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Roberta Crawford


Roberta Crawford, violist, performs extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician. As associate director and a founding member of the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, Crawford has participated in over 100 solo, chamber and lecture-recitals presented by the ensemble since its formation in 1990. She is violist with the Mobius Ensemble, a resident piano quartet at Binghamton University which performs frequently on campus and throughout the region. She has performed with the Catskill Chamber Players, appeared often on the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra's Sunday Chamber Music Series and was a guest performer with the Ariadne String Quartet. Crawford has played with the Portland and Syracuse symphonies and has served as principal violist for the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. Recent activities include performing in the world premiere of Fault Lines for piano quartet, written by award-winning composer James Matheson and presented at Cornell University's Mayfest this past spring. An advocate of new music, Crawford has premiered numerous works featuring viola and has been the dedicatee of several works written specifically for her. She has participated in music festivals throughout the United States and in the Caribbean and has appeared in live performance broadcasts for public radio and television. A dedicated teacher, she has served as clinician, coach and adjudicator for numerous music organizations and as director of ViolaFest at Binghamton. Crawford served for five years as a faculty/artist for the NSOA ASTA String Institute at Ithaca College. She has been a guest faculty member at Phillips Academy, the Quartet Program, Ithaca College, and the Eastman School of Music and is currently coordinator of strings at Binghamton University.

Research Interests

  • Viola