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Crane School of Music Students Complete Internships at 2020 NAMM Show

January 24, 2020

SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music Sends 17 Music Business Interns to World’s Largest Music Trade Show

Students from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music completed internships during the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., the world’s largest music trade show.

A group of 17 ambitious music business students from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music recently traveled to Anaheim, Calif., to network and complete internships at the 2020 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show, the world’s leading trade event for music products.

The Crane students were placed with acclaimed international music industry companies, including brands such as D’Addario, Buffet Crampon, Samson Technologies, Sennheiser and Yamaha, during the annual NAMM Show, held from Jan. 16 to 19. Numerous Crane alumni work with these firms, and in many cases hold leadership roles. Likewise, many graduates have been recruited following their NAMM Show experiences.

The Crane student interns proved vital for the exhibitors, as they helped set up their booths, familiarize trade visitors with the latest developments in technology, and answered complex questions on product details. Joined by Crane School of Music faculty, the students were able to work directly with leading firms, thanks to a unique and much-envied internship program originally established by the Crane Institute for Music Business in 2005.

This year’s interns included:

  • Elias Assimakopoulos of Schenectady, N.Y., who interned with Zoom North America
  • Natalia Buitrago of Meriden, Conn., who interned with D’Addario
  • Elizabeth Collins of Fair Lawn, N.J., who interned with Yamaha
  • Madeline Derouchie of Brasher Falls, N.Y., who interned with Alfred Music
  • Erin Finn of Belchertown, Mass., who interned with SKB Cases
  • Ned Greenough of Fulton, N.Y., who interned with Samson Technologies
  • Adara Hoyne of Queensbury, N.Y., who interned with Yamaha
  • Matthew Lampel of New City, N.Y., who interned with Connolly Music
  • Matthew Levine of Commack, N.Y., who interned with Buffet Crampon
  • Brianna Linhardt of East Aurora, N.Y., who interned with D’Addario
  • Daniel Marro of Marlboro, N.Y., who interned with KHS Musical Instruments
  • Chase McLaughlin of Canton, N.Y., who interned with D’Addario
  • Stephen Mirandi of Miller Place, N.Y., who interned with D’Addario
  • Sydney Mulloy of Utica, N.Y., who interned with Sennheiser
  • Russell Peffer of Shelter Island, N.Y., who interned with Sennheiser
  • Ashley Slapo of Medford, N.Y., who interned with Samson Technologies
  • Joseph Small of Webster, N.Y., who interned with Sabian

The NAMM Show is the world’s leading trade event for the music products industry. The 2020 NAMM Show gathered 115,000 members of the music product industry from 120 countries around the world, to preview new products from 7,000 brands representing 2,000 member companies across every category.

The Crane School of Music hosted an alumni reception during the NAMM Show for alumni and friends of the College on Jan. 18. More than 20 people attended the reception, hosted by Scott Goodman ’79, CEO of Zoom North America, who had earlier given a generous donation to name an office at Crane in honor of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor James Petercsak. Crane Dean Dr. Michael Sitton spoke at the event, providing updates on the School and its growing facilities and programs.

The music business program at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music prepares students for careers in the music product industry, arts administration and the recording industry. Find out more at

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