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Crane Spotlight

The Crane School of Music is filled with an amazing group of faculty and students and an impressive network of alumni. These are their stories...


Dominique Santiago '19

For Dominique Santiago ’19, music has always been a source of comfort. She has faced several personal tragedies as a student at SUNY Potsdam, but through it all, she has persevered and found solace from both faculty and by making her own music.​.. read more.





Jayde Martin '18

Jayde Martin ’18 has always had her sights on becoming a music teacher. When she was trying to choose the right school, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music proved to be the perfect fit for her... read more.




Genevieve Ruhland ’18

Before Genevieve Ruhland ’18 wrapped up her double major in music education and math this year, she directed a 70-minute experimental percussion performance in the Academic Quad—a project that allowed her to explore less mainstream percussion music as part of her Presidential Scholars research... read more.




12 Questions for Melissa Wegner ’03

Originally from Orchard Park, N.Y. and now living and working in New York City as Associate Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Melissa Wegner answers questions about her experiences at SUNY Potsdam and her interest in opera... read more.



Behind the Scenes at The Met - Johnna Bernard ’18

Hustling through the busy streets of Manhattan, Johnna Bernard ’18, makes her way into Lincoln Center Plaza, past the iconic Revson Fountain and through the big arches leading to the Metropolitan Opera for her internship this semester at the world’s most famous opera house... read more.



Paul Mardy '18

Paul Mardy ’18 has been playing the saxophone since he was 10 years old. “When my mom first bought my saxophone, she said, ‘you better be really good at this, because it was really expensive,’” Mardy recalled... read more.




Paying Homage to Dr. Reames and Dr. Eyerly

On Nov. 11, 2017, more than 100 SUNY Potsdam alumni traveled back to campus for a special memorial concert to honor Dr. Rebecca Reames (1953-2017) and Dr. Heather Eyerly (1970-2017)—two beloved Crane School of Music professors who passed away earlier that year... read more.




Professor Julie Hunter

Since she started at SUNY Potsdam five years ago, Assistant Professor Dr. Julie Hunter has been bringing the music and cultural traditions of West Africa to students at The Crane School of Music. Hunter received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Brown University in 2012 and has taken seven trips to Ghana in West Africa to conduct research over the years... read more.


Joshua Barkley '21

You may have heard him playing the accordion for the high school production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” the saxophone in his high school marching band, electric bass in a local country music group, or the organ at church on Sunday. However, Joshua Barkley, an incoming freshman at SUNY Potsdam, is most known as a young jazz pianist who plays the piano on the fly and improvises his music more than sticking strictly to sheet music.... read more.


Pilgrimage to Spain

Eighteen students from Crane’s Concert Choir completed a remarkable journey in the summer of 2017 as they hiked a 200-mile section of the Camino de Santiago in Spain, joining together in song along the route.... read more.




Daniel Metzlufft '15

SUNY Potsdam alumnus Daniel Mertzlufft ’15 has been composing music since he was a child. His music has been performed all over the world, including a special performance at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music where his composition was featured at the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar—a unique honor as the first commissioned composer for the annual seminar in the summer of 2017... read more.



Professor Young-Ah Tak

Dr. Young-Ah Tak, one of the more recent faculty members to join SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, makes every effort to connect with her students on a personal level. She enters Crane with an impressive background in piano performance and previous teaching experience... read more.




Andy Pacer '15

As a student at Crane, Pacer competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella with the Potsdam Pointercounts, but after graduating he got to see things from the other side as the producer for the ICCA central region. As the producer, he was responsible for overseeing five quarterfinals and one semifinal a cappella competition with a total of 46 different groups... read more.