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 currently directs the Latin American Ensemble at Indiana University, which explores the intersection of European music with the colonization of the New World.
Sarah recently recorded for NAXOS with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, was co-director for a production of La Púrpura de la Rosa with Nell Snaidas through the Bloomington Early Music Festival, and performed and recorded the premiere of Kurt Vonnegut’s Requiem with Voces Novae, set for an upcoming CD release.
Recent and upcoming collaborations include a Clara Schumann recital with renowned keyboardist Byron Schenkman, guest recital with Music@First in St. Louis, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Sphere Ensemble, a Midwest tour of the St. Matthew Passion with the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra and Valparaiso University, the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Bourbon Baroque, Chatham Baroque, Alchymy Viols, Indiana University New Music Ensemble, guest concertmaster of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Burning River Baroque, ¡Canta, Bogotá, Canta!, music director with the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project, guest leader of the Kansas City Baroque Consortium, the Michigan Bach Collective, the Princeton Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Junges Stuttgarter Bach Ensemble, the Weimarer Bachkantaten-Akademie, and Sun Sneeze New Music.
Sarah is finishing a Doctor of Music degree at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University in Historical Performance with Stanley Ritchie, with emphases in modern violin with Grigory Kalinovsky and music education with Mimi Zweig. She looks forward to joining the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale and the Permian Basin String Quartet this coming season. 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.