Sarah Elizabeth Cranor

Violin, 2014

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Sarah Cranor grew up on her family’s cattle ranch in the beautiful mountains outside of Gunnison, Colorado.  When she wanted to study the harp at age 7, her mother suggested she try the violin since there was one in the attic… she fell in love with the instrument and hasn’t looked back!  Sarah is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, in Historical Performance.  While completing her Masters in Violin Performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder with Charles Wetherbee, Sarah led the Early Music Ensemble, as well as performing with Ensemble Pearl, and the Colorado New Music Ensemble, and playing Principal Second and Concertmaster with the CU Symphony Orchestra, and CU Opera Orchestra.  She holds her first Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy also from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she studied with Lina Bahn and Karoly Schranz of the Takacs Quartet.  For her undergraduate degree, Sarah attended Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, and graduated from the Honors Program, magna cum laude, in Violin Performance with a minor in Piano Performance. Her senior thesis entitled “‘Secret Sinful Converse with Dissonance?’ In Defense of Schoenberg’s Music” was published in the journalAnamnesis in May, 2007.  After graduation, Sarah was selected as an Apprentice for Shar Music in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while she studied with Yehonatan Berick and performed as a freelance orchestral musician.

Past collaborations include the Junges Stuttgarter Bach Ensemble under the baton of Helmuth Rilling to perform JS Bach’s St. John Passion in Stuttgart and Eisenach, a guest Convocation lecture and Guest Artist Recital at Western State Colorado University, the Hot Springs Music Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas in the summers of 2012 and 2013, and the Amherst Early Music Festival violin in New London, Connecticut where she was principal second violin for Telemann’s The Patience of Socrates in 2012 and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in 2013.  One of her recent projects was producing and performing “Strings for Kinshasa”: a benefit concert for the Kinshasa Symphony in the Congo, which raised funds to purchase a complete set of violin, viola and cello strings for the adult symphony, youth symphony, and the newly-formed children’s orchestra.  She is passionate about teaching early music and historical performance practice, incorporating stylistic specifics at all levels of violin pedagogy, as well as music of living composers, and the related freedom and sonic possibilities in music from these opposite time periods.  When Sarah does not have a violin under her chin, she enjoys fishing with the company of her golden retriever Abbie and whitewater kayaking.

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