Musical Director & Conductor
The 2017-2018 season marks Crafton Becks 20th season as Music Director of the Lima Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. He also serves as Music Director of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to the Lima Symphony’s regularly scheduled concerts, Mr. Beck’s many activities include the annual educational full-orchestra concerts for middle school children throughout the region, and he also shares the stage each year with other Lima Symphony musicians in elementary schools as part of the Lima Symphony’s In-School programs. Mr. Beck shares administration duties of the Lima Symphony with his colleague, Executive Director Elizabeth Brown.
In addition to serving as Music Director of the Mississippi Symphony and the Lima Symphony, Mr. Beck also appears as a guest conductor with orchestras across the country and has performed with over thirty American orchestras including the Milwaukee Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the New World Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, the Delaware Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Florida Orchestra.
Mr. Beck earned his undergraduate degree and his Master’s degree at The Ohio State University in Columbus, and a Doctorate in Conducting form the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
In the six years, he worked with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, he arranged over fifty selections which have appeared on the Orchestras many recordings. Most of these appeared on the Billboard Classical/Crossover charts for best-selling albums, and two of those albums received Grammy Award nominations.