Kenneth Andrews (Flute)
Dr. Andrews is the
former Associate Principal Flute with the Montreal Symphony and has
performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States,
Canada and Europe. At Crane, Professor Andrews performs with the
Potsdam Woodwind Quintet. Professor Andrews received his B.M., M.M. and
Performer's Certificate from Indiana University where he studied with
flutist James Pellerite and has done further studies in conducting with
Dr. Karl Ahrendt. A former faculty member at Indiana University, Ohio
University among others. Mr. Andrews is currently Music
Director/Conductor for The Orchestra of Northern New York and the
Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra and is a frequent guest conductor
throughout the U.S. and Canada.
||Dr. Christopher Creviston
Creviston has played Prince’s birthday party at Paisley Park,
appeared live on B.E.T., and presented his Carnegie debut in 2007.
After 13 years freelancing in NYC, he is now professor at Crane School
of Music (SUNY Potsdam). He previously held positions at Greenwich
House of Music, University of Windsor, and University of Michigan.
Creviston's teachers include Don Sinta, James Forger, Trent Kynaston
and Rhonda Buckley.
has won numerous competitive accolades and has been featured at many
conventions, most recently the 2007 NASA Region VIII Conference.
He appears nationwide as soloist and clinician and contributes to
projects with some of the industry’s most respected names.
He performs regularly with the Capitol Saxophone Quartet, pianist Jun
Okada, harpist Fran Duffy, guitarist Oren Fader, the Glass Farm
Ensemble, and his jazz trio. In the words of "Slava"
Rostropovich, "Bravo!.. Bravo! Bravo!!..."
||Dr. Brian K. Doyle
(Director of Bands)
Doyle conducts the Crane Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, and also
teaches courses in conducting. A Michigan native, he received all
of his degrees in his home state. At Michigan State University,
he received a BME and two MM (saxophone and wind conducting)
degrees. His principal teachers included John Whitwell, Joseph
Lulloff and James Forger. At the University of Michigan, he
received the AMusD in Wind Conducting under the mentorship of Michael
Haithcock. Dr. Doyle’s former teaching posts include
faculty positions at Indiana University, The University of North
Carolina – Chapel Hill, Duke University, and as a public school
music educator in Imlay City, MI. While in North Carolina, Dr.
Doyle served as the resident conductor of the Triangle British Brass
Band from 1999 until 2002. Dr. Doyle has also served on the summer
conducting faculty of the renowned Interlochen Arts Camp. During
his ten-year residence he conducted the Intermediate Band, Festival
Band, Festival Chamber Players, and the High School Concert Band.
He also coached woodwind chamber ensembles and taught conducting.
John Ellis (Trumpet)
Ellis is a native of Chicago Illinois and has performed as soloist and
chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He
holds the degree of Doctor of Music from Arizona State University. Dr.
Ellis has appeared with a variety of musical organizations and artists
including the Canadian Brass, the US Army Brass Band, Calgary
Philharmonic, the Moody Blues, as well as Grammy Award winners Diana
Krall, Tony Bennett and Anne Murray. He has been heard internationally
on CBC-Radio Canada, and has presented clinics and recitals at
prestigious institutions and festivals throughout the world, including
The Juilliard School, Cincinnati Conservatory, Summit Brass, the Banff
Festival, and the Raphael Mendez Brass Festival. He is currently
Principal Trumpet of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of
Northern New York.
(Crane School of Music Instrument Technician)
Edward Komara (Crane Librarian)
is the Crane Librarian at the Julia E. Crane Music Library, at the
State University of New York at Potsdam. From 1993 to 2001 he was Music
Librarian and Director of the Blues Archive at the University of
Mississippi, Oxford. He received his degrees at the State University of
New York at Buffalo (M.A. in music history, 1992; M.L.S. in library
science, 1991) and St. John's College, Annapolis (B.A. in liberal arts,
1988). He is the editor of The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Blues
(Routledge Press, 2006), the author of The Dial Recordings of Charlie
Parker (Greenwood Press, 1998), the editor of Chasin'; That Devil
Music, an anthology of blues writings by Gayle Dean Wardlow (Miller
Freeman Books, 1998), and a contributor of an essay and discography to
the 7-CD set Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues: The Worlds of Charley
Patton (Revenant Records, 2001). His articles have been published in
Guitar One, Black Music Research Journal, and Living Blues, and his
book and CD reviews have appeared in Notes: The Journal of the Music
Library Association and in the ARSC (Association of Recorded Sound
||Mr. Scott Lavine
Lavine also teaches courses in music technology and theory. In
addition, he serves as Co-director of Music Technology, President of
the Crane Faculty Association, and oversees the Crane web pages.
Professor LaVine previously was director of bands and music department
chair in the Norwood-Norfolk School District and conducted bands at St.
Lawrence University in Canton, NY. He has played a vital role in the
Crane Youth Music Summer Program as a conductor of bands and served as
CYM Director from 1998-2003. He was recently honored for his years of
service to CYM. Mr. LaVine is a past-president of the New York State
Band Directors Association and recipient of the NYSBDA Distinguished
Service Award. In 1995, he was nominated to the SUNY Confederation
Honor Roll and was presented with the SUNY Potsdam Distinguished Alumni
Service Award in 1999. Mr. LaVine serves as a member of the New York
State School Music Association's Technology Steering Committee and is a
founder and co-conductor of the Northern Symphonic Winds.
||Dr. John Lindsey
Lindsey has been a faculty member at Crane since 1981 and holds degrees
in violin performance from the University of Illinois. An active
performer, he is Concertmaster of the Orchestra of Northern New York
and the Hanover (NH) Chamber Orchestra as well as first violinist with
the Ruggieri Chamber Soloists, the Potsdam Piano Quartet and the Aurora
Quintet. Professor Lindsey has performed violin recitals at the Weill
Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, the Bruno Walter Auditorium in New
Yorkís Lincoln Center as well as solo performances in Boston,
Chicago and Montreal. In 1989, he was awarded the City of Dayton
Allegro Residency from a field of over 200 applicants. Mr. Lindsey was
the 1993 recipient of the Potsdam College President's Award for
Excellence in Teaching, and in May of 2003, he received the prestigious
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
||Dr. James Madeja (Trumpet, Instrumental Music Education)
Madeja teaches studio trumpet and conducts the Crane Brass Ensemble in
addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in research
methods, curriculum development and instrumental music education. A
member of the faculty of the Crane School of Music since 1985, he
received his B.S., M.S. and EdD. Degrees in Music Education from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently serves as
conductor of Skyline Brass and performs with the Orchestra of Northern
New York and the Potsdam Brass Quintet. Dr. Madeja is also Associate
Editor of The Journal of the International Trumpet Guild.
||Dr. Peter McCoy
(Co-Chair in Music Education, Music Technology)
McCoy teaches courses in instrumental and general music methods and
technology. He has taught in public and private schools, performed,
conducted, and adjudicated nationally since 1985. Dr. McCoy received
the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Iowa State University and
the Master of Music and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University. He
is a regular presenter and clinician at national and regional
conferences on the topics of technology in music education,
classroom-based composing, and portfolio development. Dr. McCoy holds
membership in the International Trombone Association, Music Educators
National Conference, International Society for Music Education, Center
for Black Music Research, College Music Society, and Technology
Institute for Music Educators. He serves as a member of the Editorial
Review Board in Music of Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning
and Online Teaching (MERLOT). Dr. McCoy is immediate past-President of
the Crane Faculty Association and currently serves as Program
Administration Chairperson of the Department of Music Education as well
as Coordinator of Crane Technology.
||Mr. James Peterczak
Peterczak is head of the percussion area at the Crane School where he
teaches applied percussion and directs the award winning Crane
Percussion Ensemble. His students hold professional positions in
colleges, public schools , and in leading orchestras and ensembles
throughout the world. Jim is in demand as a performer, conductor,
clinician, consultant, as well as, a music industry personality and
visionary. He is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, University
Scholar, and a UUP "SUNY Best" award winner.
||Mr. David Pittman-Jennings
in Oklahoma, David Pittman-Jennings studied oboe and voice at the
University of Oklahoma and voice with Elisabeth Parham at California
State University in Northridge, California, before moving to Europe
where he began his thirty-year-long singing career. At ease in French,
German, Italian, and contemporary repertoires, he has sung Agamemnon
(IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE) in the Teatro alla Scala, Milan; Mandryka
(ARABELLA) in the Vienna State Opera, the Dresden State Opera, and in
Santa Fe; Moses (MOSES UND ARON) in Amsterdam, at the Salzburg
Festival, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Wozzeck in Buenos
Aires, Parma, Spoletto USA, Berlin, Santiago de Chile and Strasbourg;
the title role in Dallapiccola's Il PRIGIONIERO in Paris, at Camegie
Hall with the Montreal Symphony, in Tokyo with the NHK Orchestra;
Scarpia (TOSCA) in Buenos Aires, the Arena of Verona, the Puccini
Festival in Torre del Lago, and Bordeaux.
repertoire also includes Jochana'an (SALOME), Oreste (ELEKTRA),
Dutchman (FLIEGENDER HOLLANDER), Amfortas and Klingsor (PARSIFAL),
Kurwenal (TRISTAN UND ISOLDE), Germont (LA TRAVIATA), Rigoletto,
Amonasro (AIDA), Renato (BALL0 IN MASCHERA), Nabucco, Dr. Schoen
(LULU), and Balstrode (PETER GRIMES).
concert repertoire includes the REQUIEMS of Verdi, Brahms,
Fauré, and B.A.Zimmermann, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Mahler's
Eighth Symphony, Shostakovich's Thirteenth Symphony.
recordings include MOSES UND ARON (Deutsche Gramaphone with Pierre
Boulez), LA FIAMMA (Respighi), Verdi REQUIEM, Beethoven Ninth Symphony,
Krenek's KARL V, and von Reznicek's RITTER BLAUBART. He has taught
voice privately in Paris since 1996 and joined the faculty of the Crane
School of Music in September 2007.
||Dr. Raphael Sanders
Professor of Clarinet at the Crane School of Music, Dr. Raphael P.
Sanders, Jr. holds degrees from the University of Hawaii, the San
Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of North Texas.
Raphael's clarinet mentors include Robert Marcellus, David Breeden,
Henry Miyamura, and James Gillespie. Originally from Hawaii, Raphael
has performed with orchestras in San Francisco, Houston and New York
and has taught at the college level in Texas and Nevada. Raphael
performs regularly throughout the United States and abroad; having
recently returned from a 9-day residency in Canton (Guangzhou), China.
He is a member of the acclaimed group Texas Clarinet Consort, which has
performed in Sweden, Belgium, France, England, and Mexico. Raphael
performed his New York City debut recital in June 2005, and is
scheduled for New York City solo performances in Flushing, Douglaston,
and Manhattan in 2006. Raphael is a performing artist with Buffet
Crampon and conducts clinics and masterclasses throughout America: most
recently in a tour of Colorado. In 1997 Raphael established the I.C.A.
Orchestral Audition Competition.
||Dr. Paul Siskind
(Music Theory, Composition)
Siskind has had music commissioned and performed across the U.S. and
abroad by ensembles and performers such as the Minnesota Orchestra, the
Arditti String Quartet, the Dale Warland Singers, Continuum, and
Stephanie Blythe. His music is published by G. Schirmer, Cantando, and
Sweet Child Music, and has been recorded on the Innova, ERM, and New
Ariel labels. He has worked as a composer-in-residence for the
education department of Minnesota Opera, and as an auditor for the New
York State Council on the Arts. He is also active as an adjudicator and
presenter for the College Music Society, the Society of Composers Inc.,
the New York State School Music Association, and the Music Educators
National Conference. Dr. Siskind joined the Crane faculty in 1998, and
holds degrees in composition and theory from the University of
Minnesota (Ph.D.), Queens College (M.A.) and the Crane School of Music
(B.M.), as well as a B.S. in biology (Phi Beta Kappa) from Tufts
||Dr. David Smith
|Bio Coming Soon...
||Dr. Alan Solomon
(Dean of the Crane School of Music)
|Bio Coming Soon...
||Dr. Paul Steinberg
(Music Theory, Composition)
Steinberg is the Director of the Center for New Music Resources at
Crane. He holds degrees from New Mexico State University , Southern
Methodist University, and the University of Oklahoma . His teachers
include: Warner Hutchison, Alvin Epstein, Thom Mason and Michael
Dr.Steinberg is a composer who is the recipient of many awards for his
compositions. A woodwind doubler by training, Dr. Steinberg has written
extensively for instruments in various combinations in the woodwind
family. His interests include the combination of acoustical and
electronic media and he has written for and performed many works with
the New and Unusual Music Artists, a group that he helped establish in
||Dr. Tim Topolewski
(Professor Emeritus - Bands)
Topolewski is a Professor of Music at the Crane School where he
conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches conducting. Dr. Topolewski
earned his B.M.degree at Michigan State University , his M.M. at
Catholic University and his D.M.A. from the University of Illinois ,
Champaign-Urbana where his principal instructor and mentor was Harry
Begian. He has done additional conducting study with Herbert Blomstedt,
Music Director of the San Fransico Symphony. Dr. Topolewski has been a
soloist, conductor and lecturer in 38 of the United States , the major
cities of Mexico , Australia and Germany . He served for three years as
soloist and enlisted conductor with the Army Band and Orchestra in
Washington , D.C. Under his guidance the Crane Wind Ensemble has
recorded 2 CDs, toured Germany and given many premiere performances.
||Dr. Gregory Wanamaker
(Music Theory, Composition)
Wanamaker is a composer whose music explores and extends unique timbral
qualities of instruments and voices while maintaining lyric and
dramatic characteristics commonly associated with works of earlier
eras. The winner of numerous awards from the American Society of
Composers, Authors and Publishers; National Association of Composers,
USA; and Britten-on-the-Bay; Wanamaker's music has been performed
throughout the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe by
performers including the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, The Gregg Smith
Singers, Timothy McAllister, Ensemble Radieuse, New and Unusual Music
Artists, and the Society for New Music. His most recent successes
include the release of Triaria on Ensemble Radieuse's premiere CD Inbox
(KCM Records). The Tallahassee Democrat called his Duo Sonata for alto
saxophone and clarinet "...cutting edge music..." after its
choreographed performance by the Tallahassee Ballet. Wanamaker's best
known work to date is his Sonata deus sax machina which, after its
premiere at the 2000 World Saxophone Congress, has received frequent
performances and much acclaim throughout North America and Europe .
Wanamaker is currently Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at
the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and serves as Chair of the
Crane Festival of NEWMUSIC.
||Dr. Robert Washburn
Washburn is Dean Emeritus and Senior Fellow in Music at the Crane
School of Music at the State University of New York Potsdam. He
received a B. Mus. from Potsdam and a Ph.D. degree in composition from
the Eastman School of Music under a grant from the Danforth Foundation.
Dr. Washburn later studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and Darius
Milhaud at the Aspen Music School . He held a year-long Ford Foundation
Grant in composition, a Juilliard Repertory Project commission, a Meet
The Composer commission, a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, and a
grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a Fulbright
Fellow in Cairo , Egypt in 1986. Washburn composed music for the
opening ceremonies of the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics which was
broadcast over ABC-TV. He has conducted his works with major U.S.
symphonies and numerous college and high school organizations. His
published compositions number over 150 and they are frequently heard
throughout North America , Europe , Australia , and the Middle and Far
East . They are recorded on the Toshiba-EMI, Crystal , Mark, Clavier
and Golden Crest labels.
||Dr. Alan Woy
(Professor Emeritus - Clarinet)
Woy is Professor Emeritus of Music at the Crane School and has been on
the faculty since 1971. Although recently retired from full-time
teaching, he will continue to teach studio clarinet. Dr. Woy earned his
B.M. degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and both a M.M. and
D.M.A. degrees from the University of Colorado in Boulder . Dr. Woy is
principal clarinet of the Orchestra of Northern New York and a charter
member of NUMA (New and Unusual Music Artists), a resident faculty
contemporary music ensemble.