Crane School of Music Alumnus Returns for Residency, Concert

03.22.12

Christopher-Still
Crane alumnus Christopher Still ’93 will perform on trumpet with the Orchestra of Northern New York in honor of the 125th anniversary of Crane on April 14.

Los Angeles Philharmonic member Christopher Still ’93 will return to his alma mater from April 11 to April 14, as a musician-in-residence in honor of the 125th anniversary of SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

Still will perform on the trumpet in concert with the Orchestra of Northern New York to culminate his visit. Throughout the residency, he will work directly with Crane School of Music students through masterclasses and small group performances in informal settings.

As part of the Outstanding Alumni Performance Series, Still will perform Aaron Copland’s “Quiet City,” which is written for solo trumpet, string orchestra and English horn, alongside the Orchestra of Northern New York. Copland wrote “Quiet City” in 1940 after being inspired by Irwin Shaw’s play of the same name.

The concert will be offered at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 in Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall. The ONNY performance will also include works by Haydn, Bartók and Dvořák.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens and $10 for students. For more information, visit www.onny.org. Ticketing services are provided by the Community Performance Series Box Office, which can be reached at (315) 267-2277 or found online at www.cpspotsdam.org.

For more information about the Still residency, contact Crane trumpet Professor Dr. John Ellis at (315) 267-2439 or ellisjr@potsdam.edu.

About the performer:

Christopher Still joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2007. Before coming to California, he was principal trumpet of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Still has also held the positions of associate principal trumpet for the Dallas Symphony and principal trumpet for the Charleston Symphony, and has served as assistant principal trumpet for the Grant Park Festival Orchestra in Chicago. He has performed with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Portland Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia in La Coruna, Spain. Still has appeared as a soloist with the Colorado and the Littleton symphonies. He can be heard on recordings with the Los Angeles, Grant Park and Dallas orchestras, among others. Growing up in a musical household, Still originally intended to become a band director and earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music in 1993, after studying with Dr. John Ellis. Switching to performance, he received his master’s degree in music performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston. Still's teachers have included Charles Schlueter of the Boston Symphony, James Pandolfi of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Vincent Penzarella of the New York Philharmonic. He was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 1995 and 1996. Still has also performed regularly on both the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Chamber Music series and the Green Umbrella series. A member of the faculty at California State University at Long Beach, he is a dedicated educator and an active clinician.

To find out more about the many events planned to mark 125 years of a tradition of innovation at Crane, visit www.potsdam.edu/academics/Crane/125years.

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, and is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011-12.