Crane Faculty Recital Features Charles Guy on Tuba & Kirk Severtson on Piano


SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music will present a faculty recital featuring Charles Guy, tuba, and Kirk Severtson, piano, on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

The performance will include "Jabberwocky" by David Gillingham, "Sonate" by Paul Hindemith, and "Drei Fantasiestücke, Op. 73" by Robert Schumann. Following intermission, the recital will conclude with "Remnants" by Tim Sullivan and "Concertino, Op. 77" by Jan Koetsier.

This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

About the performers:

Charles Guy is a professor of tuba and euphonium at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music. He performs with the Potsdam Brass Quintet, the Orchestra of Northern New York and the Northern Symphonic Winds. Prior to his current appointment, Charles held a similar position at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and performed with the Lawrence Brass, the Oshkosh Symphony and the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed recitals at several International Tuba and Euphonium Association conferences and in 1999 he won the prestigious Leonard Falcone Festival artist division solo tuba competition. He has also presented numerous masterclasses and clinics for music educators and tuba-euphonium students at conventions and in schools. His orchestral experience includes performances with the Syracuse Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Michigan Opera Theatre and Midland Symphony orchestras. He has published articles and reviews in the ITEA Journal and has been recorded on the Mark and Bernel labels. In the summers, he taught tuba and euphonium at the Interlochen Arts Camp for more than 10 years. He earned both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Akron.

Kirk Severtson is chair of the Department of Musical Performance at The Crane School of Music, where he serves as musical director of the Crane Opera Ensemble, coaches singers and pianists, and teaches classes in art song repertoire and accompanying. He has been coach/pianist for productions of "Turandot" and "The Aspern Papers" at the Dallas Opera and will return to Dallas in Spring 2014 for a third. He has been a coach on the music staff of Opera Saratoga since 2006, having previously coached at Opera North in New Hampshire, the Opera Theater of Lucca in Italy, the Cincinnati Opera outreach program, the Rising Star Singers festival and Dorian Opera Theater, as well as as a vocal chamber music fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. Recent performances of the Crane Opera Ensemble under his musical direction have garnered first-place awards from the National Opera Association and The American Prize, as well as honors from the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival. A versatile collaborative artist, Severtson appears frequently as pianist and harpsichordist in song and chamber music recitals, and as the principal keyboardist with the Orchestra of Northern New York. A member of the National Opera Association Board of Directors, he works actively with that organization. Severtson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College, with majors in music, math and computer science, and went on to earn both his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati.

This concert will be broadcast live on the SUNY Potsdam website at the performance time. To view the program and see other upcoming streaming performances, visit

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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.