DownBeat’s 2012 Student Music Award Winners Includes Two CCM Students

DownBeat Magazine has announced the recipients of its 35th Annual Student Music Awards and two current CCM students are amongst this year’s winners!

Max Acree, trombone, was recognized with an Outstanding Jazz Soloist Performance award in the undergraduate college category, while Michael Shultz, alto saxophone, was awarded Outstanding Jazz Soloist Performance in the graduate-level category.

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MFA candidate Karestin Harrison presents her "Fake Food Feast" project.

CCM Props Artisan Earns Industry Interest With A “Fake Food Feast”

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The April 29th issue of the Cincinnati Enquirer spotlighted the work of CCM MFA candidate  Karestin Harrison, who was invited to present her “Fake Food Feast and Cook Book” showcase at this year’s United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) National Conference in Long Beach in late March.

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CCM Students and Alumni Perform At Contemporary Arts Center On April 26

The Cincinnati-based new music project Makr, comprised of current and former CCM students Suzanna Barnes, Brodie Johnson, Eddy Kwon and Josh Ulrich.

The Cincinnati-based new music project Makr, comprised of current and former CCM students Suzanna Barnes, Brodie Johnson, Eddy Kwon and Josh Ulrich.

Tomorrow evening, Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center will present a unique performance by the Cincinnati-based quartet Makr. Comprised of current and former CCM students  Suzanna Barnes, Brodie Johnson, Eddy Kwon and Josh Ulrich, Makr will take on “In iij. Noct.,” – a demanding piece by the acclaimed Austrian modern composer Georg Friedrich Haas – in complete darkness.

The Quartet will see neither their music nor their fellow performers, seated as far apart from one another as possible in the four corners of the room, surrounding the audience.

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CCM Musical Theatre Students Join Nick Lachey to Promote Cincinnati: The City that Sings!

CCM Musical Theatre students (left to right) Blaine Kraus, Noah Rickets, Kimber Sprawl, Stephanie Cain, Max Clayton and Catherine Helm joined Nick Lachey for a promotional video shoot in April 2012.

CCM Musical Theatre students (left to right) Blaine Kraus, Noah Rickets, Kimber Sprawl, Stephanie Cain, Max Clayton and Catherine Helm joined Nick Lachey (center) for a promotional video shoot in April 2012.

This past weekend, students from CCM’s Musical Theatre program joined Cincinnati-native and 1992 graduate of the School for Creative & Performing Arts Nick Lachey to film a segment for a music video promoting Cincinnati as “The City that Sings.”

Cincinnati City Council Member Laure Quinlivan is producing the video, which will feature a variety of local celebrities and arts organizations.

Read Paul McKibben’s coverage of the shoot for the Cincinnati Enquirer here.

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Rick Pender Hails CCM’s ‘Into the Woods’ As ‘The Season’s Best Musical’

Rick Pender takes a look back at Cincinnati’s 2011-12 theatre season in the current issue of CityBeat and singles out CCM’s Into the Woods as “the season’s best musical.” Congratulations to everyone involved with this production, which also received a record number of awards from the League of Cincinnati Theatres!

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CCM Theatre Design & Production Students Win State-Of-The-Art ETC Consoles

We are proud to announce that a team of CCM Theatre Design & Production (TD&P) Lighting Design and Technology students won second place in Electronic Theatre Controls‘ recent “Show Us Your ETC!” student-video challenge.

The students involved in this effort included producers Nik Robalino, David Seitz and Ethan Peterson with assistance from Natalie Estes, Alan Hanson, Alan Kleesattel and Tim Schmall. Their project involved combining their technical and graphic skills to pixel-map Fred Foster’s face.

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Five CCM Students Win Awards At The Gerda Lissner Foundation’s Annual International Vocal Competition

The Gerda Lissner Foundation has announced the winners of its 2012 International Vocal Competition and three current and two former CCM students received top prizes at the prestigious event, which took place in late March and early April in New York City.

Artist Diploma candidate Jacqueline Echols and CCM alumna Audrey Luna (MM ’03, AD ’05) both received second prize in the competition, which came with a $5000 cash award and a Carnegie Hall Recital Hall debut.

Artist Diploma candidate Yi Li and CCM alumnus Norman Garrett (MM, ’09) both received third prize, which came with a $3000 cash award.

Artist Diploma candidate Marco Cammarota received the competition’s Encouragement Award, which came with a $2000 award. Congratulations to all of this year’s award recipients!

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Three CCM Students Named As League of Cincinnati Theatres’ 2012 Rising Stars

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The League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) has announced the five recipients of its 2012 Rising Star Awards and three CCM students will be recognized at this year’s LCT Theatre Gala on May 21st! LCT’s 2012 Rising Stars include CCM Musical Theatre seniors John Riddle and Katie Johannigman and CCM Drama senior Kristopher Dean. Congratulations all of this year’s award recipients!

Read Jackie Demaline’s coverage of the LCT’s 2012 Rising Stars announcement in the Cincinnati Enquirer here.

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CCM Voice Students Receive Competition Honors

Five CCM voice students were named winners of CCM’s 2012 Opera Scholarship Competition, which was held Saturday, March 31, in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. The annual competition welcomes current and incoming CCM voice students to compete for scholarships and cash prizes. A panel of judges composed of opera industry professionals selects each year’s class of prizewinners.

The 2012 CCM Opera Scholarship Competition winners are:

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CCM Students and African Refugees Bond Through Theatre

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CCM's Will Kiley (right) reaches across cultures to connect with Ojullu Opiew Ochan, an Ethiopian refugee, as part of the Dadaab Theatre Project's performance. Photography by Richard E. Hess.

Last June, CCM sent a contingent from our Drama Program to create theatre with residents of Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp. This month, UC Magazine takes a look back at the life-changing project in its “beyond our borders” issue.

Listen to alumnus and project founder Michael Littig along with students Will Kiley and Alyssa Caputo describe the experience and read the complete feature here.

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