Craig Ames – Associate Director of Music, Pianist and Organist

Craig Ames has been making music in the Methodist Church since a very young age. He is the son of founding members of Bethany United Methodist Church in Northeastern Wisconsin.  In Florida, Craig has served as Director of Music at Nativity Lutheran Church, Director of Music and Drama at Trinity United Methodist Church, Music Minister at the VA Hospital, and is now entering his thirteenth year as pianist and organist here at FUMCBR.

Craig has studied piano with three fine teachers: Carol Chilton and Zhanna Dawson, University of Wisconsin, and French pianist Phillipe  Drevet. Craig is a four-time Carbonell Award winner for his work as a Musical Director, and his arrangements of the music of Rodgers and Hart are included in the Rodgers and Hammerstein Library under the title, “Beguiled, Again.”

Craig is privileged to be the recipient of the Clyde Fyfe Award for his work in arts and community cooperation, presented by the Palm Beach Cultural Council. Craig also served five years as a founding board member of the Randolph A. Frank Prize for the Performing Arts.

Also a student of American history, in 2010, Craig was privileged to be the recipient of a Gilder-Lehrman Foundation Fellowship to study pre-colonial American history at Yale University with Prof. John Demos.

These combined passions of music and history have helped to create a platform for Craig’s belief that faith, hope, and love (1st Corinthians 13) really are the cornerstones of a life filled with joy.