Elizabeth Crecca

Elizabeth Crecca

Assistant Professor-in-Residence Music History/Piano

    Constance Hall 224
    (309) 677-2599



Dr. Elizabeth Crecca’s work explores the intersections of scholarship, performance, and teaching. At Bradley, she teaches Music History, Applied Piano, and Aural Skills.

Dr. Crecca’s research has focused on performance practice and its practical applications. In recent years she has explored performance trends of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which she integrates into her playing and teaching. Her lecture recital, “Performance Practice in the Piano Music of Béla Bartók: Exploring Compositional Source Material and Historical Recordings,” examines performing tendencies in rural Hungarian folksong and Bartók’s own playing, as well as implications for modern interpretation, and was nominated for the Eastman School of Music Lecture Recital Prize. She has been invited to present her research at the University of Oklahoma, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the World Piano Conference, and the MTNA National Conference.

Dr. Crecca performs as soloist and collaborator, and has been praised for her “distinctive voice” at the piano (The Chautauquan Daily). She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Music Theory from the University of Michigan. Her past piano teachers include Natalya Antonova, Yoshikazu Nagai, and Logan Skelton. Dr. Crecca studied harpsichord and fortepiano with Corey Jamason and Lisa Crawford, and has performed in period instrument ensembles including the American Bach Soloists and the San Francisco Conservatory Baroque Ensemble. Her studies on early keyboard instruments allow her to bring historical concepts to her piano teaching.

Prior to teaching at Bradley, Dr. Crecca held an assistantship in Applied Piano at the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music, where she launched a masterclass series with her colleagues and was nominated for the Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Her students have won the University of Rochester Concerto Competition and performed in the UR Performing Arts Conference, Applied Piano Masterclass Series, and with the Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared as a masterclass clinician at the University of Rochester, University of Oklahoma, and Hillsdale College.