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Dr. Emily Hanna Crane

Coordinator of Orchestral Strings
Associate Professor of Music, 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 the Suzuki method (Suzuki-registered since 2004) and traditional violin in the community and has taught through the Madison Street Music and Arts Academy and the Community School of the Arts (APSU), where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. Dr. Crane is the Director of APSU's Honor Orchestra Festival and the String Camp for Violinists. She has been an active adjudicator, presenter, clinician, and sectional coach for summer festivals, honor orchestras, and conferences. 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 Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.

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

An avid performer, Dr. Crane has given concerts across North America, Taiwan, and Europe. She has been a featured concerto soloist with the Trevecca Symphony Orchestra, Parthenon Chamber Orchestra, Gateway Chamber Orchestra, Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Tallahassee Youth Orchestra. She is one of the concertmasters of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, performing a variety of solos including Ma mère l'Oye (Maurice Ravel), the scordatura piccolo violin and solo violiln parts in the Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1, 3 and 4 (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. She performs as concertmaster on the GCO's 2nd commercial recording, Chamber Symphonies, which was released by Summit Records in May 2012. 

Dr. Crane is dedicated to performing and premiering new works by living composers. In 2013, she premiered Jeffrey Wood's Sonata for violin and piano, a work dedicated to her. Dr. Crane is a founding member of the Hanna-Yang Duo, with pianist Hui-Ting Yang, and 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 2014 Parma Music Festival, 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 can also be heard perfoming Rain Worthington's Night Stream for Violin Duo on the album Parma Music Festival Live 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 on numerous movie and video game soundtracks as a studio musician as well as performed as a chamber musician on WPLN Nashville Public Radio’s Live in Studio C. Dr. Crane has served as principal second violin of the Parthenon Chamber Orchestra (Tenn.) and concertmaster and associate concertmaster of the Valley (South Texas) and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestras and has played in the violin sections of several orchestras including the Nashville (Tenn.), Jacksonville (Fla.), Paducah (Ky.), Laredo (Tx), and Columbus (Ga.) Symphony Orchestras and the Nexus Chamber Orchestra (Tenn.).

In addition to serving as Coordinator of the Orchestral Strings area, Dr. Crane serves as one of the Chair Assistants and is the the Scholarship Committee chair for the Department of Music. She is a member of Sigma Alphe Iota (Life Member, faculty advisor 2009-2015), the Suzuki Association of the Americas, American String Teacher Association (Tennessee Chapter President 2015-2018, President-Elect 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 has lived in Clarksville, Tenn. since 2008 with her husband Barrett, a high school history teacher. Together they have two amazing children (born in 2008 and 2010). Dr. Crane is an avid rollerskater and pop culture fanatic. 

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