Conferences & Special Events

The Crane School of Music students, faculty and guest artists present over 300 public performances each year. Also, master classes provide the special chance for our student singers, instrumentalists and conductors to learn from prominent visiting artists and alumni.

Symposium on Nadia Boulanger

The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam located in Potsdam, NY will be hosting a Symposium on Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) on Friday, April 22nd through Saturday, April 23rd. A distinguished composer and frequent Crane visitor, Nadia Boulanger's music has remained largely unperformed until now. This symposium will feature lectures, classes, concerts, and films all related to the life and works of Nadia Boulanger. Additionally, world premiers of 3 piano pieces and 2 SSAA choral works will be given along with a recreation of the musical homage to her sister Lili, with a performance of Lili's Pie Jesu and Nadia's Lux Aeterna. Also the complete songs of Nadia will be performed for the first time in North America by the entire voice faculty of Crane.

Lougheed Festival of the Arts

Through the generosity and artistic vision of Kathryn (Kofoed) '54 and Donald Lougheed, The Lougheed Festival of the Arts resurrects the tradition of a dynamic and comprehensive campus spring festival, to include theatre, dance, vocal and instrumental performances; visual arts exhibitions; creative writing programs; and guest artists and lecturers.

Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar

The Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar mission is to encourage autonomous artistry in emerging artist-level performers. Singers and pianists selected through a competitive, national audition process will work for the one week program with professional opera singer Stephanie Blythe and Alan Smith, renowned collaborative pianist, vocal coach and composer. 

Crane Candlelight Concert

The 300 musicians of the Crane Chorus and the Crane Symphony Orchestra will fill the stage at the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall for the annual performance.

Crane Symposium on Music Teacher Education

The Crane Symposium on Music Teacher Education provides an opportunity for exploring and sharing current thinking, scholarly advances and teaching practices from foremost teachers, researchers, and musicians regarding these questions and issues.

Crane Clarinet Summit

Join us for a weekend long summit.

Crane International Piano Competition

Since 2002, the Julia Crane International Piano Competition has provided scholarships and performance opportunities for young pianists.  In addition the competition provides students from around the world with an opportunity to participate in workshops and masterclasses that foster both professionalism and camaraderie.

Crane Theory Symposium

This symposium hopes to promote lively discussion of the rich history of these partnerships and speculation upon possible future directions.

Crane Piano Pedagogy Conference

The biennial Crane Piano Pedagogy Conference explores current trends and best practices in piano pedagogy. Participants learn from expert pedagogues through teacher workshops, master classes, and informal discussions.

Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize

The Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize was founded by Dr. Gary C. Jaquay to honor his life partner Domenic J. Pellicciotti, an ardent fan of opera.