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Performing Ensembles

All Crane students are encouraged to perform at a high level, and ensemble participation is a required part of all music degree programs. The Crane School can point to a long tradition of preparing excellence in ensemble performance, and many alumni enjoy successful careers in major operas and orchestras and other ensembles, both in the United States and abroad. Performance ensembles of The Crane School of Music are open to all students of the College through auditions or, in some cases, through open enrollment. Non-music majors should go to this webpage for more information about ensembles and auditions for non-music majors. For music majors, detailed information about ensembles can be found in the Crane Student Handbook.

SUNY Potsdam Professor Dr. Peter McCoy, the director of the Crane Latin Ensemble, talks about the high-energy, Afro-Cuban dance and music group at the College.


Crane Symphony Orchestra
String Orchestra
Opera Orchestra

Wind Bands

Crane Wind Ensemble
Crane Symphonic Band
Crane Concert Band
Campus/Community Band

Jazz & Latin Ensembles

Crane Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Band
Small Jazz Groups
Crane Latin Ensemble

Choral Ensembles & Opera

Crane Concert Choir
Hosmer Choir
Eclectic Ensemble
Phoenix Club
Crane Chorus
Campus/Community Chorus
Opera Ensemble and Production
Musical Theatre Workshop

Chamber and Other Ensembles*

Woodwind Quintets
Brass Quintets
String Quartets
Chamber Music with Piano
Vocal Chamber Music

Crane Brass Ensemble
Contemporary Music Ensemble
Laptop Orchestra
West African Drum and Dance Ensemble
Irish Ensemble

Like Instrument Ensembles

Flute Ensemble
Clarinet Choir
Saxophone Quartets
Saxophone Choir
Horn Choir
Trombone Ensemble
Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble

Crane Percussion Ensemble
Repertory Percussion Ensemble
Crane Marimba Ensemble

Guitar Ensemble
Guitar Quartets
Harp Ensemble


*Other Chamber Music ensemble combinations are possible; these are created by request, using the flexible MUAP 368 Chamber Music course.