As the 2017-18 academic year comes to a close, we celebrate the careers of retiring faculty members Randy Gardner and Mary Sue Morrow, who have dedicated themselves to continuing the college’s legacy as a leading training center for the performing and media arts.

Randy Gardner with CCM horn students.

Randy Gardner with CCM horn students.

Horn Professor and Chair of the Winds and Percussion Department Randy Gardner joined the CCM family in 1996. He is honored that students have entrusted him to help them achieve their dreams, and “for the privilege of serving on a faculty of world-class artists/teachers and colleagues.” He adds:

“The positive energy, freedom and support to create the horn program I envisioned, and student-centered focus made CCM a wonderful place for me to teach during the past 22 years. Special memories for me include phone calls from excited students who won jobs, achieved honors, or shared personal life events, horn choir performances at international symposia and on-campus, and fun studio parties.  I look forward to staying in touch with my CCM friends and receiving updates about our great school.”

Current and former CCM horn students will gather to celebrate Gardner’s retirement in concert at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2018 in CCM’s Werner Recital Hall.

Mary Sue Morrow (left) with two friends after hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.

Mary Sue Morrow (left) with two friends after hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.

Musicology Professor Mary Sue Morrow came to CCM in 1999, moving from New Orleans’ Loyola University where she taught for 15 years. When she arrived in Cincinnati, she says she was excited by the classes she taught and the “bright and very musical students,” but she missed the sunny southern weather of her former home — and the fresh oysters and boiled crawfish:

“I quickly realized that there were very few universities where I would find not only good colleagues and a supportive atmosphere for teaching, but would also meet a wide variety of bright and talented students. CCM has proved to be a congenial and supportive atmosphere for both my teaching and research, and I have enjoyed it all. My retirement plan is to spend most of the year in Cincinnati, but in January and February, I intend to escape down to New Orleans, where the crawfish are boiled and peppery and the oysters are salty and fresh.”

Please join us in saluting their decades of service to the CCM community!

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