Crane School of Music Honors Anniversary of Founder's Death

06.02.11

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Julia Etta Crane died on June 11, 1923. Her namesake institution, The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, will honor her with a graveside memorial service at noon on Saturday, June 11 in Bayside Cemetery.

The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam will honor the 88th anniversary of the death of its founder, Julia Etta Crane, next Saturday.

The memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, June 11 in Bayside Cemetery, Potsdam, beside Julia’s grave there. There will be readings and a wreath will be laid, before participants sing Julia’s favorite song, “Annie Laurie.”

All are welcome to attend this memorial to remember Julia’s legacy, which lives on today at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. This year’s remembrance will be especially meaningful, as the College marks the 125th anniversary of The Crane School, which Julia founded in 1886 as the Crane Normal Institute for Music at Potsdam Normal School.

At the end of her life, two days before her death, Julia Crane left mementos for her predecessors at her institute, one of whom was Helen M. Hosmer, who wrote this: “On June 9, a Saturday, occurred the annual Crane luncheon and as a surprise for us she had at each place a little folder containing her picture and expression of her regret that she was not able to be with us. Miss Crane’s closing words in that message were, ‘I am sending all my dearest love and it seems queer to say ‘sending’ because it does not have to go; it is right there with you.’” She died on June 11, 1923.

The students, faculty and staff of The Crane School of Music, along with the entire North Country community, continue to learn lessons from Julia’s legacy in the music-making and education that happens at her namesake institution today. Crane’s tradition of innovation can be seen in its 125 years of dedication to excellence in music education and performance.

For more information about this event, please contact Dr. Caron L. Collins, associate professor of music education, at (315) 267-2404 or collincl@potsdam.edu.

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.