Study Baroque Music in CCM Summer Program for Harpsichord and Cello

Keyboardists and cellists are invited to apply for the Continuo: Harpsichord and Cello summer workshop at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music. Led by CCM Assistant Professor of Keyboard Michael Unger, the program runs June 5-7, 2017.

“This will be our third summer offering the Continuo: Harpsichord and Cello workshop,” Unger said. “I am excited that cello and harpsichord students have the great opportunity to collaborate with each other, to learn about continuo and chamber music techniques, and to experiment with Baroque performance practice questions through the hands-on study of eighteenth-century repertoire.”

Participants will study with Unger, who is a multiple award-winning harpsichordist and cellist, and visiting faculty member Adriana Contino, an internationally acclaimed cellist from Anderson University.

During the three-day program, students will participate in solo chamber music coachings, group performance classes on Baroque technique and interpretation, and seminars on Baroque performance practice and continuo technique. Students will also have opportunities to perform in recitals on June 6 and 7.

CCM’s 2017 Continuo: Harpsichord and Cello workshop is now accepting applications. The application deadline is April 15, 2017; enrollment for CCM Summer Programs is limited.

To learn more about the Continuo: Harpsichord and Cello workshop, please visit ccm.uc.edu/summer/collegiate-adult/harpsichord-cello.

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Mezzo-soprano Quinn Patrick Ankrum joins CCM as Assistant Professor of Voice in August of 2017.

Acclaimed Mezzo-Soprano Quinn Patrick Ankrum Joins CCM Voice Faculty

Mezzo-soprano Quinn Patrick Ankrum joins CCM as Assistant Professor of Voice in August of 2017.

CCM Interim Dean bruce d. mcclung has announced the addition of acclaimed mezzo-soprano Quinn Patrick Ankrum, DMA, to the college’s roster of distinguished voice faculty members. Ankrum’s appointment as Assistant Professor of Voice becomes effective on August 15, 2017.

Celebrated for her strong lyric voice, sizzling coloratura facility and engagingly sincere personality, Ankrum has performed a wide variety of repertoire spanning the centuries from Claudio Monteverdi to John Harbison. She has sung with opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States, as well as with the National Orchestra of Mexico in Mexico City.

In the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons she demonstrated her versatility as she collaborated on the operatic, recital and concert stages with musicians in Missouri, Texas, New York, Florida and Kansas, along with international engagements in Toulouse, Paris, Mondavio (Italy) and Oban (Scotland). She will return to the U.K. this May where she will appear in a recital featuring the music of American composers at East of England Organ Day at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, as well as in a concert featuring the music of Rameau with the East Anglian Academy.

Ankrum is an advocate of contemporary composers. She recently premiered Romanian composer Vlad Burlea’s chamber piece “Oglinda” (Texas and Kansas 2016) and created the role of the Mother in the world premiere of J. Todd Frazier’s opera Breath of Life (Lubbock, Texas, 2015).  In addition, she co-premiered John Harbison’s chamber work Crossroads with colleagues at Texas Tech University (2013). She is the co-creator of Living Song Project with pianist and University of Oklahoma faculty member Elizabeth Avery, DMA. This unique database project promotes the art song and vocal chamber music of living American composers.

In addition to being an active performer and teacher, Ankrum takes an interest in musicians’ health and wellness. She is an Andover Educator trainee, and will be licensed to teach the course What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body when she finishes her training.

Ankrum received degrees from Trinity University in San Antonio (BM, MAT), the University of Colorado at Boulder (MM) and the University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music (DMA), where she studied with Robert McIver. She was a Young Artist in the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program and the Baltimore Opera Studio, and participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program.

She has been a finalist and winner in numerous regional and national competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions (Rocky Mountain Region) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards competition (2nd place winner, 2006). She has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Fredonia, Nazareth College (Rochester, New York) and Texas Tech University (Lubbock).

Please join us in welcoming Ankrum to the CCM family this fall!

Learn more about CCM’s illustrious faculty by visiting ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/faculty.

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CCM's Mainstage Series production of 'Macbeth.' Photo by Mark Lyons.

Apply Now for CCM’s Summer Playwrights Conference

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music presents the Playwrights Conference from June 12-17, 2017. Now in its second year, this program is organized by CCM Assistant Professor of Acting Brant Russell and is open to aspiring and experienced playwrights alike.

“This year’s conference will host writers from all backgrounds and levels of experience,” Russell said. “Whether you’re a seasoned writer or a theater-lover who wants a boot-camp experience in the fundamentals of playwriting, we’d love to hear from you.  The community we create over the week-long conference is supportive, diverse and artistically adventurous.”

Participants in CCM’s 2016 Playwrights Conference work on their plays during a group session.

During the Playwrights Conference participants will write, take master classes with industry professionals and attend readings of their works. The week-long program offers a Development Track for participants who already have a play that they want to work on during the conference, along with a Fundamentals Track for participants who want to learn the nuts and bolts of playwriting.

Participants will also get to hear their work read a loud by CCM actors during nightly “Play Barn” sessions, lead by CCM Acting Chair Richard Hess. The ensemble of actors will bring the plays to life at the program’s 10-Minute-Play Festival, a public performance of the new works scheduled for the final night of the conference.

Conference participants will have an opportunity to work with a host of renowned theatre professionals, including award-winning playwright MJ Kaufman and Huntington Theatre Company director of new work Lisa Timmel.

Timmel will serve as the conference’s lead instructor and resident dramaturg, while Kaufman will serve as playwright-in-residence. Kaufman has been commissioned to write a new play for this year’s conference, which will allow participants to witness this new work develop over the course of the program.

CCM’s 2017 Playwrights Conference is now accepting applications. The application deadline is April 15, 2017.

To learn more about how you can bring your ideas from page to stage, please visit ccm.uc.edu/summer/playwrights.

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CCM Piano Series Presents Annual Bearcat Piano Festival and Piano-POW-Looza

CCM spotlights world-class pianists this spring with the return of the annual Bearcat Piano Festival! The festivities begin on Friday, March 31 and conclude on Sunday, April 2 with the Piano-POW-Looza concert, featuring CCM’s own talented student performers. All events will take place in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

Launched in 2010 by CCM Professor of Piano and Artist-in-Residence Awadagin Pratt, this year’s Bearcat Piano festival invites several internationally acclaimed artists to the stage. Pianist John Perry opens the festival with a master class at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 31. Perry has won numerous awards including the highest prizes in both the Busoni and Viotti international piano competitions in Italy and special honors at the Marguerite Long International Competition in Paris.

Traveling all the way from China, students of Shandong University perform a special program of Chinese classical music at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 31. Also joining the festival this year are University of Michigan students, who visit CCM to perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 1.

Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Paul Schenly will teach a master class at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 2. Schenly has toured twice in the United States with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and toured with the same orchestra in Europe. He has been a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and New York Philharmonic.

Finally, the 2017 Bearcat Piano Festival comes to a close with Piano-POW-looza at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 2. Organized by Piano Department Chair Michael Chertock, the event spotlights the talents of a select few from CCM’s nearly 100 dazzling piano majors. This year’s concert features a special tribute to the beloved musicians who have passed away in recent months.

Schedule of Events

 2 p.m. Friday, March 31
• Bearcat Piano Festival •
Master Class with John Perry, piano
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, March 31
• Bearcat Piano Festival •
Shandong University Student Recital
The Bearcat Piano Festival welcomes student pianists from Shandong University for a special recital of Chinese classical music.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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Saturday, April 1  2 p.m. Sunday, April 2
• Bearcat Piano Festival •
Master Class with Paul Schenly, piano
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Saturday, April 1
• Bearcat Piano Festival •
PROGRAM CHANGE: John Perry’s guest artist performance has been cancelled. In his place CCM welcomes University of Michigan Student Pianists.
Guest artists from the University of Michigan perform as part of this year’s annual Bearcat Piano Festival!
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Sunday, April 2
• Piano Series •
PIANO-POW-LOOZA: FINGERS OF FIRE
Some of CCM’s award-winning piano students and alumni demonstrate their amazing talents at one, two and three pianos. This concert also features a surprise tribute!
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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Event Information
All events listed take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. The Piano-POW-looza Student Showcase concert requires paid admission. All other Bearcat Piano Festival events are free and open to the general public.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit ccm.uc.edu or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

All-Steinway School Sponsor: The Corbett Endowment at CCM

CCM is proud to be an All-Steinway School
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CCM Piano Students Perform in Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

Four piano students who study with Awadagin Pratt at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music advanced in the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, which concluded on March 4 in England. Narae Lee, Jiwon Han, Julan Wang and Youkyoung Kim made it through the preliminary rounds of the competition to perform in multiple stages.

The preliminary rounds were held in the United Kingdom, Germany, U.S. and Japan. CCM was one of few U.S. schools to have multiple students advance in the various rounds of the competition.

Youkyoung Kim was one of six contestants to compete in the final stage of the competition. As a finalist, Kim performed in a public concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Her performance earned her third place and £2,500 ($3,053.50). Narae Lee advanced to compete in the second stage of the competition. Jiwon Han and Julan Wang advanced to compete in the competition’s semi-final stage.

About the Artists

Youkyoung Kim, born in Busan, South Korea, earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University, where she studied with Junghye Ra and Nayoung Kim. Since 2012, she has studied with Professor Awadagin Pratt at CCM, where she received her Master of Music degree in 2014. Kim is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at CCM.

Previously this month, Kim was among 12 musicians selected to participate in the Iowa Piano Competition. She was awarded third prize after she performed with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra in the final round of the competition. Kim has numerous top prizes and participated in international competitions including the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Piano Concerto Competition, U.S. International Duo Piano Competition, World Piano Competition, Dallas International Piano Competition, Debut International Piano Competition and Delia Steinberg International Piano Competition, among others.

Julan Wang, born in Chongqing, China, earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2010. He received the George Sarlo Scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory and earned his Master of Music degree there in 2012. In 2014, he received his Artist Diploma at CCM, where he studied with Professor Awadagin Pratt. He is now pursuing a Doctoral degree at CCM.

Julan has received many prizes in competitions, such as the China Youth Competition, Wiesbaden International Piano Competition, Asian Chopin Competition and the CCM Concerto Competition. He gave his debut recital at Carnegie Hall in June of 2014, and has also performed in California, Ohio, Michigan and Louisiana. He has also given solo/lecture recitals in Shanghai, Zhejiang, Fujian, Sichuan, Chongqing and many other places in China. Since 2012, he has been a recipient of the Enlight Foundation’s Outstanding Scientists and Artists Scholarship.

Korean-born pianist Narae Lee studied at Yonsei University with Misha Kim in South Korea. She is a recipient of the William D. Black Memorial Prize in Piano and holds an Honors Scholarship at CCM, where she studies with Awadagin Pratt.

Lee has won numerous top prizes and has participated in national and international competitions, including Delta Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition, Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artists Competition, World Piano Competition, Art of the Piano, New Paltz Piano Summer, Eastern Music Festival as an assistant of Piano and Collaborative Piano faculties, Jacob Flier Piano Competition, the Samick-Seiler Piano Competition, the Seoul Philharmonic Competition, the Mayor of Seoul City Prize at the University of Seoul Music Competition and the Grand Prix Round Prize, 21Century Artist Special Prize at the Osaka International Piano Competition in Japan.

A native of Incheon, South Korea, pianist Jiwon Han earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Korea National University of Arts, where he studied with Choong-Mo Kang. He earned his Artist Diploma from Korea National University, where he studied with Professor Daejin Kim. Han earned a full-tuition scholarship to pursue an Artist Diploma at CCM, where he studies with Awadagin Pratt. He is also the recipient of the Art of the Piano Foundation Award.

Han has appeared in top concert venues in Korea including the Seoul Art Center, Sejong Art Center, Hoam Art Hall and Kumho Art Hall. He is sponsored by YAGI Studio, one of the largest studios in Korea. Han has served for three years as a director for the classic concert program on KBS, one of Korea’s prominent public broadcasting stations. In 2013, he won second prize in ISANG YUN International Competition. In 2014, he released his debut album, featuring the works of Chopin and Isang Yun. In 2015, he released his second album, Romanticism, featuring music of Brahms, Schumann and Liszt.

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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

All-Steinway School Sponsor: The Corbett Endowment at CCM

CCM is proud to be an All-Steinway School

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Bengals Coach Paul Alexander hosts Gino James DiMario Memorial Fundraiser

Faculty from Preparatory and Community Engagement Programs at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music will perform in a special fundraising event at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 17. Hosted by Assistant Head Coach of the Cincinnati Bengals Paul Alexander and his wife Kathy, the fundraiser benefits the Gino James DiMario Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship fund is in honor of Gino DiMario, a second-grade student in CCM Prep who tragically and unexpectedly passed away in 2005. His memorial scholarship gives other preparatory students the opportunity to experience one of Gino’s favorite things — music. More than 50 CCM Prep students have received scholarships through the fund since its inception.

Paul Alexander, who participates in piano lessons through CCM Prep, will host the fundraiser at his home in Mason. Faculty performers for the fundraiser include Lilyanne Thoroughman, violin; Harold Byers, violin; Peggy Grant, oboe; Colin Lambert, cello, Nathaniel Chaitkin, cello; Karie-Lee Sutherland, soprano; Nave Graham, flute and Yukin Brandenburgh, piano.

Event Information
The fundraiser will begin with dinner and drinks at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 17. CCM Prep faculty will perform at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the fundraiser are $100 per person or $175 per couple; seating is limited. Tickets are available by calling CCM Prep at 513-556-2595.

About the Gino James DiMario Memorial Scholarship Fund
Gino DiMario was 4 1/2 years old when he began taking lessons in CCM Preparatory’s Suzuki Piano program. Gino loved music, starting with Kindermusik when he was 2, singing in his church’s Cherub Choir and later playing the drums. He died tragically on Feb. 19, 2005, after performing in his first CCM Concerto Competition at Werner Recital Hall. His love of music moved his parents and CCM Preparatory to establish an endowed scholarship in 2006 to further the education of students and faculty who show the determination, commitment and creativity that Gino embodied.

About CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement
The CCM Preparatory Department provides instruction and performance opportunities in music, theater and dance to students of all ages and abilities through private instruction, classes, ensembles, internship experiences and various performance opportunities in accordance with the highest levels of excellence of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Call us at 513-556-2595 or visit us at ccm.uc.edu/prep.

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Voice Alumni Compete in 2017 Met Opera National Council Auditions Semi-Final

Four UC College-Conservatory of Music alumni will compete in the Semi-Final round of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, which will take place in New York on Sunday, March 12.

The prestigious competition for young singers has four rounds: District, Regional, Semi-Final and Final. Ten of the semi-finalists will move on to the final round, where five of them will be pronounced winners. Each winner receives $15,000, and the other finalists receive $5,000 each. This year’s final round will take place on Sunday, March 19 on the stage of the Met Opera.

The four CCM alumni who will participate in the Met Council Semi-Finals are Jessica Faselt, soprano (MM Voice, 2016); Summer Hassan, soprano (MM Voice, 2014); Andrew Manea, baritone (MM Voice, 2016); and Cody Quattlebaum, bass-baritone (BM Voice, 2015). Read their bios below to learn more about these outstanding young musicians.

Known for her “keen expression and impressive delivery” (Music in Cincinnati), soprano Jessica Faselt hails from Iowa. Faselt completed her master’s degree at CCM, where she was the recipient of the Corbett Award, and she earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Iowa. Faselt has sung with the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, studying with mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, and will return there in 2017. She was a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2015 and was engaged there in 2016 to cover the role of Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos. Other roles include: Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Hanna in The Merry Widow, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito and Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw.

Soprano Summer Hassan is a member of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. She made her company debut in 2014 as the Second Lady in Dido and Aeneas and returned as the Ghost Quartet Soprano in The Ghosts of Versailles in 2015. Her LA Opera appearances in the 2015/16 season include the Second Lady in The Magic Flute.  Recent performances include Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle under the baton of Placido Domingo, as well as Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Colburn Orchestra. She was featured as Musetta in Wolf Trap Opera’s 2016 production of La Bohème and in recital with Steven Blier at The Barns at Wolf Trap. Ms. Hassan made her Carnegie Hall debut as Second Niece in Britten’s Peter Grimes with the St. Louis Symphony, and in 2014 she made her debut as the Second Lady in The Magic Flute with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis where she was a Gerdine Young Artist. Other roles have included Mimì in La Bohème, Betty in The Threepenny Opera and Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito. She received her Master of Music from CCM and her Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory.

Lauded for his, “charming…robust baritone…,” Romanian-American baritone Andrew G. Manea has been continually rising to the top of the opera world at an impressively young age. Andrew’s recent roles include Marcello in La Bohème, No. 7 in Transformations, Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen, Escamillo in Carmen, Danilo in The Merry Widow and the Father in Hansel and Gretel. In a very successful 2016 season, Andrew was awarded first place and audience favorite in the Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition with Shreveport Opera, second place and audience favorite in the Opera Columbus Cooper-Bing International Vocal Competition, Finalist in the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition and he was a Career Grant recipient in the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition. Continuing to rise to success, Andrew has been awarded a position as a new member of the San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellowship program. This coming season at San Francisco Opera, he will be performing Marullo in Rigoletto, covering Marcello in La Bohème, performing Marchese d’Obigny in La Traviata, performing in a world premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West and performing a Schwabacher Debut Recital with esteemed pianist Warren Jones. Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a master’s degree from the CCM, where he studied with Bill McGraw.

Bass-baritone Cody Quattlebaum from Ellicott City, Maryland, is currently earning a Master of Music in Voice Performance at the Juilliard School. He received his bachelor’s degree from CCM. He has performed Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Lautsprecher in Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Der Fischer in Matsukaze, Melisso in Alcina and Colonel in a premier workshop of Daniel Catán’s Meet John Doe. He recently performed Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte with Merola Opera. He won the Seybold-Russell Award in the 2015 Corbett Opera competition, first place and “Audience Favorite” award at the 2016 James Toland competition and second place in the 2016 Gerda Lissner Liederkranz competition. He recently performed Claudio in Handel’s Agrippina in Alice Tully Hall and Wilson Theater in New York City. He will also perform under the baton of Maestro Michael Morgan with the Oakland Symphony next season.

About the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. Known as the venue for the world’s greatest voices, the Metropolitan Opera holds National Council Auditions throughout the United States and Canada each year. The goal of the National Council Auditions is to discover promising young singers, give singers from around the country a chance to be heard by the major opera companies of the U.S. and Canada, and find potential participants for the Lindemann Young Artist Development program, an opera training program sponsored by the Met.

For more than six decades, this competition for exceptionally talented singers from across the country has helped launch the careers of some of opera’s greatest stars, including Stephanie Blythe, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Ben Heppner, Patricia Racette and Deborah Voigt — as well as, more recently, Lawrence Brownlee and Angela Meade.

View a full list of this year’s National Council Auditions Grand Finals Winners at www.metopera.org/about/auditions/nationalcouncil.

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