Excelsis Percussion Quartet

Thur, March 16 in Hosmer Hall at 9:30 am - Role of the Percussionist
Join this FREE session before the concert! Introduce the percussion family and demo the instruments. Explore facts about percussion within the different genres of music. For example, the creation of the bass drum pedal in New Orleans as a part of the parade traditions there. Then, its use in jazz music has influenced all the popular genres we listen to today: blues, pop, rock, hip hop, and country. Discuss the makeup of the group and our cultural backgrounds, and the role of female percussionists in particular. An interactive session with student participation.
11:00 am - Excelsis Percussion: Pops!
This program celebrates multi-genre music through a juke-box inspired performance of pop music with a classical twist. Song selections by Harry Styles, Billie Eilis, Camila Cabello, Olivia Rodrigo, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé and BTS may be included. Combined with elements of surprise and audience participation, this program creates a fun and accessible concert experience.

Please register your class by following this link and completing the order form. Once a completed order form is received, we will send out information pertaining to the specific events you have chosen.Fill in the form as completely as possible – if you have any questions please reach out to the Assistant Director, Meghan Stever at [email protected] or 315-267-2412

The Crane Opera Ensemble presents "The Enchanted Pig"

by Alasdair Middleton, librettist and Jonathan Dove, composer
Wed, March 29 at 9:30 am in Snell Theater

A Musical Tale - 120 minutes

When you’re a princess you expect a fairy tale wedding. You don’t expect your husband to be a hairy, smelly and a genuine pig. The pig, of course, is an enchanted prince but Flora loses him almost as soon as she finds him. Taking her fate into her own hands, she ventures to the ends of the earth and even into the sky until at last she frees him from the evil spell that binds him. Drawing on Romanian and Norwegian folk tales, this magical show, which has its trotters in the worlds of opera and musical theatre, has delighted audiences in the UK and USA since its premiere in 2006.

Licensed by arrangement with C. F. Peters Corporation, New York

*An educational classroom guide will be available in advance of the performance*

Please register your class by following this link and completing the order form. Once a completed order form is received, we will send out information pertaining to the specific events you have chosen.

Fill in the form as completely as possible – if you have any questions please reach out to the Assistant Director, Meghan Stever at [email protected] or 315-267-2412

Pig wearing a crown
Edition Peters. Leipzig, London, New York
you and me and the space between. Illustration of white girl with eyes closed and smiling with red hair stretched out behind her. White hand drawn title text overlaid on hair

The Department of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Potsdam presents "You and me and the space between"

Fri, April 20 | Proscenium Theater in the Performing Arts Center
9:30 am 60 minute performance - recommended for children ages 7-12
10:45 - 11:45 am Arts Extension activities led by SUNY Potsdam Teaching Artists (Sessions will be held in classrooms/studio spaces in the Performing Arts Center. Each session will be lead by a dedicated Teaching Artist. These activities are offered at no additional cost but classes must pre-register for planning purposes).

The island is sinking. The adults are useless. Time for the kids to save the day. Australia’s most accomplished children’s playwright, Finegan Kruckemeyer, delivers a tale of courage and invention that is brought to life in unexpected ways. Directed by Rivka Eckert, the production explores the plight of environmental refugees through the eyes of a child by using creative storytelling, original music composition by Gregory Wanamaker, projections and live drawing.

*An educational classroom guide will be available in advance of the performance*

Please register your class by following this link and completing the order form. Once a completed order form is received, we will send out information pertaining to the specific events you have chosen.

Fill in the form as completely as possible – if you have any questions please reach out to the Assistant Director, Meghan Stever at [email protected] or 315-267-2412


MTA School Group Policies

  • Chaperones – we would prefer a minimum of 1 adult per 10 students -especially if you are opting to stay on campus for lunch or additional activities. We understand the difficultly in getting volunteers, which is why we are only recommending, not requiring a 1 to 10 ratio
  • Bus drivers – If your bus driver is waiting on campus during your visit, please feel free to invite them to see the performance with your class. Bus Drivers are not charged an admission.
  • Parking – After dropping off students in the horseshoe driveway, please have the buses park in lot 9.
  • Final attendance numbers are due 3 weeks before the performance. Once we past the 3 week mark, the number of seats you selected become locked as yours.

Schools that have any ticketing changes after that time are subject to the following:

  • Adding tickets are subject to availability at any point during the reservation process.
  • Any reduction of the original reservation numbers, the school is responsible for paying for lost seats at full price. (after the 3 week deadline)
  • School commits to 60 kids and shows up with 50. The School is responsible for paying the price of 60 tickets regardless of the fact that those kids did not show up.
  • Invoices for final numbers will be sent to either BOCES or your District Office – depending upon method of payment selected by teacher.
  • Please make sure that if you are billing through BOCES, your particular BOCES knows about it. CPS is not responsible for BOCES denial of funds. IF this happens, then the invoice will be sent to your district for payment.
  • Weather delays or cancellations
    • If your district closes or delays the start of school, then you will not be charged for the performance.
    • Due to the busing schedules, we cannot put on a performance on a snow delay, therefore we consider the show canceled.
    • When a district cancels school, we will not hold that district or BOCES responsible for paying the cost of the tickets.
    • When and if rescheduling occurs, we will reach out to the point person with the new information to see if they are interested first, before opening up to everyone else.
  • Selection of a point person from your school:
    • There should only be one adult per reservation who is responsible for communicating information to CPS and disseminating it throughout the group that is attending.
  • Special Needs:
    • Please let us know of any special needs that your group might need. We are here to help you.
  • Study Guides:
    • If study guides are available from the performers, we will pass a copy on to your point person as we receive them. Please note, some performances will not have study guides.
  • Pricing:
    • Student tickets are $7.00
    • Chaperones 1 free per 10 students
    • Bus drivers and monitors are free as our guests
    • Adults beyond the chaperone limit are $10.00
  • Lunch:
    • We suggest eating your lunch while on campus in order to maximize your visit and can arrange a space for your school group.
    • Please bring brown bagged lunches from your home district – nothing that needs refrigeration please, pack them in Storage Totes with your district name on them. They will be at your lunch area when it is time to eat.
  • Other Campus Tours:
    Please contact us if you are interested in extending your day with additional campus tours. We can connect you to those offices based on your schedules and interests.