D.M.A., Michigan State University; M.M., Brigham Young University; B.M., Brigham Young University. Dr. Andrew Crane serves as Director of Choral Activities at East Carolina University, where he conducts the Chamber Singers, Men’s Choir, University Chorale, and heads the graduate program in choral conducting. Prior to coming to ECU in 2011, Crane held a similar position at California State University, San Bernardino, where he received the College of Arts and Letters Outstanding Teaching Faculty award. He also is the former choral director at Provo High School (UT).
Choirs under his direction have appeared by invitation at multiple conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and National Association for Music Education; and have performed in major concert venues throughout Europe. He is active as a guest conductor of All-State and honor choirs, as well as clinician, presenter, and adjudicator throughout the country. Additionally, Crane enjoys a career as a professional solo and ensemble tenor, having appeared with such groups as the Los Angeles Bach Festival, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Yale Choral Artists, Vox Humana, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Tennessee Chamber Chorus, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus, North Carolina Master Chorale, and many more.
In 2012, under Crane’s direction, the ECU Chamber Singers were awarded first place in the American Prize competition for choral performance (college/university division). In 2013, he led the ensemble in an invited appearance at the Tolosa (Spain) International Choral Contest, as the only American ensemble selected. There, they were one of three chamber choirs to advance to the Winner’s Concert, and received multiple medals and cash awards. In the same year, he also fulfilled a guest conducting residency at the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland.
Engagements in 2014-2015 include conducting the Tennessee Southeast Choral Festival and numerous honor choirs throughout North Carolina. He will conduct the ECU Chamber Singers in invited appearances at the 2014 NC-ACDA Conference, as well as the 2015 Maribor (Slovenia) International Choral Competition. As a singer, Crane will perform the tenor solos in the Bruckner Te Deum and Schubert Mass in G with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. He will also appear with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale as a headliner ensemble at the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. Crane resides in Eastern North Carolina with his wife and four children.
He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, National Collegiate Choral Organization, and the American Choral Directors Association; and is currently serving as the Repertoire and Standards chair for college/university choirs in ACDA’s North Carolina chapter.