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.
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.