About CraneTrax Music's Owner, William Crane

William Crane of CraneTrax MusicWilliam Crane, the Artistic Director of CraneTrax Inc.began his career as an elementary school teacher in Toronto, Ontario and later continued his teaching career in Peterborough, Ontario. During the early years, he acquired academic degrees from Trent University and the University of Toronto. Concurrently with the academic degrees, Bill pursued studies in both piano and voice and obtained his degree in voice performance. In 1995, he received the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Teaching. In the latter part of his teaching career, he was appointed Arts Consultant for the local Board of Education and he continued in that role until his retirement. Bill has a great deal of experience in amateur theatre both as a performer and as Musical Director, having directed over 40 musicals. Many of the musicals he has directed required extensive re-orchestrating to adapt them to the instrumental resources available at the time. This exposure has resulted in a long history of arranging music for the theatre.

At present, Bill teaches voice from his state of the art studio in Peterborough, Ontario. As well, he is generating accompaniment tracks for individual singers and dancers. Bill creates professional accompaniment tracks for use by theatre companies throughout the country. These tracks provide solid, reliable accompaniment for both rehearsal and performance of musical theatre productions. The orchestrations available use the same instruments that are employed in the current movie industry and can be heard in movies such as “Sherlock Holmes” and “The Dark Knight”. The following are just some of the productions Bill has been involved with over his extensive career.  

YearWorkPerformanceTheatre
1968ChoristerVerdi RequiemNorth York Mass Choir
1971Arranged and DirectedTom SawyerWestmount Public School
1975ChoristerBrahms' RequiemTrinity United Church
1976PerformedKismetLindsay Theatre Guild
1976SoloistThe CreationTrinity United Church
1977PerformedOklahoma!Lindsay Theatre Guild
1977Arranged and DirectedHello Dolly!Peterborough Theatre Guild
1977SoloistMessiahTrinity United Church
1978Incidental MusicEquusArbor Theatre
1978Arranged and DirectedTom SawyerGrove Public School
1978Arranged and DirectedHundred Percent Chance of RainNorth Cavan Public School
1978PerformedLady Audley's SecretArbor Theatre
1979Incidental MusicCinderellaPeterborough Theatre Guild
1979SoloistThe SeasonsTrinity United Church
1980Arranged and DirectedOh! SusannahPeterborough Theatre Guild
1980Arranged and DirectedOntario Summer GamesCity of Peterborough
1981Arranged and DirectedOliver!Peterborough Theatre Guild
1981SoloistSt. PaulTrinity United Church
1982Arranged and DirectedMerch the Invisible WizardPeterborough Theatre Guild
1983Arranged and DirectedCanterbury TalesPeterborough Theatre Guild
1983Arranged and DirectedTom SawyerKing George Public School
1983SoloistTriumph of Time and TruthTrinity United Church
1984Arranged and DirectedMamePeterborough Theatre Guild
1985ChoristerFaure's RequiemTrinity United Church
1986Arranged and PerformedThe King and IPeterborough Theatre Guild
1987Original CompositionSketches of AutumnCraneTrax
1988Created OrchestrationRuddigorePeterborough Theatre Guild
1989Created OrchestrationBarnumLindsay Theatre Guild
YearWorkPerformanceTheatre
1990Created OrchestrationShowboatPeterborough Theatre Guild
1991Created OrchestrationAnne of Green GablesBancroft Theatre Guild
1991SoloistMozart's Mass in C MinorTrinity United Church
1992Arranged and PerformedParson's PredicamentTrinity United Church
1994PerformedAmahl and the Night VisitorsPeterborough Symphony Orchestra
1996PerformedAmahl and the Night VisitorsPeterborough Symphony Orchestra
1999PerformedCinderellaPeterborough Theatre Guild
2002Created OrchestrationThe MikadoPeterborough Theatre Guild
2004Created OrchestrationLa Cage aux FollesPeterborough Theatre Guild
2005PerformedAmahl and the Night VisitorsPeterborough Symphony Orchestra
2005Arranged and DirectedMass Centennial ChoirCity of Peterborough
2006Created OrchestrationJerry's GirlsShowplace Peterborough
2006PerformedImpresarioPeterborough Symphony Orchestra
2006Arranged and PerformedMozart Piano ConcertosCraneTrax Inc.
2007Arranged and DirectedAndrew Lloyd WebberEmerald Sky Productions
2007Arranged and PerformedBoublil & SchoenbergEmerald Sky Productions
2008Arranged and DirectedRogers & HammersteinEmerald Sky Productions
2009Incidental MusicThe Chalk GardenPeterborough Theatre Guild
2011Arranged and DirectedDo You Hear the People Sing*Casa de Angelae
2012Chorister and SoloistFaure RequiemThe Bay Area Choral Society
2012Arranged and DirectedDo You Hear the People Sing, Again**Casa de Angelae
2013Arranged and DirectedDo You Hear the People SingThe Bay Area Choral Society
2015PerformedCats - Andrew Lloyd WebberPeterborough Theatre Guild
2016Arranged and DirectedAin't Misbehavin'***Showplace Peterborough
2017Performed and CoproducedThe Essential LightfootShowplace Peterborough
2017Arranged and ConductedEaster Choral CelebrationTrinity United Church
*   Musical variety on behalf of Casa de Angelae. Raised $12,000 for the charity.
**  Musical variety on behalf of Casa de Angelae. Raised $12,000 for the charity.
*** Raised $21,000 for Showplace Peterborough.