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Dr. Emily Hanna Crane

Coordinator of Orchestral Strings
Associate Professor - Violin and Viola

Emily Hanna Crane with violin

Dr. Emily Hanna Crane is the Coordinator of Orchestral Strings and Associate Professor of Music at Austin Peay State University. She teaches applied violin and viola as well as a variety of academic courses including chamber music, music appreciation, chamber music literature, and string methods. She also teaches Suzuki and traditional violin through the Community School of the Arts, where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. Dr. Crane is the Director of APSU’s Honor Orchestra Festival and has been an active adjudicator, clinician, and sectional coach for summer festivals and honor orchestras. She was accepted into and completed the Fall 2012 Inaugural Faculty Teaching Program at APSU. Prior to APSU, Dr. Crane taught at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg and held a large private violin studio in Tallahassee, Fla. She has also been an active free-lance musician in the Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.

Dr. Crane earned the Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Florida State University where she studied violin with Eliot Chapo, Gary Kosloski, and Karen Clarke. She earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied with Richard Luby (deceased). Dr. Crane has also studied with Kenneth Goldsmith, Kevin Lawrence, Ernest Pereira, and Mary Jane Kirkendol. She has also studied viola pedagogy with Pamela Ryan and Dana Meyer. 

An avid performer, Dr. Crane has given concerts across North America, Taiwan, and Europe. She is one of the concertmasters of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, performing a variety of solos including Chamber Symphony (John Adams), the scordatura piccolo violin in the Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 (J. S. Bach), Orphée-Sérénade (William Bolcom), and Chamber Symphony, Op. 9 (Arnold Schönberg). In November 2011 Dr. Crane was featured as the violin soloist in Michael Daugherty's violin concerto Ladder to the Moon. GCO's 2nd commercial recording, Chamber Symphonies, was released by Summit Records in May 2012.

Dr. Crane is a founding member of the Hanna-Yang Duo, with pianist Hui-Ting Yang, dedicated to premiering new works. In 2005, the Duo premiered and recorded Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano (2004) by Ju-hwan Yu, which appears on a recording featuring contemporary Korean composers (Kum-Seong records) released in 2008. The Duo premiered Metamorphoses II by Clifton Callender (commissioned by the Florida State Music Teachers Association and the Hanna-Yang Duo) at the 2009 FSMTA conference in Tallahassee. The Duo has performed Metamorphoses II at the 2011 Southern Chapter College Music Society Conference, the 2011 Florida State University New Music Festival, and the 2010 College Music Society National Conference. A recording of the piece was released on Parma Recordings in August 2014. 

Dr. Crane has been a member of Tango Sur (traditional Argentinean music, Tallahassee) and Quartet alla Turca (first prize at the 2002 NUMUS competition; 2001-02 Eppes Graduate Quartet, FSU). She has also performed as a chamber musician on WPLN Nashville Public Radio’s Live in Studio C and performed with the Nexus Chamber Orchestra (Brentwood, Tenn.). Dr. Crane has served as concertmaster and associate concertmaster of the Valley (South Texas) and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestras and played in the violin sections of several orchestras including the Jacksonville (Fla.), Paducah (Ky.), and Columbus (Ga.) Symphony Orchestras.

Dr. Crane is a member of Sigma Alphe Iota (Life Member, faculty advisor 2009-2015), the Suzuki Association of the Americas, American String Teacher Association (President-Elect of the Tennessee Chapter 2013-2015), College Music Society (Board Member for Performance in the Southern College Music Society 2012-2014), and the National Association for Music Education. 

Dr. Crane moved to Clarksville in 2008. She has two adorable children and a wonderful husband who teaches high school history and coaches football.

Email: CraneE@apsu.edu
Phone: (931) 221-6262
Music/Mass Communication Building, Room 219

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