Mr. R. Todd Cranson
Band Director / Chamber Orchestra Director
Office: VPA 49
Phone: (217) 206-7549
Mr. Cranson’s Education:
- D.M.A Tuba student at The University of Illinois
- Pg. Dip. Performance, Royal Northern College of Music
- M.M. Instrumental Conducting, University of Arkansas
- B.M.E. Music Education, Louisiana State University
- B.M. Performance, Louisiana State University
More about Mr. Cranson:
Todd Cranson is Director of the University of Illinois Springfield Concert Band, Athletic Bands, and Chamber Orchestra. He also serves as Artistic Director of the Vintage Brass Band of Springfield, IL, and as Tuba Mentor and Coordinator of Chamber Music at the Hot Springs Music Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas. An established performer and teacher, Todd has a keen interest in American Music and performance of rare, historically significant works.
In addition to his conducting duties, Todd performed on numerous recordings for the Naxos American Classics label as tubaist with the Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra. The latest effort in this series is an album of Jazz-inspired concerti with music by George Gershwin, James Price Johnson, Harry Reser and Dana Suesse. Todd also performs turn-of-the-century brass band music every summer with the Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band of Silverton, Colorado under the direction of Paul Maybery.
Todd is currently a DMA candidate at the University of Illinois where he studies tuba with Mark Moore.