre. Presently a national tour of his show THE 3 REDNECK TENORS is in its fifth year.

His works are also published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Samuel French, and Dramatic Publishing as well as recorded  by Columbus, Centaur, Original Cast, and BMS records. Further information and recordings can be found at