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Public invited to free concert

Dan McClelland

SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music invites the public to enjoy Potsdam Community Chorus at 3 pm on Sunday, April 22, in Helen M. Hosmer Hall.  The concert is free. The chorus welcomes donations to help support its musical programming.
Musical director and conductor Matthew Gayle will lead the 70-voice mixed chorus in a program entitled “Life’s Journey.”  The program explores some of the most universal human experiences through a variety of contemporary multicultural pieces. Gayle says that he hopes the choir’s music will communicate a message of social harmony and positivity.
The concert will feature Raina Anderson, Erin Gingrich, John Lynch, Gabrielle McCormack, and Anna Rosen on vocal solos, as well as Rose Diolallevi on violin and Catie Dominy on percussion. Student conductor Alanna Pinard-Brace will lead the group in Randall Thompson’s arrangement of “The Road Not Taken.” The chorus' accompanist is Gerrie McGrath.
Gayle is a vocal and general music teacher at AA Kingston Middle School in Potsdam.
Now in its 17th year, the chorus is comprised of students at area colleges and community members from across St. Lawrence County. All voice parts are invited to practice and perform music in a variety of styles from many eras. Rehearsals are from 7 to 9:30 pm Mondays. The spring season began with rehearsals in late January. For more information, contact Gayle at

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Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-Steinway institution.