Emily Hanna Crane


iolinist Emily Hanna Crane enjoys a dynamic career as a performer and educator. She is a founding member of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra serving as co-concertmaster. She is a Professor of Music and the Coordinator of the Orchestra Strings Area at Austin Peay State University. Crane is also a Suzuki-registered teacher with a vibrant local studio.

In addition to the GCO, Crane has served as concertmaster and associate concertmaster of the Valley (S. Tex.) and Tallahassee (Fla.) Symphony Orchestras, principal second violin of the Parthenon Chamber Orchestra (Tenn.), and has played in the violin sections of several orchestras including the Nashville (Tenn.), Jacksonville (Fla.), Paducah (Ky.), Bryan (Tenn.), Laredo (Tex.), and Columbus (Ga.) Symphony Orchestras and the Nexus Chamber Orchestra (Tenn.). Crane has given solo and chamber concerts across the U. S., Canada, Taiwan, and several countries in Europe. She has performed solo concertos with the Gateway Chamber, APSU Symphony, Trevecca Symphony, Parthenon Chamber, and the Valley Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber musician, she has been as a member of the Hanna-Yang Duo, Tango Sur, Quartet alla Turca, and the Eppes Quartet (FSU). Dedicated to promoting contemporary music, Crane has premiered several works by living composers including Jeffrey Wood (Sonata for violin and piano, 2013), Clifton Callender (Metamorphoses II, 2009, on Pendulum, Navona Records, Parma Recordings), and Ju-Hwan Yu (Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano, 2004, Kum-Seong Records). Crane can be heard on GCO's second commercial recording, Chamber Symphonies, which was released by Summit Records in May 2012. She continues to perform on numerous film and video game soundtracks as a studio musician in Nashville.

Crane is an active adjudicator, clinician, and coach for summer festivals, honor orchestras, and conferences across the country. She is also an active member of the American String Teachers Association, serving in leadership roles at the state and national levels. 

Crane earned degrees in violin performance from Florida State University (Doctor of Music and Master of Music) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Bachelor of Music). She completed violin studies with Eliot Chapo, Gary Kosloski, Karen Clarke, and Richard Luby. Additional teachers include Kenneth Goldsmith, Kevin Lawrence, and Mary Jane Kirkendol as well as viola pedagogy with Pamela Ryan and Dana Meyer.

In her free time Crane enjoys cooking, baking, completing the New York Times crossword, hiking, rollerskating, and repairing things around the house. She is an avid pop culture enthusiast, with a particular interest in television. She and her husband Barrett have two amazing children, Kathryn and Ethan, and a black cat named Laser.