Thomas F. Crawford, Adjunct Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone at East Tennessee State University, holds degrees in clarinet performance from University of Tennessee-Knoxville (BM) and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM). He currently serves as the Principal Clarinetist of the Johnson City Symphony and is the former principal Clarinetist of the Symphony of the Mountains (1982 - 2013). Mr. Crawford was a semi-finalist in the 1984 ClarinetWork International Clarinet Competition in New York City.
Several of his students have won finalist positions in national competitions and there have been several first place winners among them. Under his direction, the ETSU based Watauga Saxophone Quartet won the prestigious Coleman National Chamber Ensemble Competition Wind Division (Russell Award) in Pasadena, California in 1989. At that time Mr. Crawford was awarded the Distinguished Chamber Ensemble Coach Award by the Coleman judging panel. Additionally, Mr. Crawford is the Adjunct Professor of Woodwinds at Milligan College and maintains an large private teaching studio in Kingsport, Tennessee.