Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis
page is to let you know a bit more about me, both personally and as a
at The Crane School of Music, SUNY-Potsdam.
I grew up
Wisconsin. Both of my parents were professors--my father is a physicist
and my mother is a composer, so I guess teaching is in my genes--I love
being in a university environment! After I graduated from the
of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I went to Eastman to study harp with Eileen
While there, I became fascinated with music theory and at the same time
had the opportunity to study Byzantine chant. I combined these
interests into a second master's degree from Eastman and later I
a grant to study in Greece where I received two diplomas in Byzantine
After Eastman, I went to USC to study harp with Susann McDonald.
When she accepted a position at Indiana University, she took me along
her graduate assistant and I finished my doctorate at IU.
I joined the faculty of the Crane School of Music in 1996 and have been very much at home here, both as a theorist and a harpist. I teach courses such as Music Theory and Aural Skills (a four-semester sequence) as well as the upper-division/graduate electives, Pedagogy of Music Theory, Counterpoint (Modal and Tonal), Analytical Techniques, and Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis. I've also taught two courses relating to my research area, Byzantine Music: History Theory and Practice, and Byzantium: Religion and the Arts in the Christian East.
Theory IV class composition project for the annual student Holiday Convocation:
The Seven Modes of Christmas
find that teaching in the harp
studio is a perfect counterpart to the theory classroom. I enjoy
recitals, appearing as a soloist and performing chamber music. I
am on the Pennsylvania
Arts on Tour Artist Roster, where presenters in the Northeastern
States can obtain matching grants to facilitate my performances and
is tennis. I played for my high school and college teams, and I am an
coach for the SUNY
Potsdam Women's Tennis Team. I am deeply committed to
service. Presently, I am serving as Chair of the SUNY
Potsdam Faculty Senate.