Crane School of Music Alumna Janet Brown, Soprano, Returns for Recital at Alma Mater


Soprano Janet Brown will perform in concert alongside pianist Fred Karpoff at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music on Feb. 11.

SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music will present a concert featuring soprano Janet Brown and pianist Fred Karpoff on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

A Crane School of Music alumna, Brown will return to her alma mater for the recital, which will include works by George Frederick Handel, Richard Strauss, Stephan Prock, Judith Weir, John Musto and Ben Moore.

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

About the performers:

Soprano Janet Brown has been praised by critics for her warm, clear voice and direct expression. Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe has called her "one of our most treasurable artists." Brown is equally at home on the concert and operatic stages. She has performed roles with the Syracuse Opera Company, the American Repertory Theatre, the Boston Early Music Festival and the Pepsico Summerfare music festival. On the concert stage, she has performed major oratorio roles with the Syracuse Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, the Cantata Singers of Boston, the Spectrum Singers of Boston, the New England Bach Festival, the Northwest Bach Festival, the Handel and Haydn Society, Emmanuel Music of Boston, the Tallahassee Symphony, and the Wichita Symphony, among others. Brown is also a frequent recitalist with the Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival and has appeared in concert with the Syracuse-based Society for New Music and Boston's Collage New Music. She has premiered works by composers Gunther Schuller, Andrew Imbrie, Philip Glass, Nicolas Scherzinger, Edward Cohen, Howard Boatwright and Ernst Bacon. In addition to her critically acclaimed album of selections from the Spanisches Liederbuch of Hugo Wolf, she can be heard on a recording entitled "Fond Affection: Music of Ernst Bacon," available through the Ernst Bacon Society. Brown received her Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, and her Master of Music degree from Syracuse University. She is a professor of practice in voice at the Setnor School of Music, Syracuse University.

Fred Karpoff is the winner of the 2011 Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award from the Music Teachers National Association. He is the artistic producer of the video series and book, "The 3-D Piano Method," a whole-body approach to piano playing and teaching, currently in use in 30 countries worldwide. He presents workshops and masterclasses throughout North America, including as guest artist at many state MTA conferences, and as presenter at MTNA and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. A prizewinner in several international piano competitions, Karpoff has performed as both a soloist and collaborative pianist on four continents. In 2013, he lived in Strasbourg, France, where he led Syracuse University's music program in conjunction with the Conservatoire de Strasbourg. He has served on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Maryland at Baltimore County and as visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music. Currently, he is professor of piano at Syracuse University. Fred Karpoff is a Steinway Artist and former Artistic Ambassador for the U.S. Information Agency.

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.