Craig Sylvern earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from The Ohio State University and a master of music degree in performance and bachelors degrees in music composition and music education from The Florida State University. His principal teachers include Patrick Meighan, John Boda, Harold Schiffman, Michael Ruszczynski, and Marc Ainger.
He is a Professor at Keene State College, where he teaches applied saxophone, composition, woodwind methods, and is the Coordinator of Music Technology.
As a professional saxophonist, he has performed with many symphony orchestras and big bands throughout the United States and has toured for many years with Keith Brion and his New Sousa Band. He can be heard on recordings with the New Sousa Band, the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet, and the Ohio State University Concert Band. His compositions have had premieres throughout North America. One of his more recent works, Digitorum, for tenor saxophone and percussion, received its world premiere at the 16th World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Prior to joining Keene State's Department of Music in 1998, Dr. Sylvern taught at Plattsburgh State University of New York.