John Lindsey

Concertmaster, The Timothy and Jill Savage Chair

JOHN LINDSEY retired as Violin Professor Emeritus from The Crane School of Music (where he taught for 35 years) in 2016. He holds the State University of New York's (SUNY) highest rank, the SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, bestowed upon him in 2009. Previously he was awarded the 1993 SUNY Potsdam President's Award and the 2003 SUNY Chancellor's Award, both for Excellence in Teaching. During his nearly 46-year full time professional teaching career, he taught in the Dallas (TX) Public Schools (January, 1972-June, 1973), Baylor University (1973-1976), The University of Kentucky (1976-1981), and SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music (1981-2016). 

Parallel with his teaching accomplishments, Mr. Lindsey has fashioned an incredibly active and distinguished career as a performing violinist. Mr. Lindsey is currently the founding Concertmaster of both the Orchestra of Northern New York (33 years) and the Eleva Chamber Players in Vermont (15 years). John was also Concertmaster of the Warren Chamber Orchestra (OH) for 4 years, the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra (KY) for 5 years, and the Hanover Chamber Orchestra (NH) for 19 years. From 1981-1995, he was the Associate Concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. He also was a founding member as first violinist of the Aurora String Quintet since 1987 and the Potsdam Piano Quartet (1996-2016). Mr. Lindsey has presented violin recitals in Montreal (twice), at the Dame Myra Hess Series at the Chicago Public Library, Carnegie Recital Hall, The Museum of the City of New York, and Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium (5 times) in New York, and in other venues, among them in Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, Minneapolis, China, Thailand, and, France. In 1989, he was the winner (from over 200 Fine Arts applicants) of the 3rdAnnual Allegro Residency for the City of Dayton Ohio.   

In the summers, Mr. Lindsey served on the solo and chamber music artist faculties of the National Music Camp (Interlochen, MI) for 4 years, the Ameropa Festival in Prague (CZ) for 5 years, the Governor’s School of North Carolina for 12 years, the Woodstock Mozart Festival (VT) for 23 years, the Ithaca Chamber Music Institute (NY) for 25 years, the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp (MI) for 30 years, as well as the 1988 Stage de Musique in Marcillat-en-Combraille, France, The 2000 Canna International Festival in Canna, Italy, The 2008 Bulgarian International Chamber Music Festival, a three day residency in June of 2010 of master classes and a violin recital at the Shenyang Conservatory in the People’s Republic of China, the 2013 Columbia National Youth Orchestra’s Annual week long retreat in Santa Marta, Colombia, and the 2014 Vianden International Music Festival held in the Vianden Castle in Luxembourg. In June of 2018, he was invited to be the Concertmaster of an orchestra formed specifically to perform the 6 Brandenburg Concertos (in 2 concerts each) in Manistee and Traverse City, Michigan.

As co-owners of the Siam Classic Inn and Spa for 4 years, the only Thai style bed and breakfast in North America, John and his wife received the prestigious Lux Media Group Award (England) for the World’s Best B & B and Spa for the year 2015. Please visit Mr. Lindsey’s website at: