Aaron Craven - Director
Born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Aaron graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in music education K-12 with an emphasis in string bass performance and a minor in piano performance. While at IUP, Aaron studied double bass with Jeff Mangone, principal bass of the Pittsburgh Ballet/Opera and Civic Light Opera. In the spring of 2005, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee with a master's degree in double bass / electric bass performance. His primary teacher was Harold (Rusty) Holloway, who has been a featured bass player with leading U.S. jazz artists including Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, and Stan Getz. Aaron received numerous scholarships, including the IUP College of Fine Arts Academic Scholarship, the American Federation of Musicians Scholarship, and the Pennsylvania Knights of Columbus Scholarship. For two years, Aaron was the assistant director of the Oak Ridge High School Orchestra program in Tennessee, a program with 170 string players and 17 string quartets. Aaron had full responsibility for the string quartet program, including coaching the groups, selecting music, and selecting groups to play for many civic and public occasions. He also taught fourth grade strings at two district elementary schools. Aaron has performed with the Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, Tennessee, and the Knoxville Opera. Prior to moving to Knoxville, Tennessee, Aaron was assistant principal bass of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Currently Mr. Craven is the Principal (Double Bass) of the Western Piedmont Symphony and continues to play bass with the Brent Davis Trio around the triad.