Tenor Lonel Woods Leads Community Sing-A-Long at Crane School of Music


SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music will present a concert featuring Dr. Lonel Woods, tenor, on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater. The performance will include works by Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell.

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

This concert will feature Woods leading a community sing-a-long, to help commemorate Black History Month and celebrate the "oral tradition" of the African-American culture. The sing-a-long will feature the music, as composed and/or arranged by Barnwell, of the internationally acclaimed African-American a cappella vocal ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock.

About the performer:

Lonel Woods (tenor) is an active performer of opera, oratorio and musical theatre. He has performed with the Michigan Opera Theater, the Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Toledo Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Chamber Opera Chicago and Houston Grand Opera. His recent performances include: Obadiah/Ahab/Tenor soloist in Mendelssohn's "Elijah" with the Oakland Choral Society; the Third Jew in "Salomé" with Toledo Opera; Giuseppe in "La Traviata" with Michigan Opera Theatre; in concert with Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Rinuccio in "Gianni Schicchi" with the Blue Lake Opera Company; Alfredo in "La Traviata" with Bay View Music Festival; Mingo in "Porgy and Bess," the Messenger in Verdi's "Aïda" and Parpignol in Puccini's "La Bohème," all with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Lord Cecil in Donizetti's "Roberto Deveraux" and Federico in Verdi's "Stiffelio," both with Washington Concert Opera. Woods has also performed the roles of Atilano in "Dona Frañcisquita" and the Second Duelsman in "Dangerous Liaisons" with the Washington National Opera. He also performed, on Broadway and national tour, in Hal Prince's Tony Award-winning revival of "Showboat." Woods has served on the faculty of Spring Arbor University, Georgetown Day School and Aurora Public Schools. He graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor's degree in music education, went on to earn a Master of Music degree from the Catholic University of America with an emphasis in vocal pedagogy, and received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. Woods has professional affiliations with the American Guild of Musical Artists, the National Association of Teachers of Singing and New York State School Music Association.

For more information about SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, please visit www.potsdam.edu/crane.


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.