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About CPS


Community Performance Series
is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in northern New York. A rich mixture of programs links community, classroom and audiences of all ages while preserving access to the performing arts for future generations.

Community Performance Series, a professional music and performing arts presenting organization established in 1989, is dedicated to serving the cultural enrichment and arts education needs of the diverse populations of our neighboring communities. The CPS Guest Artist Series has an established history of 20 successful seasons presenting world-renowned artists in concert here in Potsdam. Our unique relationship with SUNY Potsdam allows for mutual benefits that enhance the services we are able to offer to the public. CPS also presents events specifically designed to appeal to children and families through CPS Meet the Arts, established in 1995. We continue to augment our performances and audience services with outreach residencies in local libraries and schools, pre-concert talks, workshops, master classes, open rehearsals, group discounts, development of preparatory materials for teachers and collaborative ventures with other regional presenters. Our summer season includes musical theater performances and opportunities for both and adults and children to participate, as well as the continuance of the Rebecca Kelly Ballet camp, and opportunities for high school students to intern in theater production.