Marcos Krieger, DMA

Department: Music

Associate Professor of Music

Director of Chapel Music

Director of Honors

  • Education
  • DMA, Univ of Nebraska Lincoln
  • MM, Brigham Young University - Hawaii
  • BHUM, Universidade Cat�lica de Goi�s
  • BM, Universidade Federal de Goi�s
  • Areas of Specialty
  • Organ & Harpsicord
  • Music History
  • Ear Training

Marcos Krieger is an organist and harpsichordist. His main repertoire consists of Renaissance and Baroque Music from Spain, Italy, and Germany. His research focuses on early music treatises and music for keyboard instruments from Iberia, as well as early sources on Basso Continuo practices.

A citizen of Germany and of Brazil, Marcos Krieger was raised in the Brazilian Amazon region, where his parents are missionaries to the Xerente tribe. He received his musical education in Brazil and in Germany, and completed graduate degrees at Brigham Young University and at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

He has produced works on the Christian hymnology of the Xerente Tribe, Portuguese Lyrical Diction, and early music treatises related to keyboard repertoire. His book “An English Translation and Commentary on Andreas Werckmeister’s Organum Gruningense Redivivum” was published by VDM-Verlag, Saarbrücken, Germany. In collaboration with saxophonist Gail Levinsky, he published the first annotated catalogue of music for organ and saxophone (Lyceum, 2013).

Dr. Krieger has performed solo recitals in North and South America, as well as in Germany, Austria, Spain, and Italy. In addition to his solo recitals as organist and harpsichordist, he often performs with early music ensembles, having played continuo for the major instrumental and choral works of J. S. Bach, H. Schütz, and C. Monteverdi.

At a very young age I became fascinated by sounds. This interest, inevitably, was cultivated by listening to the noises from the rich, natural environment in the remote area of Brazil where my parents were missionaries to a native tribe. Simultaneously, multiple languages were being spoken to me that stimulated my aural senses. Perhaps the confluence of these early experiences led me toward the study of music in addition to a profound appreciation for how different cultures use musical sounds.

I draw upon these past experiences to assist students' development into complete musicians. This completeness is not just about mastering musical technique but developing an understanding of both aesthetics and cultural values in composition. In this context, Susquehanna University's commitment to fostering a liberal arts environment enables me to have heightened personal interaction with students so I can help them find their artistic voice. This end result is perhaps the most rewarding for me in my role as a music professor.

When I examine my own musical education in the conservatory system and then juxtapose this experience with the liberal arts approach, I see what an excellent place Susquehanna is for the development of a young artist. The liberal arts experience fosters the pursuit of knowledge and truth through a comprehensive central curriculum that can powerfully expand the cultural and intellectual horizons of students.

My passion for the liberal arts model also inspired me to become involved with Susquehanna's Global Opportunities programs. I have been and am currently involved with study trips to three different destinations: Italy, Central America and Israel. I love the experience of traveling with students and creating a learning environment out of the real-life situations imposed by traveling logistics and cross-cultural interactions. And of course, there is plenty of improvisation in all these trips-from trying different foods, to getting completely disoriented in a medieval town-it is all an adventure!

Courses taught:

  • HONS-100 Thought
  • HONS-400 Senior Capstone Seminar
  • HONS-450 Honors Research Project
  • MUSC-003 Organ Lesson
  • MUSC-004 Organ Lesson
  • MUSC-005 Piano Lesson
  • MUSC-006 Piano Lesson
  • MUSC-015 Harpsichord Lesson
  • MUSC-016 Harpischord Lesson
  • MUSC-245 Medieval/Renaissance/Baroque Eras
  • MUSC-250 The Music of Classic and Romantic Eras
  • MUSC-263 Ear Training III
  • MUSC-353 The Practice of Church Music
  • MUSC-501 Independent Study
  • OFFP-ITALART The Arts of Italy
  • OFFR-ITALART The Arts of Italy
  • OFFS-ITALART The Arts of Italy
  • RELI-353 The Practice of Church Music