Crane School of Music to open arts festival with ‘historic’ concert April 30

SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will mark the college’s bicentennial with a concert it is calling “historic” to open the 2016 Lougheed-Kofoed Festival of the Arts. [Read more…]

Associate professor at Crane School of Music plans swan song

Paul Wyse, an associate professor at SUNY Potsdam, plays the piano Tuesday at SUNY Potsdam’s Proscenium Theater while preparing for a farewell concert Wednesday in the theater. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Paul Wyse, an associate professor at SUNY Potsdam, plays the piano Tuesday at SUNY Potsdam’s Proscenium Theater while preparing for a farewell concert Wednesday in the theater. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Paul D. Wyse, an associate professor at the Crane School of Music, is leaving after 15 years at SUNY Potsdam when his contract ends at the end of the year. [Read more…]

5 Things Friday events calendar – Sept. 25

Happy Friday!

Shopping

1. Used book sale

When: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Lewis County General Hospital, 7785 N. State St., Lowville.
What: Includes books, cookbooks, DVDs, VHS, CDs, cassettes.
Cost: Dependent on item.
INFO: 408-2252.

Friday / Lowville

2. Farmers market

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Lewis County Fairgrounds, 5485 Bostwick St., Lowville.
What: Includes local produce and fruits, jewelry, hats, scarves and prints, wood crafts, wood furniture, baked goods, leather goods, and more.
Cost: Dependent on item.
INFO: Lowville Farmer’s Market; 783-8642.

Saturday / Lowville

3. Fall craft and flea market

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday .
Where: Donald Martin Civic Center, Pine Street, Waddington.
What: Hosted by Waddington Fish and Game Club. Antiques, crafts, jewelry, wood art, cloth goods, home decor and more.
Cost: $1 donation; ages 15 and younger, free.
INFO: 388-4251.

Saturday / Waddington

4. 29th annual antique show and sale

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday .
Where: Madrid-Waddington High School, 2582 state Route 345, Madrid.
What: Lunch slated to be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m..
Cost: $3.

Saturday / Madrid

5. Sampling Syracuse food tours

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Throughout downtown Syracuse.
What: Three-hour walking tour stops at award-winning restaurants in downtown Syracuse.
Cost: $39.
INFO: Sampling Syracuse food tours, (800) 979-3370.

Saturday / Syracuse

Fundraising

1. Bake sale

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: O.D. Greene Lumber, 10799 U.S. Route 11, Adams.
What: Benefits Rodman Community Church.
Cost: Dependent on item.
INFO: Rodman Community Church, 658-4797; O.D. Greene Lumber, 232-4800.

Saturday / Adams

2. North Country Challenge

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Oswegatchie Education Center, 9340 Long Pond Road, Croghan.
What: Registration slated for 9 a.m.; race, 10 a.m. Four mile race and two mile fun run/walk. Benefits Northern New York Community Foundation, Food Bank of Central New York and New York FFA.
Cost: Four-mile, $50; four-mile youth, $25; two-mile, $30.
INFO: Sign up here; North Country Challenge Facebook.

Saturday / Croghan

3. Walk for Suicide Prevention

When: 11 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Thompson Park, Watertown.
What: Registration slated for 11 a.m.; walk, noon. Benefits critical research and education programs to fight suicide.
INFO: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Vicki Hill, 221-1240 or vic059@hotmail.com.

Saturday / Watertown

4. Alpaca farm open house

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Home Again Farm, 37098 Schell Road, Theresa.
What: To benefit Theresa Food Pantry, Theresa Youth Group and 4-H Program. Hand spinners, demonstrations, alpaca obstacle course, baby alpacas, food stand, music, alpaca yarn and clothing.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Farm, 628-5302.

Saturday & Sunday / Theresa

5. Benefit for Mike Loftus

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Watertown Elks Lodge, 728 Bradley St., Watertown.
What: Barbecue chicken, pulled pork dinners, 50/50 raffle, children’s section with characters and activities. Live music by Tough Luck, Wagoner’s Agenda, FOGG, Hat Trick. To offset medical expenses following diagnosis of an inoperable malignant tumor that is attached to his spine and into his lungs.
INFO: Click here to donate; Facebook event page.

Sunday / Watertown

Community

1. Local Living Festival

When: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Corner of Main and Park Streets, Canton.
What: Presented by Local Living Venture. Workshops, demonstrations, exhibitors, children’s activities.
INFO: Click here for more info; 347-4223.

Saturday / Canton

2. Fall Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Camp Laurent, 6993 State Highway 37, Ogdensburg.
What: Includes making a scarecrow or ghost, mini hay ride, crafts, games and more.
Cost: $4; family, $14.
INFO: Camp Laurent, 854-6677; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Ogdensburg

3. OkTUPPERfest

When: 11 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Big Tupper Lake Ski Area, 485 Big Tupper Road, Tupper Lake.
What: Sponsored by Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce. Food, live music, adult beverages, free chair lift rides, helicopter rides, children’s activities, craft fair.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce, (518) 359-3328.

Saturday / Tupper Lake

4. Eighth annual Cape Vincent Oktoberfest

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Cape Vincent Village Green, Broadway Street, Cape Vincent.
What: Featuring Autumn farmers market, German food, beverages and dancing.
Cost: $20 (must show ID at door); band tent, $5.
INFO: Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce, 654-2481.

Saturday / Cape Vincent

5. Sixth annual Model Train, Toy and Collectible Expo

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Massena Arena, St. Regis Boulevard, Massena.
What: Operating model train layouts, vendors, clinic on model railroad scenery. Miniature train rides, weather permitting. Concession food stand available.
Cost: $4; ages 9 and younger, free.
INFO: Jim Shaw, 769-2088.

Saturday & Sunday / Massena

Performance

1. Crane Songs: A Bicentennial Celebration of Band Music

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Helen M. Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam.
What: Presented by Crane Wind Ensemble.
Cost: Call for details
INFO: Crane School of Music, 267-2000.

Friday / Potsdam

2. 18th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival

When: 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid.
What: Festival spread across six continents.
Cost: $15.
INFO: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, (518) 523-2512.

Friday / Lake Placid

3. Cirque de la Symphonie

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Crouse Hinds Theater, 800 S. State St., Syracuse.
What: With conductor Sean O’Loughlin.
Cost: $36 to $65.
INFO: Symphoria, 299-5598.

Saturday / Syracuse

4. 9 to 5

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Central New York Playhouse, ShoppingTown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse.
What: Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Book by Patricia Resnick. Based on 20th Century Fox Picture.
Cost: Fridays and Saturdays, $25; Sunday, $22.
INFOCNY Playhouse, 885-8960.

All weekend / Syracuse

5. 2015 Clayton Jazz Fest

When: Friday through Sunday.
Where: Throughout Clayton.
What: Friday, Sept. 25: Jazz on the Green, afternoon, 1000 Island Harbor Hotel; and Clayton Night, afternoon, local businesses and restaurants. Saturday, Sept. 26: Jazz on the River, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Clayton Pavilion; New Orleans Night, 7:30 p.m., Clayton Opera House. Sunday, Sept. 27: Jazz Brunches, morning, closing party, 3 p.m., 1000 Island Hotel.
Cost: Dependent on event.
INFO: Clayton Jazz Festival, (561) 508-5737.

All weekend / Clayton

Learning

1. SLU lecture series: Kenneth Johnson

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Bloomer Auditorium, Brown Hall, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton.
What: Part of St. Lawrence University Lecture Series.
Cost: Free.
INFO: St. Lawrence University, 229-5851.

Friday / Canton

2. Coffee tasting and book signing

When: 10 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Coffee Fever, 4256 State Highway 3, Star Lake.
What: Gourmet coffee tasting highlighting coffee from St. Lawrence Valley Roasters. Author Matthew Glavin signing copies of his books, “Adirondack Treasure – The Bonaparte Legacy” and “Adirondack Treasure – Isle Royale.”
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Coffee Fever, 848-4166.

Saturday / Star Lake

3. Family Wellness Day

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Lockwood Arena, 141 West River St., Ogdensburg.
What: Sponsored by Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center. Free jump ropes, face painting, balloon twisting, healthy snacks, 18-foot slide, bouncie house, balloon bouncer, joust area, obstacle course, sports arena, free health screenings for adults.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, 393-3600.

Saturday / Ogdensburg

4. Thompson Park Zoo Animal Event

When: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Ainsworth Memorial Library, 6064 S. Main St., Sandy Creek.
What: Theme: Nature is Sense-Sational. Meet local animals looking for adoption from the United Friends of Homeless Animals following program.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Zoo, 782-6180.

Saturday / Sandy Creek

5. Seventh annual Sandy Feldstein music business roundtable

When: 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Proscenium Theater, Performing Arts Center, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam.
What: Scheduled panelists: Robert Breithaupt (Department Chair, Jazz Studies/Music Industry and Director of Percussion, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio), Jack Knight (President, Samson Technologies, Hauppage, NY) and David McAllister (Vice President, Jam Industries Ltd., Montreal, QC).
Cost: Free.
INFO: SUNY Potsdam, 267-2000.

Saturday / Potsdam

Need more NNY? Check out the Watertown Daily Times events calendar for the extensive list.

5 Things Friday events calendar – Sept. 18

Happy Friday!

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For sale

1. Craft sale

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.
Where: Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, 214 King St., Ogdensburg.
What: Hosted by Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Crafters. Featuring fall and Halloween items. Benefits hospital auxiliary.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, 393-1559.

Friday / Ogdensburg

2. Annual autumn showcase bazaar

When: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Where: Potsdam United Methodist Church, 26 Main St., Potsdam.
What: Baked potato dinner slated for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Cost: Dinner, $7.
INFO: Church, 265-7474.

Friday & Saturday / Potsdam

3. Book sale

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Norwood Village Green, 7 Bernard Ave., Norwood.
What: Sponsored by The Friends of the Norwood Public Library. All purchases go toward library programs and services.
Cost: Select books will be $2/bag; other books priced as marked.
INFO: Church, 265-7474.

Saturday / Norwood

4. Potsdam Food Co-op open house

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Potsdam Food Co-op & Carriage House Bakery, 24 Elm St., Potsdam.
What: Celebrates co-op’s 4-year anniversary. Featuring food, music, face painting, art stations and more.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Co-op, 265-4630.

Saturday / Potsdam

5. Alexandria Bay wine festival and farmer's market

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Scenic View Park, Sisson St., Alexandria Bay.
What: Hosted by Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce and local businesses. Featuring live music.
Cost: Admission for participation in tastings, $10.
INFO: Chamber, 482-9531.

Saturday / Alexandria Bay

Festivals

1. NNY Veterans and Community Day

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Jefferson Community College gym, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown.
What: Learn about services for veterans, nutrition assistance, healthcare, disability, housing/homeless, education, aging, more. Children’s activities. Free refreshments.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Deb Baxter, 350-1412.

Saturday / Watertown

2. Cream Cheese Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Downtown Lowville.
What: Game Schedule: Painting the Cream Cheese Mural, all day, and Lowville Fire Hall Parking Lot; Feed Bag Shot Put Individual, noon to 1 p.m., Cream Cheese Plinko Individual, 1 to 2 p.m., Amazing Pet Contest, 2 to 3 p.m., “Lick it Clean” Individual, 3 to 4 p.m., Milk the Cow Individual, 4 to 5 p.m., and The Heaviest Catch (Team of Two), 5 to 6 pm., all at Key Bank Parking Lot.; Children’s events (held on South State Street): Hay Fever Individual, noon to 1 p.m., Milk the Cow Individual, 1 to 2 p.m., Cream Cheese Shoot Out Individual, 2 to 3 p.m., “Lick it Clean” Individual, 3 to 4 p.m., Dress Like a Farmer Individual, 4 to 5 p.m., and The Heaviest Catch (Team of Two), 5 to 6 p.m.; Music Line-up: Lewis County open Mike Night, 11 a.m. to noon, opening ceremony, noon to 12:30 p.m., Panigma Steel Drum Band, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Funky Blu Roots, 2:30 to 4 p.m., and Gray Matter, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Cream Cheese Festival; Roger Abbey, 376-8688; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Lowville

3. Syracuse Gun Show

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Expo Center, New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse.
What: More than 800 exhibits and displays.
Cost: Admission per day: $6; ages 11 and younger (with parents), free; senior citizens, $5.
INFO: Syracuse Gun Show.

Saturday & Sunday / Syracuse

4. 18th annual vintage and classic street meet

When: Beginning 9:30 a.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. Sunday.
Where: Mary, Merrick and Graves Streets, and Village Park Circle, Clayton.
What: Includes farmer’s market, crafters, artisans, food vendors. Check online for more details and schedule.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 686-3771.

Saturday & Sunday / Clayton

5. Fall Jamboree

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Ontario Orchards Farm, 7735 state Route 104, Oswego.
What: Includes food, games, corn maze, wagon rides, magic shows, wine tastings, u-pick apples and pumpkins, farm animals and more.
Cost: Free parking and admission.
INFO: Ontario Orchards, 343-6328.

Saturday & Sunday / Sterling

Learning

1. Guest lecture: Female Serial Killers: What We Know

When: 3 p.m. Friday.
Where: Kellas Hall, Room 103, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam.
What: Sponsored by SUNY Potsdam Department of Psychology. Lecture by Dr. Marissa Harrison, associate professor of psychology at Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg.
Cost: Free.
INFO: SUNY Potsdam, 267-2000.

Friday / Potsdam

2. War of 1812 Heritage Talks

When: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Eben Holden Conference Center, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton.
What: Six speakers.
Cost: $9 general admission includes talks, continental breakfast and boxed lunch.
INFO: Fort La Présentation Association; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Canton

3. Introduction to Facebook

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St., Watertown.
What: Aims to teach basics of Facebook.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Library, 785-7705.

Saturday / Watertown

4. Magical Mystery Tour: A Guided Walk Through a Developing Edible Forest Garden

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Wellesley Island.
What: Host Dani Baker plans to describe the process of planning and planting varieties of edible perennial plants in an accessible arrangement that is both pleasing to the eye and to the palate. RSVP required: LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com or 347-4223. Cosponsored by Cross Island Farms and Local Living Venture.
Cost: $17; couple, $30; student, $10.
INFO: SUNY Potsdam, 267-2000.

Saturday / Wellesley Island

5. Wes Moore talk and book signing

When: 6 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Cheel Arena, Clarkson University, 8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam.
What: Book signing slated for 6 to 6:30 p.m.; talk, 7 p.m. Mr. Moore is an Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur and host of “Beyond Belief” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Clarkson University, 268-4483.

Sunday / Potsdam

Performance

1. Gary Lewis and The Playboys

When: 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: Bonnie Castle Resort, 31 Holland St., Alexandria Bay.
What: Proceeds benefit 1 World Foundation.
Cost: $30; gold tickets (includes reserved seating and Uncle Sam boat cruise), $50.
INFO: Bonnie Castle Resort, 482-4511.

Friday / Alexandria Bay

2. Big Fish

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Where: Red House Arts Center, 201 S West St., Syracuse.
What: Musical by Andrew Lippa. Directed by Stephen Svoboda.
Cost: $30; members, $25.
INFO: Red House Arts Center, 362-2785.

Friday & Saturday / Syracuse

3. Dance event with NYC choreographer JoAnna Mendl Shaw

When: Noon and 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Crane Plaza, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam.
What: Two performances. Chairs available or bring your own.
Cost: Free.
INFO: SUNY Potsdam, 267-2918.

Saturday / Potsdam

4. Rhythm Riders Band

When: 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6912, 7752 W. State St., Lowville.
What: Food will be available.
Cost: $5.
INFO: VFW Post 6912, 376-2733.

Saturday / Lowville

5. Adirondack Music, Art & Food Festival

When: All weekend.
Where: View Arts Center, 3273 state Route 28, Old Forge.
What: Includes food, art and workshops and live music.
Cost: All access pass, $150; check online for individual event ticket prices.
INFO: View Arts Center, 369-6411.

All weekend / Old Forge

Get moving

. 12th Annual Walk-A-Thon

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Amvets Post 265, 5 Catherine St., Parishville.
What: Benefits Hospice of St. Lawrence County and the Potsdam Animal Shelter and Paws with a Cause. Sponsored by The Amvets Ladies Auxiliary. Sign-in slated for 9 a.m.; walk, 9:30 a.m.
Cost: $10.
INFO: Amvets Post 265, 268-0851.

Saturday / Parishville

. Colton Fun Run

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Colton Town Hall, 94 Main St., Colton.
What: Registration slated for 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Two-mile walk/run. Free beverages. Block party slated for noon to 7 p.m. at the  Raquette River Pub, 102 Main St., Colton.
Cost: $10.
INFO: Town of Colton.

Saturday / Colton

. The Backpack Run

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Theresa Primary School, 125 Bridge St., Theresa.
What: 5 and 10K routes to benefit the Backpack Program at Indian River Central School District. Registration slated for 7:30 a.m.; races, 9 a.m.
Cost: 5K, $20; 10K, $25.
INFO: The Backpack Run; Lia Call at Indian River Middle School, 493-4938 or liacall@ircsd.org.

Saturday / Theresa

. Ninth annual Cheese Chase

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Fores Park Pavilion, Lewis County Fairgrounds, 5485 Bostwick St., Lowville.
What: 5K run. Registration slated for 7:30 a.m.; run start, 9 a.m. Looped course. Benefits USO Fort Drum.
Cost: $20; miliary, $15.
INFO: Facebook event page.

Saturday / Lowville

. Stan Bach & Martha Strouse Memorial Ride

When:10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Where: FX Caprara Harley-Davidson, 17890 Goodnough Road, Adams Center.
What: Kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. Meal included. Ends at O’Brien’s Restaurant, 226 Webb St., Clayton. Proceeds benefit local families battling cancer.
Cost: Driver, $20; rider, $15.
INFO: 686-1110, 778-9477 or 583-6177.

Saturday / Adams Center

Not enough NNY? Check out the Watertown Daily Times calendar for more events.

Five Things Friday – May 22

Happy Friday, Memorial Day and, for a lot of us, long weekend! Get out there and enjoy the festivities, enjoy the holiday and enjoy the north country!

 

Music and Art

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Spring 2015: News & Notes

North country writer releases new series

Jennifer Donnelly released her first book in the “The Waterfire Saga” series, a project quite different from her past literary works, which have ranged from historical fiction set in the Adirondacks “A Northern Light,” 2004, to a young girl caught up in the French Revolution, “Revolution,” 2010. [Read more…]

Five Things Friday – Feb. 13

Happy Friday!

Whether you’re looking for a romantic outing for you and your sweetie, an outdoor event for you and your buds or just something fun and different for yourself, the north country has it all.

Love is in the air

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Five Things Friday – October 17

5thingsfriday-logoREDHappy Friday! With only two weeks left until Halloween, and winter lingering somewhere around the corner, the north country has a few last fair weather hurrahs in store for us this weekend. If you’ve already had enough of the cool weather for the season (it’s OK to admit it – we already miss summer too!), we’ve got a handful of indoor happenings as well! There’s something for everyone this weekend. And don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page and take a look at the map of what’s going on! Check it out… [Read more…]

Crane front and center on music education stage

Dean of the Crane School of Music Michael Sitton

Dean of the Crane School of Music Michael Sitton

Dean Michael Sitton on the school’s unique learning approach

Julia Crane founded SUNY Potsdam’s renowned Crane School of Music in 1886 as one of the first national institutions dedicated to preparing students to teach music in public schools. Crane continues that mission of superb music instruction today, with 590 undergraduate and 30 graduate students and a faculty of 70 teachers and professional staff. The campus hosts more than 300 vibrant recitals, lectures and concerts by faculty, students and guest artists each year at three prestigious concert venues.

We sat down with Crane’s Dean, Michael R. Sitton, who was appointed to the position in 2009, to find out how the school continues to attract high-caliber students and performers and position students to be at the forefront of the music world as educators and performers. Mr. Sitton previously served as dean of fine arts at Eastern New Mexico University and as a faculty member and administrator at Hollins University in Virginia.

He is also an accomplished pianist and composer who holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and literature from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor’s degree from Mars Hill College, in his home state of North Carolina.

NNYL: What percentage of Crane students are studying to be music educators versus performers? How much do those curriculums align? What about music business?

SITTON: Crane began as “the birthplace of music education in America,” and continues to hold the preparation of music teachers as critical to its mission, while it has added other programs over the years. Roughly 60 to 70 percent of our students are pursuing degrees in music education, with the next highest percentage, in the 20 to 30 percent range, in performance. Music business is next, a growing program now that well over 10 percent of our students are pursuing. Those numbers may not seem to quite add up correctly; that’s because a significant number of our students choose to double major, for example in music education and performance or in performance and music business. Music business has been at Crane for almost 15 years and it is enrolling, through different major and minor options, an annually increasing number of students. Many students in the music education or performance majors are recognizing that business skills are to their advantage in the competitive marketplace, so are adding music business as a double major or as a minor. [Read more…]

51 things every NNYer should know

The 1937 ceremony when the Thousand Islands Bridge first opened. Photo courtesy of TI Bridge Archives

Whether you’re a transplant or a native, a seasonal resident or a year-rounder, there is much to learn about the north country. Here are some basic facts to help you discover the depth of our region.

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