125th Anniversary Events Summary

  • Band Series
    May 2, 2012, 7:30 p.m., Crane Alumnus Rick Regan conducted the Crane Concert Band in Hosmer Hall.
    Prof. Emeritus Rebecca Covell conducted during programs by the Crane Concert Band, May 2, 2012, and Crane Symphonic Band, May 3, 2012.

    This series showcased Crane emeriti and alumni as guest conductors, featured composers and clinicians including Rebecca Covell, John O'Reilly, Timothy Topolewski, Anthony Maiello, Arthur Frackenpohl, Can Welcher, Elliot Del Borgo and others.
  • Spring 2012 Verdi Messa da Requiem Performances
    As part of the 2012 Lougheed-Kofoed Festival of the Arts, The Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra performed Verdi’s monumental Messa da Requiem under the baton of Ann Howard Jones, the 2012 Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor.  The guest soloists were Kelly Kaduce and Charles Temkey, and Crane School of Music alumni Margaret Lattimore ’91 and Dimitri Pittas ’99. The Requiem was performed at SUNY Potsdam’s Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall on April 28, 2012, as part of a week of masterclasses, lectures, and workshops in Potsdam, which were open to the public. It was then be performed in New York City at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, on May 1.  The New York City performance was made possible by the Adeline Maltzan Crane Chorus Performance Tour Fund, funded by Dr. Gary C. Jaquay ’67, with additional support from the bequest of Brock and Janie McElheran.

  • Outstanding Alumni Performance Series - Tuesday evening performances throughout the year
    Mario Gaetano, '77, Percussion
    Linda Nagy Johnston, '88, Violin
    Vanessa Mulvey, '90, Flute
    Robert Pruzin, '69, French Horn
    Jeremy Reger, '04, piano
    Marcel Rominger, '02, piano
    Rob Sanderl, '99, percussion
    Michelle Shoemaker, '95, Clarinet
    Christopher Still, '93, trumpet
    Jessica Thoman, '97, horn
    Christopher Weait, '62, Bassoon
    Megan Weikleenget, '05, soprano
  • Symposium - New Music and the Academy in North America
    April 13, 2012

    This symposium explored the roles played by institutions of higher learning in the production of contemporary music.  More Information

  • Outstanding Alumni Performance Series
    April 14, 2012 - Hosmer Hall, 7:30 p.m.

    Christopher Still ('93), trumpet
    Soloist with Orchestra of Northern New York
  • Composition Series
    March 5 - 6, 2012

    This event included performance of pieces by Roger Ames, BS (music) 1967, David Dies, MM 2001, Paul Riker, BM 2002, Bill Ryan, BM 1990, Rob Smith, BM 1990, Doug Van Nort, BA/MA (mathematics) 2001, Brian Vlasak, BM 2003, MM 2004
  • Outstanding Alumni Performance Series: "Rising Stars" (recent alumni)

    February 21, 2012

     Rob Sanderl ('99), percussion; Jessica Thoman ('97), horn; Marcel Rominger ('02), piano;
     Megan Weikleenget ('05), soprano; Jeremy Reger ('04), piano

  • Outstanding Alumni Performance Series
    January 31, 2012
    Christopher Weait ('62), bassoon, and Robert Pruzin ('69), horn

  • Crane Candlelight Concerts

    December 4, 2011

  • US Army Field Band

    October 30, 2011

    This concert was conducted by Crane alumnus Colonel Tom Palmatier.

  • Music Education Symposium: Celebrating our History, Charting our Future

    October 20 - 22, 2011

    Students, faculty, alumni, and emeriti celebrated the history of music education at Crane and imagined its future during this three-day event. Presentations included the keynote address, "Imagining 150:  Crafting a Vision for the Next 25 years of Music Education at The Crane School of Music" by Dr. Carol Richardson, "Concert Tour of Crane Historical Sites featuring original works by Harriet Crane Bryant" and "Messengers of Music: The Legacy of Julia Crane" by Dr. Caron Collins, "A History of The Crane School of Music Part V: 1986 - 2011" by Dr. Robyn Hosley, and "Music Technology at The Crane School of Music" by Dr. Peter McCoy and Mr. Scott LaVine. Discussion forums were also held.
  • Outstanding Alumni Performance Series

    October 18, 2011

    Mario Gaetano, Percussion, and Ruth Bennett, Harp, performed in recital.

  • Outstanding Alumni Performance Series
    September 27, 2011

    Linda Nagy Johnston, Violin, and Hannah Gruber, Piano, performed in recital.
  • Rhythms of the Game: The Link Between Musical and Athletic Performance
    September 27, 2011

    David Gluck, percussionist and professor at SUNY Purchase, gave a one hour presentation on the book he co-authored with four-time World Series Champion and former New York Yankee Centerfielder Bernie Williams.

  • Crane Clarinet Summit

    September 23 - 24, 2011

    This event featured outstanding Crane clarinet alumni, faculty and students.

  • Faculty performance at Steinway Hall, New York
    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    Members of SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music faculty will performed in the Rotunda at Steinway Hall.  Performers included Paul Wyse, Eugenia Tsarov, and François Germain, piano; David Pittman-Jennings, baritone; Christopher Creviston, saxophone; Julianne Kirk, clarinet; and Carol Lowe, bassoon.
  • Sandy Feldstein Music Business Roundtable
    September 17, 2011

    This roundtable featured outstanding Crane alumni in prominent music business careers.
  • Jerry Schwiebert, a master movement specialist, was in residence at the Crane School of Music September 14-17. He worked with a host of students in the wind, percussion, voice, string and conducting areas, as well as host "open sessions."
  • John O'Reilly conducted the Crane Wind Ensemble on his work "Spirit of Flight" for the Family Weekend Concert, Friday, September 16 in Hosmer Hall. Additionally, the Crane Bands hosted a reading session of John O'Reilly's band works on Saturday, September 17.
  • Outstanding Alumni Performance Series
    September 13, 2011

    Michelle Normandeau Shoemaker, Clarinet, and Vanessa Breault Mulvey, Flute, performed in recital.
  • Faculty Gala and Reception

    September 6, 2011

    This performance event featured Crane faculty.
  • Jerry Blackstone
    August 8-13, 2011

    This conducting symposium was devoted to the discussion and advancement of conducting and rehearsal technique. Participants conducted their peers and were coached by Dr. Blackstone. 
  • Helmuth Rilling
    The Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor*

    April 25-30, 2011

    * The partnership of the Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor Fund, established by Dorothy Albrecht Gregory ’61, and the Adeline Maltzan Crane Chorus Performance Tour Fund, established by Dr. Gary C. Jaquay ’67, brings distinguished conductors to The Crane School of Music for festival performances by the Crane Chorus and Orchestra, and funds travel for major Crane Chorus performances to venues outside of Potsdam.