State University of New York at Potsdam - Crane School of Music

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Crane provides a balance of performance and pedagogy. Whether you aspire to be an orchestral harpist, soloist, educator, researcher or all of these, learning how to teach will deepen your own musicianship. Collegiate harpists work with young students of varying ages in the National String Project in order to study and practice(!) pedagogy.  Crane supports double majors, both within and outside of music, and encourages undergraduate research through the Honors and Presidential Scholars programs.

Type of School
Music and Arts Degrees Offered
Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Music, Master of Arts, Performance Diploma or Certificate
Harp instructors:
Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis
Number of harp students enrolled in 2020-2021
Lessons available for non-majors?
Harp minor offered?
Number of school harps:
Space provided for personal harps?
This program is best suited for students who ________.
wish to pursue music as a career and also desire a strong liberal arts foundation.
What sets this program apart from others is ________.
Dr. S-P is one of just a few full-time profs. in harp. This allows daily teaching/coaching/mentoring
Students who graduate from this school go on to ________.
Princ. harp/full-time orch, competitions, private/school teaching, mus. therapy, adv. perf. degrees
The three words that best describe this school's environment are ________.
Exciting, Stimulating, Supportive!
More Information

Opportunities to perform with the Crane Symphony and Opera Orchestras, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble, Latin Ensemble and many chamber music groups including the Crane Harp Ensemble, an award-winning group that tours and produced the CD Fifteen Minutes of Fame.
Dr. Suchy-Pilalis has performed extensively both in the U.S. and abroad as a recitalist and soloist with orchestra. She holds advanced degrees in music performance and theory from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Eastman School of Music and Indiana University. She is principal harpist of the Orchestra of Northern New York and is a featured soloist on their CD, Invitation to the Dance. She serves on the board of the Historical Harp Society and has been on the editorial board of the American Harp Journal. She has presented at the World Harp Congress and at American Harp Society Summer Institutes and conferences. Her harp-related research has been published in the American Harp Journal and Grove Music Online.

Updated for 2021-2022
Crane Harp Ensemble 2013_406.jpg 3 years ago
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