Dr. Sarah K. Crocker
Areas of Expertise
Musicology & Ethnomusicology
General Music Education
Franklin, TN native Dr. Sarah K. Crocker is a professional harpist and musicologist lecturing and performing solo, chamber, and orchestral music throughout the United States and beyond. Dr. Crocker is Adjunct Professor of Harp and Music at Middle Tennessee State University, where she serves on the faculty of the MTSU Honors College, and Adjunct Professor of Harp at Lipscomb University. Cro...Read More »
Franklin, TN native Dr. Sarah K. Crocker is a professional harpist and musicologist lecturing and performing solo, chamber, and orchestral music throughout the United States and beyond. Dr. Crocker is Adjunct Professor of Harp and Music at Middle Tennessee State University, where she serves on the faculty of the MTSU Honors College, and Adjunct Professor of Harp at Lipscomb University. Crocker joined the faculty of the Kentucky Institute of International Studies (KIIS) in 2016 to teach ethnomusicology courses on music and dance in Latin America in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Additionally, Dr. Crocker is the founder and co-owner of Hillnote Music and Director of the Hillnote Harp & Piano Academy, a company providing noteworthy music services to Middle Tennessee, including private harp and piano lessons and customized music for events. Sarah serves as the President of the Nashville Chapter of the American Harp Society (2014-present). Prior to her position at MTSU, Dr. Crocker was an Instructor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology courses and the Instructor of Secondary Harp at the University of Alabama.
Dr. Crocker made her debut as a soloist performing Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profrane with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, where she has been principal harp since 2006. Crocker also currently serves as principal harp of the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra (TN) and the Shoals Symphony Orchestra (AL), and was the principal harp of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra (MS) from 2005-2013. She also regularly performs as substitute principal harp with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra (AL), Orchestra Kentucky, and the Nashville Wind Ensemble, and has performed as principal harp with many other orchestras across the Southeast, including the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra (GA), and Montgomery Symphony Orchestra (AL). Having a passion for chamber music, Sarah is a founding member of the Delta Duo (flute and harp) and the Druid City Ensemble (soprano, flute, and harp) chamber groups, who have performed and led master classes at universities and festivals across the United States, most notably at the 2016 National Flute Festival in San Diego and the Second Saturday Concert Series in Chicago.
Primary research interests include French harpists Alphonse Hasselmans and Henriette Renié, music's intersection with French culture, politics, and gender identities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the post-WWI and -WII avant-garde movements in Europe and America. Crocker has presented lectures at conferences across the Southeast, including "The Legacy of Harpist and Composer Henriette Renié (1875-1956)" (Music by Women Festival, Columbus, MS, 2017), "Tracing the Legacy of the French Harp School: Hasselmans and His Successors" (American Harp Society National Conference, Atlanta, 2016), "Pierre Jamet and the Twentieth-Century Harp Quinet" (American Harp Society National Conference, New Orleans, 2014), and "The Hasselmans Family: A Musical Legacy" (University of Alabama, 2012). Her doctoral 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.
Dr. Crocker holds a B.M., 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 harp studies with Judy Loman (Toronto), Katie Buckley (Brevard Music Festival), and Mary Brigid Roman (FSU). She has performed in master classes for famed jazz harpist Deborah Henson-Conant and Maxim Rubstov, principal flute of the Russian National Orchestra.