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Dr. Carleen Graham is Professor of Opera and Music Theatre at The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam where she has directed the award-winning Crane Opera Ensemble since 1991. She is also the Executive Director for the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, a new summer program for emerging professionals that takes place in May each year.
Guest stage direcing highlights include the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, Curso Internasional de Musica Vocal in Aveiro, Portugal, Baltimore Summer Opera Workshop at Morgan State University, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center, Berkshire Opera Company, and Central City Opera.
Recent productions at Potsdam include L'incoronazione di Poppea, Amahl & the Night Visitors (winner of the 2012 American Prize for Operatic Performance), On The Town (American College Theatre Festival Reg 1 award for outstanding musical ensemble), L'Enfant et les Sortileges (winner of The 2011 American Prize for Operatic Performance), L'Egisto (1st place winner of the National Opera Association div 2 collegiate opera production competition), Albert Herring, and Gianni Schicchi.
Dr. Graham is winner of the 2009 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the SUNY-Potsdam's 2006 Excellence in Teaching Award, and the 2007 SUNY Potsdam Fundraising Volunteer Award. She was Director of the SUNY Potsdam Center for Undergraduate Research from 2010-2013.
She is a frequent presenter at conferences including The National Opera Association, The College Music Society, The National Association of Schools of Music, National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA). She has articles published in The Journal of Singing, The Opera America Perspectives Series and Educationlink and Classical Singer Magazine. Her research interests include Opera Pedagogy and Opera Education Outreach/Advocacy.
Dr. Graham earned an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University; a Master of Music and Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory; and a Bachelor of Music Education from Ohio University-Athens.