Kirk Severtson

Principal Piano

Kirk Severtson has been on the faculty at The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam since 2001, where he is musical director for the Crane Opera Ensemble, coaches singers and pianists, and teaches classes in art song repertoire and accompanying. During the summer, he coaches for Lake George Opera (NY) and has previously coached at Opera North (NH), the Opera Theater of Lucca (Italy), the Cincinnati Opera outreach program, the Rising Star Singers festival, and Dorian Opera Theater, and held a fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival in vocal chamber music. He holds a B.A. from Luther College with majors in music, math, and computer science, and M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati , College-Conservatory of Music. He appears frequently in recital with both singers and instrumentalists. One ongoing performance project is a choreographed version of Hindemith's Das Marienleben with soprano Judith Kellock and dancer Risa Fujita, which has been given numerous performances from New York City to Hawaii.