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Michelle R Martin-Atwood

Title: Adjunct Instructor: Music Theory
Department: Crane School of Music
Phone: 2455
E-mail: martinmr@potsdam.edu
Office: Schuette Hall A328

Michelle Rae Martin-Atwood, originally from Unity, Saskatchewan, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (2009), a Sacred Music Diploma (2009), and a Master of Music (2001) in organ performance 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. She joined the faculty of The Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam, in the fall of 2010. Michelle also teaches through the Center for Lifelong Education and Recreation at SUNY Potsdam.

Dr. Martin-Atwood has been invited to perform at events and conferences such as 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, and is currently working on an album of organ plus other instruments. She specializes in Minimalist music (especially that of Philip Glass), and has commissioned new works from Randall Hall (a private symbol...) and Aaron Travers (Tremors of Nostalgia); she will also premiere a new work for organ and technology by Jarod Sommerfeldt in the fall of 2014.