Danielle Craan

Originally from Chicago, Danielle Craan is a graduate of Tufts University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Chinese minor. She has played piano off and on since she was six with three piano teachers in her neighborhood. In high school, she performed with Concert Piano and competed in several Illinois Music Association piano competitions. She started studying organ with Christian her last semester of senior year and learned two pieces: Arabesque Op. 31 by Louis Vierne and Johann Pachelbel’s Toccata in E minor.  She was honored to have played at Old West church in Boston and played on the Newberry organ at Woolsey Hall. She expects to continue with the organ (eventually). Looking to the future, she hopes to work with refugee and immigrant populations and maybe go back to school. For her, playing the organ will always be a treasured memory of her last year at Tufts. 

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Toward the very end of my college career I had the opportunity to go to Yale with Chris and some of his other organ students. Let me just say hearing the history and the sounds of the organs there open my eyes to this whole other world I didn’t know existed and I never want to forget. I’d like to thank Chris for his patience and guidance. He might make an organist out of me yet.
— Danielle Craan