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Alumna Dr. Jessie Thoman '97 & the Mirari Brass Quintet to Perform at The Crane School of Music

February 9, 2017

From left, Mirari Brass Quintet members Alex Noppe, Stephanie Frye, Sarah Paradis, Jessie Thoman ’97 and Matthew Vangjel will perform on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in SUNY Potsdam’s Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

Now in its seventh season, the Mirari Brass Quintet will make a special appearance this Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in SUNY Potsdam’s Sara M. Snell Music Theater. Dr. Jessie Thoman, a 1997 alumna from Crane, is the hornist for the group and an associate professor of Music in horn at the University of Tennessee Martin.

The quintet is comprised of Alex Noppe and Matthew Vangjel on trumpets, Sarah Paradis on trombone, Stephanie Frye on tuba and alumna Jessie Thoman ’97 on horn.

They will perform the works of Anthony DiLorenzo, Alex Noppe, John Cheetham, David Sisco and John Stevens.

About the performers:

As the co-founder of the Mirari Brass Quintet, Thoman maintains a busy performing and touring schedule with her fellow musicians Noppe, Vangjel, Paradis and Frye, presenting masterclasses and recitals in public schools, colleges, universities, conferences and concert series all over the United States. The group has traveled to over 27 states educating and performing for people of all ages. The quintet was created as a grassroots effort by several friends that share a spirit of exploration. Mirari experiments with a variety of genres of music, not originally intended for brass alone. As a central tenet of the group, all the members share an admiration and respect for each other, not only on stage and in music, but also in friendship.

Thoman, a Buffalo native, earned her bachelor’s degree in music at The Crane School of Music, her master’s degree from The Ohio State University and her Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. She has held principal and section positions in professional orchestras such as the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony, Jackson Symphony in Tenn., Naples Philharmonic in Florida, Reno Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.

This concert will be broadcast live on the SUNY Potsdam website at the performance time. To view the program and see other upcoming streaming performances, visit

For more information about SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, please visit

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.

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