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Kirk A. Severtson

Title: Professor: Vocal Coach/Conductor Opera Orchestra
Department: Crane School of Music
Phone: 2427
Fax: 2413
E-mail: severtki@potsdam.edu
Office: Bishop Hall C106

Kirk Severtson (Vocal) serves as musical director of the Crane Opera Ensemble, coaches singers and pianists, and teaches classes in art song repertoire and accompanying. He has been coach/pianist for four recent productions at The Dallas Opera and will return in Fall 2015 to work on two world premieres: GREAT SCOTT by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally, and BECOMING SANTA CLAUS by Mark Adamo. He has been a coach on the music staff of Opera Saratoga (formerly Lake George Opera) since 2006, having previously coached at Opera North (NH), the Opera Theater of Lucca (Italy), the Cincinnati Opera outreach program, the Rising Star Singers festival, Dorian Opera Theater, and as a Vocal Chamber Music Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival.

Recent performances of the Crane Opera Ensemble under his musical direction have garnered first-place awards from the National Opera Association and The American Prize, as well as honors from the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival.

A versatile collaborative artist, he appears frequently as pianist and harpsichordist in song and chamber music recitals, and as principal keyboardist with the Orchestra of Northern New York. He works actively with the National Opera Association, serving as Associate Executive Director. He holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati (D.M.A. and M.M., both in piano performance) and Luther College (B.A. with majors in music, math, and computer science).