Doug Hammer

His friends and classmates at St. Louise grade school and St. Joseph High School may remember him as Doug Hammerschmitt, but now the professional composer and pianist is known as Doug Hammer and is residing in Boston.

Hammer’s love of music began at around age 3, and he began to become a true musician when he began taking piano lessons at age 6. Following high school, he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, and from there his career thrived. 

He formed his own successful company, Dreamworld Productions, where he produced, arranged and did orchestrations for numerous people aside from his own compositions. His company did work in all forms of media, including TV.

His sister, Beth Kraus of LaGrange Park, says that 2015 has been a big year for her brother, and looking at the information I have seen that is quite the truth. 

This year alone he has released two albums and has been on two tours. This also was the year he debuted at Carnegie Hall and was in Washington, D.C., playing at a candlelight vigil near the White House. 

Hammer also has received many award nominations and received a Piano Heaven Award for his album “Haiku.” He just released his latest album “Christmas Lights.” This album is his 10th album to date.

Hammer’s schedule for the remainder of the year continues to be busy. He will be in Boston for a while before going to New York City and will come home to the Chicago area, where he will be visiting family and performing in concert on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Divine Infant Church in Westchester. 

The concert will feature work from “Haiku” and “Christmas Lights” as well as a wide array of music styles, from quiet and introspective to dynamic and joyful. The church is located at 1601 Newcastle Ave. Admission is free and will begin at 7 p.m., ending approximately at 8:30 p.m. 

So whether you remember him as Doug Hammerschmitt or know him as Doug Hammer or are a music lover, here is an opportunity to hear him and his music. If you are interested in finding out more about his albums or the composer himself, you can learn more at