Crane Faculty Recital Features Clarinet Chamber Music From Around the World


Julianne Kirk-Doyle, clarinet, will be featured alongside Carol Cope Lowe, bassoon, and Julie Welsh Miller, piano, in a recital at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music on March 11.

The Crane School of Music Faculty Recital Series will continue on Tuesday, March 11, with a concert featuring Julianne Kirk-Doyle on clarinet, alongside Julie Welsh Miller on piano and Carol Cope Lowe on bassoon. The recital will be offered on March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

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

The recital program travels through a century of clarinet music from various areas of the world, spanning Britain, New Zealand, the United States, Hungary and France.

The concert will kick off with Phillipe Gaubert's "Fantasie," which was composed in 1911 for the Paris Conservatoire's concours (graduation exam) and is a one-movement work that displays the elegance and lyricism of the instrument. Douglas Liburn's "Sonatina for Clarinet"which was composed in 1948 for clarinettist George Hopkins, will also be presented.

Miklós Rózsa was one of the most highly regarded composers in the movie industry, writing music for over 100 films, one of his most famous being "Ben Hur." His "Sonatina for Solo Clarinet"will be a highlight of the concert. The "Duo for Clarinet and Bassoon" by British composer Gordon Jacob will continue the performance. The piece was commissioned in 1975 by Stuart Wynn Jones to accompany afour-minute abstract animated film.

The recital will conclude with Andre Previn's "Sonata for Clarinet and Piano." In 2010, Boston Symphony clarinetist Tom Martin commissioned Previn to write the piece. The sonata is in four short movements, and most recently has been used as music for the New York City Ballet production of "A Place for Us."

About the performers:

Julianne Kirk Doyle serves as associate professor of clarinet and director of the Crane Youth Music Camp at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music. Recent appearances include the Midwest Clinic, International Clarinet Association, International Double Reed Society, New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), New York State Band Directors Association, Mid-America Center for Contemporary Music and the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. She is currently editor for the clarinet repertoire section of the NYSSMA manual, and is working on an album project with the Aria Reed Trio. She is also co-host of the Biennial Potsdam Single Reed Summit. Dr. Kirk-Doyle holds both a doctorate and a master's degree from the Eastman School of Music, and earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma. She is a DANSR/Vandoren Performing Artist.

Carol Cope Lowe teaches courses in bassoon performance, reed-making, repertoire, pedagogy and orchestral studies at The Crane School of Music. She is a native of Brevard, N.C., and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. While living in the Atlanta area, Dr. Lowe performed frequently with the Atlanta Symphony, including a 1996 tour to Carnegie Hall and subsequent recording of Mahler's "Symphony No. 6." She has toured and recorded in London, Paris and Munich with various ensembles and was a member of the Taft Quintet, first-prize winners of the 1989 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. As an active member of the International Double Reed Society, Dr. Lowe has presented recitals at their annual conferences in Austin, Muncie, Ithaca and Provo. Her degrees are from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lowe is currently principal bassoon for the Orchestra of Northern New York, and is a member of the Aria Reed Trio.

Julie Welsh Miller has been teaching piano at the university level for 25 years, and her former students now teach at every level from elementary to university. While she is a frequent soloist, one of her principal interests is collaborating with other performers, giving 60 to 100 performances every year. She has developed an extensive repertoire by playing for students, which has served her well in partnerships with colleagues and guest artists. She has performed in innumerable faculty recitals, and specializes in preparing music for world-class guest artists, involving quick turnaround and little rehearsal time. Miller's other principal interest is editing, publishing and performing the music of Keith Gates. She and her husband are the caretakers of Gates' musical oeuvre, and they are gratified to see his works achieving worldwide recognition. Miller holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Illinois. She has done post-graduate work at Michigan State University and the University of Southern California.

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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