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SUNY Potsdam Alumni Name Joshua Redman ’11 a ‘Rising Star’

July 22, 2020

Joshua Redman ’11 of Babylon, N.Y., is the recipient of the 2020 Rising Star Award from the SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association.

The SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association recently honored Joshua Redman ’11 of Babylon, N.Y., with the 2020 Rising Star Award, during the College’s Virtual Reunion Week.

The Rising Star Award is presented to alumni who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in the first decade following graduation. Redman was recognized for his outstanding accomplishments so early in his career, and in appreciation for his dedicated service and support to the College’s alumni programs.

About the recipient:

Since graduating from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music with dual degrees in music business and music performance, Joshua Redman ’11 has worked tirelessly not only to build a successful career in music business, but also to establish himself as a respected clarinetist and teacher, and give back to his alma mater.

Josh began his career at D’Addario and Company, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of music accessories. Over his seven-year tenure with the company, he oversaw the development and reconstruction of their Reserve line of professional clarinet reeds and mouthpieces. He founded the D’Addario Woodwinds Method Program, a grassroots educational business development program that employed 40 clarinet and saxophone clinicians. The program resulted in an 800 percent gross sales increase in the product lines.

Two years ago, Josh seized an opportunity for career advancement by taking a position as product manager with Leviton, the largest privately held manufacturer of electrical wiring equipment in North America. Six months after joining the company, he was given sole ownership of an important and demanding product line in need of strategic vision.

As a passionate musician, Josh appears regularly with Cross-Island, a cello-clarinet-piano trio that performs chamber music at venues across the New York metro area. Josh also maintains an active private studio of middle school, high school and college students. He has presented lectures on clarinet pedagogy and equipment at various universities throughout the country.

Since graduation, Josh has given back to his alma mater as a guest presenter and performer, and is the vice president of the Julia E. Crane Alumni Association. He also served as development chair for the Crane School of Music Alumni Chorus and Orchestra Festival on Long Island, and as an alumni representative at numerous audition days, admissions open house events and College receptions each year.

For more information about SUNY Potsdam’s Alumni Association, visit

About The Crane School of Music:

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. For more information, please visit

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