Crane Faculty Recital Showcases Percussion, Electronic Music & Dance


Visiting Instructor Joshua Emanuel '11 will headline an upcoming eclectic, interdisciplinary concert, featuring percussion, electronic music and a dance collaboration at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music. The performance will be offered on Sunday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

Emanuel will open the recital with "Samsara," a 2012 piece by Crane School of Music composer Jerod Sommerfeldt, who will also take the stage for the performance. Crane student Alexander Mau will then join Sommerfeldt on electronics for an improvisation piece, alongside Emanuel on percussion.

The recital will continue with the world premiere of "Echo Chamber," a collaborative piece Emanuel composed this year, featuring choreography and a dance performance by SUNY Potsdam dance faculty member Christine Rohde.

"'Echo Chamber' explores the range of emotion when being left alone with nothing but the sound of your own voice. The piece focuses on the cycle of emotions that are felt through loneliness, creating patterns of isolation and despair, causing one to continue to hide their feelings behind closed doors," Emanuel said.

Finally, the concert will close with "Prime Ordinals," by Jim Casella.

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

About the performers:

Joshua Emanuel is a music educator, percussionist, composer and music technology specialist. After receiving his bachelor's degree in music education from SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music in 2011, he continued his studies at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). At IUPUI, Emanuel taught music theory and music fundamentals courses to undergraduate students while working toward his master's degree in music technology. He spent much of his time working with the IUPUI Telematic Collective. As a composer and performer, Emanuel explores a variety of styles, including classical, jazz, contemporary, world, electronic and avant-garde music. He is currently a visiting instructor and technology coordinator at Crane.

Jerod Sommerfeldt's music focuses on the creation of algorithmic and stochastic processes, utilizing the results for both fixed and real-time composition and improvisation. His sound world explores digital audio artifacts and the destruction of technology, resulting in work that questions the dichotomy between the intended and unintentional. An active performer as both soloist and collaborator in interactive digital music and live video, he currently serves as assistant professor of electronic music composition and theory at The Crane School of Music, where he is the director of the SUNY Potsdam Electronic Music Studios.

Christine M. Rohde is an assistant professor of dance in SUNY Potsdam's Department of Theatre and Dance. She has experience dancing professionally for eight years in numerous dance companies, including Rincones, Company Dance Theatre, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and Thodos Dance Chicago. In 2012, Rohde graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance performance and choreography from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a secondary emphasis in Alexander Technique. She is a teacher, choreographer and performing artist, whose work has reached national and international stages.

Alexander Mau is a graduate of The Crane School of Music, where he earned his bachelor's degree in music education, after having studied vocal performance at Schenectady County Community College. Currently pursuing graduate studies in music education, Mau devotes his efforts to the progression of technology in music education, from the perspectives of pedagogy, performance and composition.

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.