Community Performance Series will Present 11th Annual Ranlett Organ Recital


Scott Detra is the prize-winning organist and associate director of music at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Community Performance Series will host a performance by Scott Dettra, the prize-winning organist and associate director of music at the Washington National Cathedral, in the 11th Annual L. Felix and Helen Miller Ranlett Organ Recital on Sunday, Oct. 3. The CPS special event performance will begin at 3 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall on the SUNY Potsdam campus.

Scott Dettra is responsible for playing the organ at more than 350 services per year at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He is also assistant conductor and keyboard artist for both the Cathedral Choral Society and the Washington Bach Consort. An award-winning musician, he has performed at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians, and has appeared at many notable venues throughout the world. Dettra appeared at the 2004 Lincoln Center Festival as organist for the North American premiere of John Tavener’s seven-hour work “The Veil of the Temple.” In addition to many recording credits, his performances have been broadcast numerous times by National Public Radio, Public Radio International and the British Broadcasting Corporation.

A pre-concert lecture by Nelly Maude Case will take place at 2 p.m. on Oct. 3, also in Hosmer Hall, to discuss the pieces Dettra will perform in his recital. CPS will also host an “organ encounter” with Dettra on Saturday, October 2 at 3 p.m. in Hosmer Hall. Dettra will provide an introductory demonstration of the pipe organ and field audience questions as part of this free workshop. The public is invited to attend.

The Ranlett Organ Recital Series annually brings a world-renowned organist to perform on the Wicks Organ, which was completed in 1977, in Hosmer Hall. The Ranlett Organ Recital Series is sponsored through gifts from SUNY Potsdam Emeriti Professors Dr. John and Dr. Judith Ranlett. The series is dedicated to L. Felix Ranlett (1896-1989) and Helen Miller Ranlett (1900-1998).

“The generous support of the Ranlett Organ Recital funding makes it possible for the Crane School of Music to feature the Hosmer organ to its full potential as a solo instrument,” said Dr. Michael Sitton, dean of The Crane School of Music. “Having the resources to bring organists of international stature like Scott Dettra provides students with a unique opportunity to hear the repertoire of this important tradition performed at the highest level of musicianship and virtuosity, and gives to concertgoers in our community an opportunity unavailable elsewhere in the region.”

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the CPS Box Office, located in the lobby of Snell Theater on the SUNY Potsdam campus, or Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and free to SUNY Potsdam students, faculty, staff and emeriti and to K-12 students with ID. Tickets are available by calling the CPS Box Office at (315) 267-2277 or by purchasing online at

Established in 1989, CPS at SUNY Potsdam is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. A rich mixture of programs links community, classroom and audiences of all ages, while preserving access to the performing arts for future generations.

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Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures, and concerts presented by faculty, students, and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-Steinway institution.