10 Musicians That Made It Big After SUNY

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  1. I would include Elizabeth Schulze, conductor of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. She did her graduate work in conducting at Stony Brook University (SUNY Stony Brook).

  2. Nice to see a dialogue about music! Fredonia has more than a handful of active, well-known artists and educators.
    Barbara Kilduff (internationally performing opera soprano),
    Roberta Guaspara (music educator–Meryl Streep played her in Music of the Heart), Kent Kanppenberger (recent Grammy Music Educator Award winner),
    Bennett Reimer (music educator), John Poppo (audio engineer) is also a Fredonia alum, along with Domonic Sack (sound designer) and Brian Usifer (musical theatre director, pianist on Broadway)… As with all of these schools I’m sure, there are too many to name!

  3. Not only one of America’s greatest opera stars in HISTORY left off the list – Renee Fleming, but world famous opera star Stephanie Blythe is also. And SHE is the honorary co-chair of Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam. Pretty funny that she’s working hard for the school, while traveling the world performing at the greatest opera houses and concert halls in the world, and she’s ignored on this list.

  4. Ysaye Maria Barnwell, who was a member of Sweet Honey in the Rock from 1979-2013, received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from SUNY Geneseo, as did Laura Heimes, a soprano known for he specialty in early music.

  5. You forgot Lou Gramm, Monroe Community College ’71. Formerly of Foreigner.

    From the Songwriters Hall Of Fame webpage:

    “Foreigner’s legendary songwriting partners, Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, together propelled an arsenal of ten multi-platinum albums and multiple Top 30 hits.
    Universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, the band is responsible for some of the greatest rock anthems of our time, including the worldwide No. 1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” which today remains one of the 25 most performed songs in the ASCAP Catalog. Other iconic songs include “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice” and “Long, Long Way From Home” from their self-titled 1977 debut album.
    Major songs in the Jones/Gramm catalog include “Juke Box Hero”, “Hot Blooded” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You.” A multi-talented and multi-dimensional “musician’s musician,” Jones has also written songs such as “Bad Love” with Eric Clapton and “Dreamer” with Ozzy Osbourne, and produced records for others including Billy Joel’s Storm Front and Van Halen’s 5150.
    A Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated songwriter, Jones is the winner of the prestigious British Ivor Novello Songwriter award for “The Flame Still Burns,” the soundtrack music for the film Still Crazy.”

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