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C of I recital to feature alumnus Curtis Crafton

The College of Idaho is pleased to announce that baritone vocalist Curtis Crafton, a 2007 C of I graduate, will return to campus for a 7 p.m. recital Nov. 10 inside the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts. Crafton will be accompanied by pianist Michal McQuay for a German “Liederabend” recital featuring two major song cycles by Robert Schumann, Liederkreis and Dichterliebe. The recital is open to the public and admission is free.   

Crafton is a native Idahoan who studied applied voice at the C of I and went on to earn a master’s degree in vocal performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has been involved in numerous mainstage productions at Indiana as well as the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He currently is working toward a doctoral degree at IU as a student of Robert Harrison.

McQuay, a native of Provo, Utah, has performed extensively throughout the United States, France, Austria and Brazil. He earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in piano performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and was one of only three students admitted to the reputable doctor of music in piano performance and literature program at IU. He taught privately and at IU from 2008 to 2013 and recently accepted a professorship at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit