Annual Music Business Roundtable Includes Crane Education Alums


Four accomplished Crane School of Music education alumni who have gone on to great success in the field of music business will return to their alma mater for a special interactive forum this weekend. The Fourth Annual Sandy Feldstein Music Business Roundtable will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

All four panelists are Crane graduates with degrees in music education who have been involved in the music business throughout their careers. The panelists include John O’Rielly ’62, Wally Siebel ’69, Jay Blumenthal ’70 and Ed Marschilok ’74.

The moderator for the roundtable discussion will be Crane Institute for Music Business Executive Director Kickie Britt ’69.

A reception following the roundtable will be hosted by the campus chapter of the Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association.

This event will be part of the Crane 125th anniversary celebration and SUNY Potsdam’s 2011 Family Weekend. Previous Sandy Feldstein Music Business Roundtables have taken place in such prestigious locations as Anaheim, Calif., during the 2011 NAMM Show. These roundtables are a great influence on the Crane Institute for Music Business.

The primary mission of the Crane Institute for Music Business is to enhance communication and facilitate a mutually beneficial partnership Crane and the music products industry, bridging the gap between music education and music business. Since its creation in 1999, the institute has provided numerous opportunities for music industry executives to share their expertise with music education and business students alike through roundtables and the Executive in Residence Series. 

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

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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, and is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011.