Lindsey Crabb is an active chamber and orchestral musician in Madison and is a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Willy Street Chamber Players. She has also collaborated with other Madison area groups such as Clocks in Motion, the Pro Arte Quartet, Theater LILA, and the American Players Theater. She devotes much of her time to teaching, serving as a chamber music coach for WYSO, maintaining a private cello studio with students of all ages and levels, and teaching with Music con Brio, an after-school non-profit strings program designed to reach students who may not normally have access to music lessons. Eager to travel and work with musicians from around the world, Lindsey has spent time studying with Heidi Litschauer at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, participated in summer masterclasses in Austria and Italy, and taught at a summer music camp in Haiti. She holds degrees from Lawrence University (BM) and the Eastman School of Music (MM) where she studied with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliot and completed the Orchestral Studies Program with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She recently received her doctorate from UW-Madison where she studied with Uri Vardi and was a member of the Hunt Quartet.
What is your favorite piece of chamber music?
Impossible to choose, but I would probably have to go with Beethoven's Op. 132.
When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
Music was always in our house growing up, and so I always knew I wanted to do something with music. I grew up in a small town with no school strings program or youth orchestra, so it wasn't until the university orchestra in our town let me sit in the back of the cello section for a concert featuring Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony that I really fell in love with the cello and performing as a part of an ensemble.
What’s your favorite Madison restaurant and what do you like to eat there?
Again, it's impossible to choose! I always love Mickey's though, especially in warmer weather when the patio is open. You can't go wrong with a Mickey Burger, and you might as well get some sexy fries on the side as long as you're there!
What’s playing on your ipod right now?
Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck!
What would have been your career if not music?
I've always thought it would be cool to own a bookstore, maybe with a cafe. Or I've recently thought it would be fun to have a Bed and Breakfast on some land with a big garden, chickens, honeybees and maybe a concert series of some sort.
Where can we find you when you're not at WSCP rehearsals?
I just finished my degree at UW this winter, so these days when I'm not teaching or in a rehearsal, I've really been enjoying just hanging out at home, baking, reading, checking up on our chickens, or working on various other home/yard projects.
What’s your favorite part about WSCP?
All of it! There's nothing I love more than playing great chamber music with wonderful people, and we couldn't ask for a more supportive audience. I think it is really remarkable the way people have responded and a testament to the amazing community we have here in Madison.