Dr. Sarah K. Crocker
General Music Education, Musicology, Harp
A native of Franklin, Tennessee, Sarah K. Crocker is a professional harpist and musicologist lecturing and performing solo, chamber, and orchestral music throughout the Southeast and beyond. Crocker joined the MTSU School of Music as Adjunct Professor of Music in 2014, teaching courses in harp and musicology. Additionally, Crocker serves on the faculty of the Honors College and is the President of the Nashville chapter of the American Harp Society. Prior to her position at MTSU, Crocker was an Instructor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology courses and the Instructor of Secondary Harp at the University of Alabama. She is a founding member of the Delta Duo (flute and harp) and the Druid City Ensemble (soprano, flute, viola, and harp) chamber groups and maintains a harp and piano studio for private students.
Crocker made her debut as a concerto soloist performing Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profrane with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, where she has been principal harp since 2006. She is also harpist for the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky, and Nashville Wind Ensemble, and performs regularly with many ensembles at MTSU. Crocker’s professional orchestral experience also includes principal harp with the Meridian Symphony Orchestra (2005-2013) and harpist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and many other orchestras throughout the Southeast.
Research interests include music’s intersection with French and German culture, politics, and gender identities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the post-WWI and WII avant-garde movements in Europe and America, and French harpists Alphonse Hasselmans and Henriette Renié. Crocker has presented the lectures “Pierre Jamet and the Twentieth-Century Harp Quintet” and “The Hasselmans Family: A Musical Legacy” at the 2014 American Harp Society National Conference (New Orleans, June 22-26) and the University of Alabama (2012). Her D.M.A. Document, "The Descriptive Miniatures of Alphonse Hasselmans and Henriette Renié: An Examination of the Pedagogical and Artistic Significance of Salon Pieces for Harp," was nominated for the 2013 Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award.
Crocker holds a B.M. summa cum laude, M.M., and D.M.A. in Harp Performance with Musicology cognate from the University of Alabama, where she studied with Judith Sullivan-Hicks. She completed summer studies with Mary Brigid Roman at Florida State University and Katie Buckley at the Brevard Music Festival.