Principal Artistic Director

Marisa Crabb

Marisa is a native of Binghamton, NY. She holds a B.M. and M.M. from Ithaca College in Viola Performance and Music Education and currently is an adjunct instructor of Viola at SUNY Broome. She is the former director of the Vestal High School Orchestra in the Vestal School District where she taught for 15 years. Along with her career of teaching stringed instruments, which extends to the Cumberland County School District in Fayetteville, NC and Penfield High School in Penfield, NY, she has also taught the choral program in the Niagara Falls Catholic Schools in Niagara Falls, NY, and is a past Board member of the Binghamton Youth Symphony. Mrs. Crabb studied conducting with Drs. Stephen Peterson and Maud Hickey of Ithaca College and Grant Cooper of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. She had the privilege of studying viola at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival and School, working with renowned conductors such as Maestros David Zinman, James Conlon, Robert Spano, and Murray Sidlin. While at Aspen, she also studied viola with Heidi Castleman and Victoria Chiang. Additional studies include Music Education in Biarritz, France at the International Music Education Conference and the Meadowmount School of Music (founded by Ivan Galamian). She has performed in Master classes with Michael Tree of the Guarneri String Quartet and the Ying String Quartet, as well as ensemble violist with pop vocal talents such as Josh Groban and Clay Aiken. Her orchestral performance career includes the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the BC Pops. Prior to 2013, Mrs. Crabb had also performed regularly as Principal Violist of the Binghamton Downtown Singers Orchestra. She has since then led the Binghamton Downtown Singers and Orchestra in highly successful performances of Karl Jenkin’s Requiem and The Peacemakers (a 2016 area premiere), Dvorak’s Requiem, Bruckner’s Te Deum and Handel’s Messiah. Mrs. Crabb's professional affiliations include memberships in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Local #380 American Federation of Musicians. Mrs. Crabb is a private instructor of Viola and Violin. She resides in Binghamton with her child, Alexander, (son of the late Alan Crabb) and her husband John.

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