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Crane Youth Music

CYM 2019: June 30 - July 13, 2019


Camp Registrants may sign up for one or two 30-minute private lessons. Any additional lessons are contingent upon availability of the instructor and must be paid in advance of the lesson. Upon arrival to CYM, vouchers will be issued for each lesson, participants are to present their voucher to the faculty member at the time of the lesson. To register for one or two private lessons click here.

Tuition & Fees

  • Program Fee: $1000
  • Housing & Meal Fee: $500
  • Private Lessons: $35 per 1/2-hour lesson (maximum 2 per participant)

A $100 non-refundable deposit is due with registration. All fees must be paid in full no later than May 30. Full refund, minus the deposit, may be issued up to May 30 at the discretion of the Program Director.

We will refund all overnight program registration payments minus the $100 deposit if participants withdraw prior to the final payment deadline indicated in the camp information. Participants withdrawing after the final payment deadline will not be refunded. If you feel that your circumstances warrant special consideration, please contact the Program Director at (315) 267-2419.

Required Forms

Crane Youth Music requires that the following forms be completed, signed and mailed to the address below as soon as possible.


  • Medical Authorization & Health History Form (2 pages)
  • Acknowledgements & Hold Harmless
  • Code of Conduct & Talent Release
  • Check-Out Authorization Form
  • Private Lesson Authorization (if applicable)

This Forms Packet (PDF) includes all of the required forms. Each of the fillable PDF pages are linked, which will minimize redundancy in data entry.

Please complete the fillable fields, print, sign, have doctor’s office complete medications portion of health form (if needed), and return to:

Crane Youth Music
44 Pierrepont Avenue
C218 Bishop Hall
Potsdam, NY 13676

You may also fax the completed forms to CYM at (315) 267-2413.


Scholarship Applications will be due May 1, 2019. Scholarships are partial awards ($200-$300) and there is an application process requiring the following:

  • Financial statement of need from parents – including AGI and family size is helpful
  • Letter from music teacher/private teacher stating student’s achievements and abilities
  • Copies of most recent NYSSMA or Solo and Ensemble scores/evaluations (DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered nor will CYM notify if an application is complete/incomplete
  • Scholarship notifications will be made by May 15
  • All scholarship decisions are final
  • A wait list will be kept and if someone declines an award, it will go to the next candidate on the list
  • Campers with financial need are encouraged to reach out to local booster clubs, arts councils and church organizations for additional support

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Applied Study

All students have a daily master class with an applied faculty member. These classes will focus on pedagogy, fundamentals and occasionally serve as a performance class.

Students will have master classes with many of the Crane Faculty during CYM: (Lists below are taken from 2019 CYM tentative commitments from faculty)

Flute - Jill Rubio
Oboe - Dr. Anna Hendrickson
Clarinet - Dr. Raphael Sanders and Dr. Julianne Doyle
Bassoon - Dr. Carol Lowe
Saxophone - Dr. Casey Grev

Trumpet - Brianne Borden
Horn - Dr. Lauren Becker
Euphonium - Dr. Charles Guy
Trombone - Dr. Mark Hartman
Tuba - Dr. Charles Guy

James Petercsak
Kyle Peters
Ashley Trudell

Violin - Liesl Doty, Dr. Sarah Hersh
Viola - Dr. Shelly Tramposh
Cello - Dr. Marie-Elaine Gagnon
String Bass - Karl Doty (week 1) and Nicholas Feigenbaum (week 2)

Voice - Dr. Lonel Woods and Dr. Colleen Skull

Harp - Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis

Piano - Dr. Kathryn Sherman & Julie Miller

Note: Keyboard and percussion instruments are provided, and string bass and tuba instruments are available when requested in advance. Participants must bring all other instruments. We recommend that all students carry instrument insurance on privately owned instruments. CYM and SUNY Potsdam are not responsible for damaged or lost instruments. Please specify your instrument range when registering (for example, tenor sax or bass clarinet).

Elective Classes

Students may take one elective class during CYM.

2019 elective offerings and instructors include:

  • Acting - Dr. Lonel Woods
  • Alexander Technique - Beth Robinson
  • Conducting - Dr. Brian Doyle, Jill Rubio and Glenn Roberts
  • Composition - Dr. Timothy Sullivan
  • Jazz Improvisation - Tim Savage and Robert Bickford
  • Music of the Beatles - Dr. Douglas Rubio
  • Music Business - Marc Ernesti
  • Music History - Dr. Erin Brooks
  • Music Theater - Shawn Hebert
  • Music Theory - Scott Lavine, Michael Struzik, John Halpin
  • Ukelele - Dr. Raphael Sanders
  • So you want to be a Music Teacher? - Dr. Jeffrey Francom

Students must sign up prior to camp or will be placed in an elective. Once camp starts, elective assignments cannot be changed.


  • All Wind, Brass and Percussion Instrumentalists will also be part of a Like Ensemble if they are not assigned to Symphony Orchestra
  • All Wind, Brass and Percussion Instrumentalists will play in one of the 3 bands during CYM.
  • All String Instrumentalists will be in a chamber ensemble or chamber orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and have string sectionals
  • Ensemble Assignments are final and not subject to appeal. The faculty who hear auditions are professionals of the highest caliber and will place campers in the position that best suits their experience.

2019 Instrumental Ensemble Conductors include:

  • Dr. Brian Doyle, Wind Ensemble
  • Dr. James Madeja, Symphonic Band
  • Mr. Michael Struzik, Concert Band
  • Ching-Chun Lai (week 1) and Ansgarius Aylward (week 2) Symphony Orchestra
  • Mr. Tim Savage and Mr. Robert Bickford, Jazz Ensemble & Improv
  • Dr. Jeffrey Francom, Mr. Shawn Hebert and Nils Klykken, Choral Conductors
  • Dr. Roberth Docker and Jennifer Kessler, String Orchestra
  • Dr. Kathryn Sherman and Julie Miller - Piano Duet Coaching
  • String Faculty - String Chamber Music
  • Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis - Harp Ensemble

Recreational Time

From 3:30 - 5 p.m. daily, CYM has recreational time.

  • Students can also use this as practice time, chamber/jazz combo rehearsal time, or lesson time with faculty.
  • Recreational activities are supervised and led by counselors who are older Crane students or professional educators
  • Activities can include:
    • Outdoor recreation/sports
    • Trips downtown (limited to 20 participants per trip)
    • In the event of bad weather, there will be indoor activities such as movies, board games and more.
    • Other activities and crafts as directed by counseling staff
  • The New York State Department of Health requires that we maintain strict supervision and ratios during all times participants are in our charge. We are required to maintain a 10:1 ratio with participants during a traveling activity and 25:1 ratio during a stationary activity (Classes/rehearsals).
  • No participants can wander alone around campus, they must be part of a group or 2:1 with another camper/counselor.

Please direct any further questions to the camp director at

Directions & Travel

Local lodging and dining opportunities can be found online.

Commercial bus service is available to Potsdam via Greyhound and Trailways. Upon request, CYM will provide transportation of participants (only!) from the bus station to campus. Requests must be submitted in writing well in advance of participant arrival.

Amtrak train service is also available for part of the trip. Trains from Montreal, QC and Albany, NY de-board in Westport and are transported to Lake Placid via shuttle bus. In Lake Placid, travelers can purchase Trailways bus tickets for the final leg of travel to Potsdam.

CYM often receives inquiries about airline services. Some  families opt to fly into the Syracuse International Airport, located approximately two and a half hours from Potsdam. Rental car services or Greyhound bus service are available for the final leg of travel. Others have chosen the Ottawa International Airport in Ontario, Canada. This airport is just over an hour from Potsdam, and rental car services are available, however, families will need to consider international travel regulations for border crossings.

Cape Air provides direct airline service from Boston and Albany to the nearby towns of Ogdensburg and Massena. CYM families should be aware, however, that these airports are located approximately 30 miles from Potsdam and do not offer rental car services. Those opting to travel via Cape Air should plan on utilizing local taxi services at an estimated cost of $50 per one-way trip between the airport and campus. 

Contact Us:

CYM Phone: (315) 267-2616
CYM Fax: (315) 267-2413