SARAH CRANOR - ACTING CONCERTMASTER & PRINCIPAL SECOND VIOLIN

Violinist Sarah Elizabeth Cranor is passionate about the freedom of sonic possibilities found in both historical and contemporary music. She is acting Concertmaster / Principal Second Violin with the Midland-Odessa Symphony, a member of the Permian Basin String Quartet, and performs with baroque ensembles across the greater Midwest region. Sarah directed two successful years of Tonos del Sur at Indiana University, a campus-wide historically-informed ensemble course which explored the intersection of European music with the colonization of the New World.

Recent collaborative highlights include Tonos del Sur at the [Virtual] Berkeley Early Music Festival 2020, co-direction of a production of La Púrpura de la Rosa with Nell Snaidas, Duo Anthracite performances in Colorado, Indiana and a [virtual] concert in Bogotá, Colombia, performances of Clara Schumann’s music with Byron Schenkman, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Sphere Ensemble, Bourbon Baroque, IU New Music Ensemble, and guest concertmaster of the Bloomington and Lafayette Symphony Orchestras.  Collaborations that were postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic include Charlotte BachAkademie, Zenith Ensemble, Sphere Ensemble, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Burning River Baroque, a recital with Music @ 1st St. Louis, the Princeton Festival, Bourbon Baroque, the Midland-Odessa Chorale, and the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project.

Sarah’s recently released recordings include “The Colorful Telemann” with Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra for NAXOS Music, “Fair and Princely Branches: Music for the Jacobean Princes” with Renaissance violin band The Queen’s Rebels, and the premiere of Kurt Vonnegut’s Requiem with Voces Novae.   

Sarah is completing the final stages of her Doctor of Music degree in Historical Performance, with a minor in modern violin and string pedagogy at the Jacobs School of Music where she studied with Stanley Ritchie, Grigory Kalinovsky, and Mimi Zweig. Sarah works with violin students both locally and across the world, most recently including Colombia and Kenya during the pandemic. When she is not holding a violin, she makes silk instrument bags sold worldwide through Sarah’s Violin Bags LLC, and she enjoys running marathons and hiking with her husband, conductor and violinist Alejandro Gómez Guillén.  They regularly perform as Duo Anthracite, with a mix of repertoire for two treble instruments from Jean-Marie Leclair to Sven-David Sandström.