A Message From Peter Landgren, Dean of CCM

As I begin my second lap as Dean of CCM and as we kick-off CCM's second half-century as a college of the University of Cincinnati, we will continue to listen and learn from you.

CCM Dean Peter LandgrenDear CCM Faculty and Staff,

Just a quick note to begin this holiday weekend to thank you for all your hard work and partnership during this past year. I officially began my role as Dean of CCM with you one year ago today, and in that time, you have openly and graciously accepted me into your areas of expertise, and have been patient with me as I have strived to learn the intricacies to what is a very large and diverse educational and presenting enterprise.

We have done tremendous work together over the past 365 days, and that work has spawned several themes that have already helped guide our daily decisions and long-term strategies as we consider sustainable excellence, ONE CCM and Getting CCM off the Hill.

One thing that stands out above everything however is that our efforts have been driven by open communication, civility and respect, and above all, you have not settled for anything short of the highest quality possible. Another thing that resonates loud and clear as I interface regularly with UC’s leadership and people in the community, is an awesome respect for all aspects of CCM.

Here’s to the start of another academic year – our transition to semesters – and welcoming our Provost to the President’s Office. I look forward to this “second lap” with you.

Sincerely yours,

Peter Landgren, Dean
Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music
College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati

Saturday Sept. 1, 2012

CCM Video: Arts in Harmony

In honor of the first day of UC’s Fall Semester, we are delighted to present a look at the “arts in harmony” throughout CCM Village! Learn more at ccm.uc.edu.

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CCM Hosts Historical Keyboard Festival March 21-25

Keyboard enthusiasts and music lovers have the opportunity to experience a celebration of harpsichord innovations through the years as CCM hosts the 2012 Joint Meeting and Festival of the Midwestern and Southeastern Historical Keyboard Societies.

Antiqua/Nova: Celebrating the Harpsichord Across the Centuries will take place March 21-25 at various locations within CCM Village and the city of Cincinnati.

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CCM’s Joel Hoffman Selected for Copland House Residency

CCM Professor of Composition Joel Hoffman

CCM Professor of Composition Joel Hoffman

CCM Professor of Composition Joel Hoffman was one of ten composers selected for a coveted, all-expenses-paid residency at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark house in New York’s lower Hudson Valley. Copland House Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin announced the winners of the 2011-12 Aaron Copland Awards, chosen from 90 applicants in 23 states. This year’s eminent jury consisted of composers Steven Stucky and Robert Beaser and violinist Curtis Macomber.

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CCM Offers New Undergraduate Major in Commercial Music Production

CCM is now accepting applications for an innovative new bachelor of music degree in Commercial Music Production (CMP) that will be offered beginning fall semester 2012. This unique program combines core training in music theory, composition, arranging and musicianship with recording studio techniques, commercial music, songwriting, film scoring and media technologies.

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CCM Professor Discusses War and the Music of Politics as Part of UC Lecture Series

CCM Professor Joel Hoffman.

CCM Professor Joel Hoffman.

The University of Cincinnati’s popular “Life of the Mind” lecture series will resume on Tuesday, Oct. 18 with a session scheduled for 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center. Free and open to the UC community and the general public, “Life of Mind” features interdisciplinary conversations with UC faculty around a one-word theme followed by audience Q&A. The fall “Life of the Mind” theme is “War.”

During this month’s session, CCM Professor of Composition Joel Hoffman will discuss “War and the Music of Politics,” along with fellow thought provocateurs Stanley J. Corkin (Professor of English and Comparative Literature) and Bert Lockwood (College of Law)

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Cincinnati Fringe Festival Lineup Includes Concert by CCM Students

The upcoming Cincinnati Fringe Festival, which runs from May 31-June 11, will feature a media-driven concert by CCM doctoral candidate in composition Paul Schuette called Music for Newspapers and Radios. The concert includes musical compositions that use newspapers or radios as the generating source of musical sounds, ideas and forms. The Frequency String Quartet, which is comprised of CCM students, are also a part of Schuette’s performance.

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CCM Announces Winner of 2011 Orchestral Composition Competition

Jennifer Jolley

Jennifer Jolley

Congratulations to DMA composition student Jennifer Jolley, the winner of the 2011 CCM Orchestra Composition Competition! This annual competition involves several CCM composition students whose works are initially given readings by the Philharmonia. Then, a panel of judges chooses one composer to write a new orchestral work for the CCM Philharmonia for a performance during the following season.

Jennifer’s new piece will be conducted by Professor Mark Gibson and the other piece on the program (a year from April) will be the 8th symphony of Bruckner.

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Learn More About Ohio’s Latest Center of Excellence

Last Thursday, Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut announced that the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music had become Ohio’s latest Center of Excellence.

The Ohio Board of Regents has now launched their official site for the Center of Excellence in Music and Theatre Arts. You can learn more about this designation (and why CCM received it) here.

CCM Named An Ohio Center of Excellence in Special Ceremonies This Evening

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A tradition of excellence dating back to 1867 was recognized tonight in special ceremonies led by Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut. In an evening ceremony in the lobby of UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater, Chancellor Fingerhut, UC President Gregory H. Williams, CCM Interim Dean Frank Weinstock and distinguished alumna Pamela Myers (BFA, ‘69) as well as students, patrons, staff and faculty, gathered to recognize the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) as an Ohio Center of Excellence in Music and Theatre Arts. Ceremonies preceded this evening’s sold-out performance of Jonathan Larson’s Rent.

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