Brian Cretzmeyer Trust for Young Musicians

The Brian Cretzmeyer Trust for Young Musicians is dedicated to providing access to quality music instruction for children-- especially those who might not otherwise have the opportunity. Currently, the Pre-College Piano Conservatory at the University of Iowa School of Music is a major recipient of funding by the Trust; providing the tuition for high quality classical music instruction for young children, and at the same time providing hands-on teaching experience for University students under the direct supervision of the university's Piano Pedagogy faculty.

Brian Francis Cretzmeyer was born June 29, 1979, in Iowa City, Iowa. He began playing the piano at the age of three and at age four, he began formal piano lessons. For the next 25 years, until his untimely death at age 29 due to cancer, he entertained and inspired others with his music.

Brian was a talented musician and artist, but his greatest passion was playing the piano. He was co-founding member of his band, The Gglitch with whom he played for ten years. The Brian Cretzmeyer Trust for Young Musicians serves as a living legacy to commemorate the life and musical spirit of Brian, while enriching children's lives through music.

Brian Fest 2015

Is coming! Set aside Saturday, June 27 on the Ped Mall (!) (planned, not yet set in stone) and watch this site or word of mouth from friends for further updates!

Brian Fest 2014

A huge shout out and thank you to:

  • Jim Kirkendall
  • Otar Taktakishvili, Ian Kenning, and friends
  • The Jesse White Band
  • Emmett Sheehan
  • Tallgrass
  • David Zollo and the Body Electric
  • Uniphonics
for a truly spectacular evening of terrific music, and to: for their participation in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life at the Cretzmeyer track!

2014 BrianFest Photos

2014 BrianFest(click here for more)

2014 Relay for Life Photos

2014 Relay for Life Group shot(click here for more)

1st Annual Brian Fest at the Iowa City Yacht Club

Iowa City Yacht Club, Friday 14 June 2013. An evening of local music benefitting the Brian Cretzmeyer Trust for Young Musicians.

A huge thank you to:
  • Alan Huckleberry
  • The Uniphonics
  • Dave Zollo & The Body Electric
  • The Sullivan Gang
  • Tallgrass
for an outstanding evening of great music!

Media coverage

2013 BrianFest Photos
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American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Johnson County

Saturday 15 June 2013 - at the Cretzmeyer track.

Our team, "Horton Gazornenplat and the West Berkshire Country Club Gold Members," raised over $1,500 for the American Cancer Society in Brian's name, walking as a team in his memory. Special thanks to all of those who turned out and joined us for a very special and rewarding day.

2013 Relay for Life Photos
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Direct and cash donations

Direct donations to the trust may be mailed to the physical address on the "Contact" tab.

Donate while you shop at Amazon

Did you know you can donate a portion of many of your retail purchases from to the trust via the Amazon Smile program? It's pretty easy:
  1. Go to
  2. Sign in to your Amazon shopping account
  3. Search for charity by name and select it as the recipient for your donations
Now each time you shop on, 0.5% of most of your purchases will be donated to the trust! You need to remember to shop at, though - if you shop using, those purchases are not eligible to generate a donation to the trust.

Brian Cretzmeyer Trust For Young Musicians


Brian Cretzmeyer Trust for Young Musicians
3759 Lacina Dr. SW
Iowa City, IA 52240