Michelle R Martin-Atwood
Title: Adjunct Instructor: Music Theory, Organ
Crane School of Music
Office: Schuette Hall A328
Michelle Rae Martin-Atwood, originally from Unity, Saskatchewan, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (2009) and a Master of Music (2001) in organ performance, and a Sacred Music Diploma (2009) from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with David Higgs. She earned a Bachelor of Music (1999) from the University of Alberta, under the tutelage of Dr. Marnie Giesbrecht. Additional instructors include J. Biggers, C. Crozier, Hans-Ola Ericsson, M.Gailit, A. C. Galán, R. Glasgow, M. Haselböck, J-P. Leguay, A. Marçon, S. Preston, and C. Terry.
Michelle joined the faculty of the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam, in the fall of 2010 where she teaches a wide variety of courses including Music Theory and Accelerated Music Theory for Non-Majors, Secondary Organ Lessons, Musica Sacra: History of Sacred Music, and Aural Skills I and II. Michelle also teaches through the Center for Lifelong Education and Recreation at SUNY-Potsdam. Michelle
has served as a judge for the Arthur Poister Competition in Organ Playing and the Crane Chamber Music Competition. Michelle served as organ faculty and recitalist for the Summer Institute for Church Music, held in Whitby, Ontario, in the summer of 2015 and will return in 2016 with the additional duty of Osborne Organ Competition judge.
Dr. Martin-Atwood has been invited to perform at events and conferences such as Inauguration of the 16th President of the State University of New York (Potsdam, NY), Aspects of American Organ Building in the Twentieth-Century (Rochester, NY), the American Guild of Organists Young Artists Recital (Oneonta, NY), and a memorial
concert in Göteborg, Sweden, for the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Michelle was a semifinalist in the 2002 Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Competition and a competitor in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ
Performance in 2003-04. In the spring of 2014, Michelle was awarded a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching by the State University of New York.
Michelle particularly enjoys collaborative performances, recently performing with the
Regina Philharmonic Chorus & Orchestra under the direction of Hart Godden, and the Elizabeth Clark Dance Ensemble. In addition, Michelle is currently working on an album of organ plus other instruments. She specializes in Minimalist music (especially that of Philip Glass), and has commissioned several new works for organ solo (such as Tremors of Nostalgia by Aaron Travers) and organ with other instruments and technology.