Crane School of Music Welcomes Guest Artist Barbara Paver, Soprano


SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music will present a concert featuring guest artist Barbara Paver, soprano, onWednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m., in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater. 

Paver will perform alongside Kirk Severtson, piano. The performance will begin with works by Francesca Caccini and Giacomo Carissimi. Paver will also present "Six Mélodies du 'Livre pour Toi,'" by Gustave Ferrari, followed by four lieder by Richard Strauss. The recital will conclude with Lee Hoiby's "Three Ages of Woman," which sets three poems by Elizabeth Bishop to music.

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

In addition to the recital, she will present a masterclass, "Auditioning for Graduate School," for selected Crane voice students, on Monday, March 10, from 4 to 6 p.m., also in Snell Theater.

About the performer:

Soprano Barbara Paver is an associate professor of voice at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, having taught previously at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music. Paver enjoys an active career as a recitalist, clinician and teacher. Recent performances include Mahler's "Fourth Symphony" with the Southern Illinois Symphony, Canteloube's "Chants d'Auvergne" with the Cincinnati Concert Orchestra and Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony" with the Rochester Symphony. As a clinician, Paver has served on a panel for the Cincinnati Voice Consortium. Internationally, she has taught at the Opera Theater of Lucca, the Spoleto Festival in Italy and the Vianden Festival in Luxembourg. Paver's students sing with many young artist programs across the country. Her students consistently place in the district and regional finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Paver's professional students perform nationally and internationally, including in seven different Broadway productions. This summer, she will join the faculty at SongFest and the Accademia Vocale di Lorenzo Malfatti. Paver received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona, and earned her master's degree and doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

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.