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Potsdam Prepared: COVID-19 Updates

Crane Youth Music

CYM 2020: 

Interested in being part of our Online CYM Experience from June 29-July 3? 

Please register here (free of charge).
More information including a schedule of events will be posted and emailed to families a few days before camp begins. 

SUNY Potsdam and The Crane School of Music have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Crane Youth Music Camp.  This will be the first time in its 47-year history that the camp has been placed on hiatus, a measure of the seriousness of the international health emergency that has prompted our decision. The health and safety of our faculty, staff, campers, and families are our highest priorities and we must be compliant with all current health advisories and government guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We will be making some streaming online musical experiences available to our campers during what would have been the first week of CYM, at no cost, and will provide more details in the weeks to come; while we will deeply miss the opportunity to connect to our campers in person this year, we want to continue their ties to The Crane School of Music in a meaningful way.  Camp registrants will receive an email with details about refund options for any tuition paid to this point. We hope to see you all on campus for the 2021 Crane Youth Music Camp (June 27-July 10, 2021). For our rising high school seniors, if you are interested in auditioning for Crane next year, please visit our admissions page. We wish you all a safe and healthy year!


Tuition & Fees

Until January 15 - $50 off tuition

  • Resident camper: $1500 (includes room & meals)
  • Commuter camper: $1000 (includes daily lunch)


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Final CYM Weekend Lodging: Important
The final weekend of CYM overlaps our Potsdam Alumni Weekend. The Potsdam Town festival will also be going on so its going to be very busy! Plan ahead on lodging if you plan to stay over. You might need to book something a little ways away. Massena is 35 minutes, Malone is 40 minutes, Lake Placid and Watertown are around 90 minutes away, Syracuse is 2.5 hours, Albany and Rochester are 4 hours. We are also 90 minutes from Ottawa, ON and around 2 hours from Montreal, QC (but allow border time).


  • One lesson is 30 minutes in duration costing the camper $35, to be paid to the CYM online registration system prior to the lesson.
  • Campers will receive a voucher to present to the instructor at the time of lesson. No voucher = no lesson.
  • Campers are responsible for scheduling their lessons with the faculty member. If a camper forgets/misses a scheduled lesson, their fee/voucher is forfeit unless the faculty member is willing to make up the lesson.
  • If campers do not schedule a lesson with faculty member, no refund will be issued.
  • If participants are studying one instrument during camp and want lessons on another instrument of which they also study, they may do so contingent upon faculty availability. No beginning lessons are offered.
  • Participants can register for up to 2 lessons pending faculty availability. Any additional lessons need to be approved by the CYM Director in consultation with the faculty member schedule.
  • CYM Faculty do not give beginning lessons and Crane does not provide instruments for beginning study during CYM.
  • Arrange lessons with faculty member in your first master class OR find the faculty office and sign up on their board.


Scholarship Applications will be due May 1, 2020. 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 faculty - we will announce 2020 faculty soon!)

Brianne Borden, (ASU/Crane/CYM alumnus) trumpet
Dr. Lauren Becker, horn
Stephen Whimple, (Juilliard/Crane/CYM alumnus) trombone
Dr. Charles Guy, tuba/euphonium

Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis

James Petercsak
Kyle Peters
Ashley Trudell

Dr. Julie Miller
Dr. Kathryn Sherman
Mr. Jarrett Larsen

Dr. Lonel Woods
Dr. Colleen Skull

Dr. Liesl Doty, violin (week 1)
Dr. Sarah Hersh, violin
Mrs. Jill Savage, violin
Dr. Shelly Tramposh, viola (week 1)
Dr. Timothy MacDuff, viola (UMD, Rice, Crane Alumnus)(week 2)
Dr. Marie-Elaine Gagnon, cello
Mr. Karl Doty, string bass (week 1)
Mr. Nicholas Feigenbaum, string bass (NYU/Crane Alumnus) (week 2)

Mrs. Jill Rubio, flute
Dr. Anna Hendrickson, oboe
Dr. Julianne Kirk Doyle, clarinet
Dr. Raphael Sanders, clarinet
Dr. Carol Lowe, bassoon
Dr. Casey Grev, saxophone

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 included:

  • 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 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 included:

  • Dr. Brian Doyle, Wind Ensemble
  • Dr. James Madeja, Symphonic Band
  • Dr. Ching-Chun Lai, Symphony Orchestra (week 1)
  • Mr. Ansgarius Aylward (week 2)

2019 Jazz Faculty

  • Mr. Tim Savage, Jazz Ensemble & Improv
  • Mr. Robert Bickford, Jazz Band & Improv

2019 Choral Conductors

  • Dr. Jeffrey Francom
  • Mr. Shawn Hebert
  • Dr. Nils Klykken

Recreational Time

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

  • From 3:30-5 daily, is 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 Crane students or professional educators
  • Activities can include:
    • Outdoor recreation/sports
    • Trips downtown (limited to 20 participants per trip)
    • If weather is bad, movies in Crane
    • 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

Take a Glimpse at CYM 2019: