Department of Music - Personnel
Anna L Cromwell
Instrumental Division Director Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola
Office: 2516 - Doudna Fine Arts Center
As an avid teacher and lecturer, Dr. Cromwell has presented at both Music Teachers National Association and College Music Society Super-Regional Conferences. She will present two lectures at the 2011 American String Teachers Association National Conference: a presentation on upper string left hand technique, and a lecture recital about string duo repertoire for students. Her presentation “All Together Now! Left Hand Technique for Strings” will be part of the Illinois Music Educators Association 2011 state conference. In addition, Dr. Cromwell co-authored the article “Strings: Ideal Secondary Instruments for College Pianists,” which appeared in the April/May 2010 edition of the American Music Teacher.
Dr. Cromwell earned both her M.M. and D.M.A. under Sally O'Reilly at the University of Minnesota where she was a Dahl Fellowship recipient. She taught two summers at Meadowmount School of Music as Christian Teal's teaching assistant and served six years as a teaching assistant to Sally O'Reilly's private studio. In high school the Oklahoma native soloed with the Tulsa Philharmonic and graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She continued her studies at Rice University under Kathleen Winkler, and graduated summa cum laude from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University where she won the Concerto Competition and received the Jean Keller Heard Prize. She has studied string pedagogy with Sally O'Reilly and completed Suzuki pedagogy training with Mark Bjork. Her former teachers include Elaine Richey, Kathleen Winkler, Christian Teal, and Sally O’Reilly.
Dr. Cromwell’s passion is teaching, and her students are her first priority. As a string teacher she is dedicated to helping each of her students play musically, beautifully, and with confidence. She values her students as people first, and sets high standards within a supportive environment.