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Crane hosting wind music epert for weeklong guest artist residency

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POTSDAM - SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will welcome guest artist-in-residence Frank Battisti to campus next week. The award-winning music educator and wind music expert will present a lecture and work with classes and ensembles from Monday to March 14.

This is the inaugural guest artist residency to be underwritten by the Band Guest Artist Fund, which was established by Col. Thomas H. Palmatier ‘75, Crane alumnus and leader and commander of the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.”

Additional support comes from the Rebekah C. Covell Band Program Fund, provided by Professor Emerita Rebekah C. Covell.

Battisti will present a lecture demonstration entitled “Score Study: Music, Imagination and Marking” at 6 p.m. Monday in the Ralph Wakefield Recital Hall.

He will also participate in a panel discussion on “Characterizing Leadership in Today’s School Ensemble” with the Crane student chapter of the National Association for Music Education from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 14 in the Crane Commons.

All events are free, and the public is invited to attend.

Here is an overview of Battisti’s residency:

■ Monday: Speaks about “Large Ensembles in the Music Classroom” and elementary wind practices from noon to 12:50 p.m., in Crane Room C119. Works on score study in action with the Crane Concert Band and student conductors from 4 to 4:50 p.m. in Crane Room C107. He will present a public lecture demonstration entitled “Score Study: Music, Imagination and Marking” at 6 p.m. in Wakefield Hall.

■ Tuesday: Battisti will discuss “Repertoire: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going” and wind band literature from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in Crane Room B115. He will work on score study with the Crane Symphonic Band and student conductors from 3 to 3:50 p.m. in Room C107.

■ Wednesday: Speaks about repertoire and programming related to secondary wind practices at 9 a.m. in Room C119. Works with the Crane Concert Band and student conductors from 4 to 4:50 p.m. in Room C107. Battisti will meet with faculty, students, area music educators and community members at 6:45 p.m. in the lobby of the Sara M. Snell Music Theater, before the Potsdam Brass Quintet concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

■ Thursday: Works with the Crane Symphonic Band and student conductors from 3 to 3:50 p.m. in Room C107. Battisti will then participate in a panel discussion on “Characterizing Leadership in Today’s School Ensemble” with the Crane student chapter of the National Association for Music Education from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Crane Commons, led by NAFME President Brandon Carroll.

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