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John R. Lindsey
John Lindsey holds the highest rank for a SUNY faculty member, the State University of New York's Distinguished Service Professorship, presented to him in 2009. Professor Lindsey has been on the violin faculty at Crane since 1981. In 1993 he was awarded the SUNY Potsdam President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and, in 2003, the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor's Award, also for Excellence in Teaching. In 1973, he was presented with the annual Mozart Award by Wilkes College (now King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA). Mr. Lindsey was recognized by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England, with the 2003 International Musician of the Year Award and with the Mozart Award for Musical Achievement in the fall of 2008. In 1989, he was selected from over 200 applicants as the winner of the city of Dayton, Ohio's, Annual Allegro Residency for the Arts.
John Lindsey has been the Concertmaster of the Orchestra of Northern New York for 26 years and the Eleva (VT) Chamber Players, a string orchestra founded in 2006, which plays without a conductor. He has been the first violinist of the Aurora String Quintet for 27 years and the violinist of the Potsdam Piano Quartet for 18 years. In the summer, John is on the Artist Faculty of the Woodstock (VT) Mozart Festival (since 1998). Formerly he was on the faculty of the Canna (Italy) Festival, the Stage de Musique in Marcillat, (France), the Skaneateles Festival (NY), the Southeastern Music Camp (GA), the Manitou Festival (MI), the National Music Camp and Adult Chamber Music camp (MI), the International Chamber Music Festival and Tour 2008 in Bulgaria, and the Ameropa Festival in Prague (CZ). For the summer of 2014, he has been invited to be on the Artist Faculty of the Vianden Festival in Luxembourg.
During a teaching career spanning 43 years, he has been Chairman of Strings at Baylor University (TX), The Governor's School of North Carolina, The University of Kentucky, and the Crane School of Music. In the spirit of his gifted pedagogue teacher, Paul Rolland, Professor Lindsey has presented master classes in numerous locations for many years. Since 1994, he has been heavily involved in a variety of capacities in the string program for the Caribbean island of St. Lucia's School of Music. He presented recitals and master classes in June, 2011 at the Shenyang Conservatory in the People's Republic of China. In January, 2013, he was artist teacher for the Philharmonica Joven de Colombia at their Winter Festival in Santa Marta, Colombia. Along with his wife Amornrat, he founded the Thailand Chamber Music Festival in 2009.