Board of Directors

To view a brief bio about each board member, please click each person's name.

 

President - Emily Hanna Crane

Secretary - Beth Voltz

Treasurer - Sara Johnson

President-Elect - Susan Mullen

Immediate Past President - Wesley Baldwin

  • Past Presidents

    • Wesley Baldwin, Knoxville, 2012-2015
    • Dan Allcott, Cookeville, 2010-2012
    • Francis Elliott, Cookeville, 2008-2010
    • Gary Wilkes, Chattanooga, 2006-2008
    • Jenifer Van Tol, Oak Ridge, 2004 - 2006
    • Bill Robinson, Maryville, 2002 - 2004
    • Elisabeth Small, Nashville, 2000 - 2002
    • John Chiego, Memphis, 1998 - 2000
    • Lenny Schranze, Memphis, 1996 - 1998
    • Sara Newman Johnson, Nashville, 1994 - 1996

    We are now maintaining an online archive of past presidents of Tennessee ASTA. If you can help complete the archive, please send additions to the webmaster.

  • Regional Representives

    West: Pam Wilensky

    Middle: Milica Nelson

    East: Geoffrey Herd

We are an organization committed to advocacy for education in the performance of violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, and harp.

President

Emily Hanna Crane

Emily Hanna CraneDr. Emily Hanna Crane joined Austin Peay State University in 2008 as the Coordinator of Orchestral Strings and Assistant Professor of Music. She teaches violin, viola, chamber music, music appreciation, chamber music literature, and string methods. Dr. Crane also teaches Suzuki and traditional violin through the Community School of the Arts, where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. She is the Director of the APSU Honor Orchestra Festival and has been an active adjudicator, clinician, and sectional coach for summer festivals and honor orchestras. Prior to APSU, Dr. Crane taught at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg and held a large private violin studio in Tallahassee, Fla. She has also been an active free-lance musician in the Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Dr. Crane earned the Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Florida State University where she studied violin with Eliot Chapo, Gary Kosloski, and Karen Clarke. She earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied with Richard Luby. Dr. Crane has also studied with Kenneth Goldsmith, Kevin Lawrence, Ernest Pereira, and Mary Jane Kirkendol. She has also studied viola pedagogy with Pamela Ryan and Dana Meyer. An avid performer, Dr. Crane has given concerts across North America, Taiwan, and Europe. She is a member of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, and as concertmaster, has played the solo violin part on a variety of works ranging from Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 6 ("Le Matin") to J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 to Arnold Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony, Op. 9. In November 2011 Dr. Crane was featured as the violin soloist in Michael Daugherty's violin concerto Ladder to the Moon. Dr. Crane is a founding member of the Hanna-Yang Duo, with pianist Hui-Ting Yang, dedicated to premiering new works. The Duo premiered Metamorphoses II by Clifton Callender (commissioned by the Florida State Music Teachers Association and the Hanna-Yang Duo) at the 2009 FSMTA conference in Tallahassee. The Duo has performed Metamorphoses II at the 2011 Southern Chapter College Music Society Conference, the 2011 Florida State University New Music Festival, and the 2010 College Music Society National Conference. A recording of the piece will be released in late 2012 or early 2013. In 2005, the Duo premiered and recorded Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano (2004) by Ju-hwan Yu, which appears on a recording featuring contemporary Korean composers (Kum-Seong records) released in 2008. Dr. Crane has been a member of Tango Sur (traditional Argentinean music, Tallahassee) and Quartet alla Turca (first prize at the 2002 NUMUS competition; 2001-02 Eppes Graduate Quartet, FSU). She has also performed as a chamber musician on Live in Studio C (WPLN Nashville Public Radio) and performed with the Nexus Chamber Orchestra (Brentwood, Tenn.). Dr. Crane has served as concertmaster and associate concertmaster of the Valley (South Texas) and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestras and played in the violin sections of several orchestras including the Jacksonville (Fla.) and Columbus (Ga.) Symphony Orchestras. In addition to serving as one of the faculty advisers for Sigma Alpha Iota, Dr. Crane is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, American String Teacher Association, College Music Society (Board Member for Performance in the Southern College Music Society 2012-2014), National Association for Music Education, and Tennessee Music Educators Association.

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Treasurer

Sara Johnson

Sara JohnsonSara Johnson has been teaching Orchestra in the Metro Nashville Public Schools at the Middle School and High School levels since 1985. She also has taught Strings Methods at Belmont University (1997-2010) and continues to teach Suzuki Violin at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music. Currently serving as Treasurer for the Tennessee Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, Mrs. Johnson is also a Past-President. She continues to be active in the Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, and is a charter member of the Trevecca Symphony Orchestra and of the Centennial String Quartet in which she plays viola. Mrs. Johnson graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, earned her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Iowa, and attained her Plus-30 from MTSU and Cumberland University. She has been listed in five editions of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers", and has been a Clinician for the Quad State Orchestra Festival, the All-West Junior High Orchestra, Metro Summer Orchestra Camp, and the UNC Asheville Summer Music Camp.

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President-Elect

Susan Mullen

Susan Mullen Susan Mullen is the Director of Strings at The Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN. She is an active violinist, violist, conductor and clinician for honor orchestras and summer festivals. She serves on the conducting staff at the Festivo de la Musica del Pacifico in Cobano, Costa Rica as well as the Tennessee Valley Music Festival in Huntsville, Alabama. Ms. Mullen is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra and an active free-lance musician throughout the region. She was the co-founder, Music Director, and Conductor of the Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra for 11 years. She earned her Master of Music Performance from the University of Wyoming, continuing her studies in Neuchatel, Switzerland as a Rotary International Scholar

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President

Wesley Baldwin

Wesley BaldwinFormerly on the music faculties of Florida International University and the Sewanee Summer Music Camp, Solo Competition Chair Wesley Baldwin currently serves as associate professor of cello at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with the Diaz Trio, the Miami String Quartet, Michael Tilson Thomas, and has appeared at the Aspen, Cazenovia, Ojai, Sandpoint, Mainly Mozart, May in Miami, Skaneateles, and Subtropics Music Festivals. Internationally he has performed in chamber concerts in Italy, France, Monte Carlo, Spain, Austria, Brazil, Argentina, the United Kingdom, and Costa Rica. As a member and principal cellist of the New World Symphony, Baldwin performed with many of the world's great conductors, and toured Japan, Scotland, England, Argentina, and Brazil. An enthusiast for education and cello playing, he has conducted workshops and master classes throughout the U.S. He is the founder and director of the Tennessee Cello Workshop, an annual three-day seminar for young cellists. In the summer he performs and teaches at the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts, the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival, and at the Wintergreen Festival, where he serves as associate principal cello. He is featured as cellist on several CD labels and has won numerous awards for both teaching and performance.

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Immediate Past President

Wesley Baldwin

Wesley BaldwinFormerly on the music faculties of Florida International University and the Sewanee Summer Music Camp, Solo Competition Chair Wesley Baldwin currently serves as associate professor of cello at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with the Diaz Trio, the Miami String Quartet, Michael Tilson Thomas, and has appeared at the Aspen, Cazenovia, Ojai, Sandpoint, Mainly Mozart, May in Miami, Skaneateles, and Subtropics Music Festivals. Internationally he has performed in chamber concerts in Italy, France, Monte Carlo, Spain, Austria, Brazil, Argentina, the United Kingdom, and Costa Rica. As a member and principal cellist of the New World Symphony, Baldwin performed with many of the world's great conductors, and toured Japan, Scotland, England, Argentina, and Brazil. An enthusiast for education and cello playing, he has conducted workshops and master classes throughout the U.S. He is the founder and director of the Tennessee Cello Workshop, an annual three-day seminar for young cellists. In the summer he performs and teaches at the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts, the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival, and at the Wintergreen Festival, where he serves as associate principal cello. He is featured as cellist on several CD labels and has won numerous awards for both teaching and performance.

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