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Mr. Todd Cranson

Mr. Todd Cranson, low brass 


BM in Tuba Performance, Louisiana State University
BME in Music Education, Louisiana State University
MM in Instrumental Conducting, University of Arkansas
Postgraduate Diploma in Tuba Performance, Royal Northern College of Music
DMA Canidate in Tuba Performance, University of Illinois

Todd Cranson is Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Bass Trombone at Henderson State University and General Director of the Hot Springs Music Festival. Cranson was formerly on the faculty at the University of Illinois Springfield where he directed the UIS Band and Chamber Orchestra, and he is the former Artistic Director of the Vintage Brass Band of Springfield, Illinois.

Each summer, in additon to his administrative duties with the Hot Springs Music Festival, Cranson teaches and performs as the Music Festival's Tuba Mentor. He also performs historic American band music with the Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band of Silverton, Colorado and the New England-based Yankee Brass Band.

Cranson is currently a DMA candidate at the University of Illinois studying tuba with Mark Moore. Current research, performance, and recording projects focus on 19th Century American band and dance orchestra music. Cranson received his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Louisiana State University where he studied tuba with Larry Campbell. He received his Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Arkansas and was a tuba student of Kabin Thomas. Before receiving a Post Graduate Diploma with distinction in performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England where he studied with Roger Bobo, James Gourlay, and Mel Culbertson, Cranson was Director of Bands at Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, Louisiana. Cranson is married to tuba player and professional brewer/distiller Rose Schweikhart Cranson.



 “The undergraduate education in music that I received from Henderson has changed my life by opening doors for me both educationally and professionally. It prepared me for success by giving me the tools necessary to be a successful music educator. My BME achieved at Henderson afforded me opportunities for success in graduate and post graduate studies as well as professional advancement in addition to allowing my family and me the employment and thus financial security that is so precarious today without such educational opportunities. I am grateful to Henderson State University.”

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Kevin TaylorBachelor of Music - Education (Instrumental), 1982
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