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SUNY Potsdam is a small coeducational liberal arts college in Potsdam NY. This unit of the State University of New York is most widely noted for its teacher education programs and as the home of The Crane School of Music.

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UpNorth Forum
Crossing Borders Festival at SUNY Potsdam
In the Crossing Borders Festival at SUNY Potsdam, world-class scholars, policymakers, journalists, artists and performers address globalization issues in over 100 events.
Audio Slideshow
The Mikado: Crane Opera Ensemble and Orchestra
The Crane Opera Ensemble and Orchestra presented the classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, The Mikado, a spoof of all things imperial, in Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam. NCPR Morning host Todd Moe is beneath the great hat.
Located next to Snell Music Theatre, the $55-million Performing Arts Center is the first new academic building at SUNY Potsdam in decades.   It was designed by Lorenzo Matti, of Pfeiffer Partners Architects, New York City.   Photo: Todd Moe
Located next to Snell Music Theatre, the $55-million Performing Arts Center is the first new academic building at SUNY Potsdam in decades. It was designed by Lorenzo Matti, of Pfeiffer Partners Architects, New York City. Photo: Todd Moe

SUNY-Potsdam raises the curtain on its new Performing Arts Center

Dance and theater students at SUNY Potsdam will return to a new Performing Arts Center later this month. The $55-million facility is the first new academic building at SUNY Potsdam in decades. Construction on the building began in 2010 and it was officially unveiled to students and the community at a ribbon-cutting ceremony last month. It will house the Department of Theater and Dance and includes two theaters, a dance performance space and costume, scenery and lighting design labs.

Todd Moe took a tour as contractors completed interior work and faculty were still finding their way around its halls.  Go to full article
The Orchestra of Northern New York, Northern Choral Society and Potsdam Community Chorus at First Presbyterian Church in Watertown in October, 2012.  Photo: Northern Choral Society

Preview: ONNY's "A Holiday Festival" concert series

Holiday favorites and local choirs will be featured in the Orchestra of Northern New York's annual holiday concert this weekend. ONNY will perform its "Holiday Festival" in Potsdam on Friday night, Watertown on Saturday night and at the Massena high school auditorium on Sunday afternoon. Sunday's concert is presented by Massena Music Friends and will feature the high school choir with the Orchestra. Todd Moe spoke with ONNY music director Ken Andrews.  Go to full article
Potsdam composer Robert Washburn. Photo: SUNY Potsdam

Remembering composer Bob Washburn and music for the Lake Placid Olympics

You probably don't hear his music everyday, but Bob Washburn was a cherished resident of the North Country, and a household name among many musicians, band directors teachers and composers.

Washburn, who died last week at 85 in Ogdensburg, received numerous awards, and his music was performed around the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and at the White House for the President and Mrs. Kennedy.

Washburn was a former Dean and a Professor Emeritus at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. In 1980, he was commissioned to write music for the Lake Placid Winter Olympics.

As a remembrance, we share some of Bob Washburn's memories of being a student at Crane in the 1940s and writing music for the Olympics. He told Todd Moe that Olympics officials decided to tap a team of local composers at SUNY Potsdam to write new music for the games.  Go to full article
Composer Robert Washburn at the podium. Photo: SUNY Potsdam

Music and conversation with Potsdam composer Robert Washburn

Note: This conversation first aired February 21, 2005. We share it again upon news of the composer's death an age 85 this week.

You probably don't...  Go to full article

"Subversive gardening" on World Food Day

Today is World Food Day, a day to think about hunger and food insecurity around the world and in our backyard.

High school students from around the North Country...  Go to full article
Art Sennett, holding a sculpture. Photo: Sarah Harris

Art Sennett: Making magic with clay

For 35 years, Art Sennett taught ceramics at SUNY Potsdam. He inspired generations of students to work with clay and create art. And he made a lot of his own pottery from raw...  Go to full article
Lonel Woods and Julie Miller, faculty members at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, will perform songs from the Civil War on Saturday night in Dekalb Junction.  Photo:  Todd Moe

Remembering the canons, not cannons, of the Civil War

The music of the Civil War era is more than marches and bugle calls. Baritone Lonel Woods and pianist Julie Miller will perform songs from the Civil War at the Meeting House...  Go to full article
Cuomo waits to make his pitch for tax free SUNY zones yesterday in Buffalo. Photo: Ashley Hassett

Start-ups near SUNY campuses could have ten tax-free years

Governor Andrew Cuomo and his cabinet are hitting the road to push his proposal to create tax-free zones for businesses that set up shop on or near public college campuses in...  Go to full article
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam on Saturday, at 7:30pm.   Photo:  LAGQ

Preview: LAGQ in Potsdam

The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will perform music of Japan, Cuba, Spain and Latin America in a concert Saturday night in SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Hall. The...  Go to full article
SUNY Potsdam's ChaRon Brabham during a rehearsal for the Oscars. Photo: The Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Among the stars at the Oscars

A SUNY Potsdam theater student was among six college students on stage during the Oscars last Sunday night. ChaRon Brabham, from Brooklyn, was one of the winners of The...  Go to full article

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