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From the Dean's Office

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I am honored to serve as Dean of The Crane School of Music, a school founded on the powerful vision for music education articulated by our founder, Julia Crane, well over a century ago. This same sense of vision and commitment has informed the careers of a long and impressive line of teachers, performers and musical leaders emerging from The Crane School since that time.

Today's Crane School is mindful of this legacy, while simultaneously aware that ours is also a tradition of innovation, demanding that we continually seek new ways to teach, to learn and to reach the highest levels of musical excellence in performance, pedagogy, scholarship and creativity. I am honored to be a partner with outstanding faculty, staff and students who are dedicated to the Crane vision and committed to a spirit of innovation and inquiry which is never satisfied with the status quo.

We seek to share broadly our rich heritage and the vitality of our current programs. Our ability to stream concerts and other programming over the internet now makes truly worldwide connections with the far-flung Crane family even more vital and exciting.

Crane's commitment to artistic engagement is a vital part of SUNY Potsdam's vision for cultural leadership in the North Country, throughout the state of New York, and far beyond. I invite you to join us as audience members, potential students, supporters, and partners sharing in Julia Crane's conviction that music is of fundamental, life-affirming importance to every one of us.

Dr. Michael Sitton, Dean
The Crane School of Music
Email: sittonmr@potsdam.edu