CCM Alumna Featured on Good Morning America

CCM alumna Mia Gentile on the set of 'Good Morning America.'

CCM alumna Mia Gentile on the set of ‘Good Morning America.’

The buzz continues to grow around CCM alumna Mia Gentile‘s recent YouTube video “The Stanley Steemer Variations!” A 2011 graduate of our Musical Theatre program, Gentile created the viral video with local musician/producer/CCM Beatles expert extraordinaire Roger Klug.

CityBeat’s Rick Pender featured the video on his blog last month – you can read his original post here – and Gentile has since been featured on Good Morning America in support of the video! Experience “The Stanley Steemer Variations” for yourself after the jump!

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‘Examiner’ Interviews CCM Alumna Joélle Harvey

CCM Alumna Joélle Harvey.

CCM Alumna Joélle Harvey.

The Examiner‘s Elijah Ho interviews soprano Joélle Harvey (BM ’07, MM ’09) in anticipation of the CCM alumna’s performance of Handel’s Messiah with choral director Ragnar Bohlin and the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus Dec. 13 – 15.

A native of Bolivar, New York, Harvey is the recipient of a 2011 First Prize Award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, a 2009 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation and a 2010 Encouragement Award (in honor of Norma Newton) from the George London Foundation.

While at CCM, Harvey performed the roles of Amor in Cavalli’s L’Egisto, Emmie and Flora in, respectively, Britten’s Albert Herring and The Turn of the Screw, Poppea in The Coronation of Poppea, Sophie in Massenet’s Werther, and Nannetta in Falstaff. She continues to study with CCM Professor of Voice Karen Lykes.

You can read the full interview here.

Learn more about Harvey’s upcoming performance of Handel’s Messiah here.

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CCM Wind Orchestra Collaborates with Xavier University Symphonic Winds for Dec. 5 Concert

UC alumnus Matthew Westgate leads the Xavier University Symphonic Winds as part of the Dec. 5 CCM Wind Orchestra concert.

UC alumnus Matthew Westgate leads the Xavier University Symphonic Winds as part of the Dec. 5 CCM Wind Orchestra concert.

The CCM Wind Orchestra will present a concert celebrating the 60th anniversary of Frederick Fennel’s founding of the modern wind ensemble at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, in UC’s Corbett Auditorium under the direction of Glenn D. Price. This performance will also feature guest ensemble Xavier University Symphonic Winds, under the direction of CCM alumnus Matthew Westgate.

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CCM Alumna To Star in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s New Production of ‘Oklahoma!’

CCM alumna Ashley Brown. Photography by Jimmy Asnes.

CCM alumna Ashley Brown. Photography by Jimmy Asnes.

CCM alumna Ashley Brown (BFA in Musical Theatre, 2004) will star as Laurey Williams in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of Oklahoma!, to be presented in May under the direction of Gary Griffin. Brown previously played Magnolia in Lyric Opera’s production of Show Boat and was seen in the title role of the original Broadway production of Disney’s Mary Poppins.

The new production of Oklahoma! includes the original choreography by Agnes De Mille. Learn more here.

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CCM Video: Alumnus Colt Prattes Stars Opposite P!nk In New Music Video “Try”

CCM alumnus Colt Prattes (BFA in Musical Theatre, 2007) stars opposite P!nk in the new music video, “Try.” Prattes has toured nationally in musicals and on Broadway in West Side Story and How to Succeed in Business WIthout Really Trying with Daniel Radcliffe.

You can view the video above and view the Los Angeles Times‘ recent profile on Prattes here.

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CCM Slideshows: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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CCM proudly presents a colorful new twist on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, running through Oct. 7 in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

Are you coming to campus for UC Homecoming this weekend? Come to CCM Village after the Homecoming Kickoff Party at the Myers Alumni Center on Friday for an 8 p.m. performance or come early on Saturday and catch a matinee of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 2 p.m. (kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.).

This is a perfect weekend to experience EVERYTHING going on at the University of Cincinnati! Don’t miss the opening of CCM’s must-see 2012-13 Mainstage Series.

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CCM Drama Presents Touchstones of the American Gay Canon of Dramatic Literature This Fall

CCM alumnus and symposium moderator Dr. Rick Coons.

CCM alumnus and symposium moderator Dr. Rick Coons.

Later this fall, CCM’s Studio Series proudly presents The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. As a lead-in to this powerful production, CCM’s Department of Drama will also host a unique play reading series and symposium from Oct. 15–19, exploring other cultural touchstones of the American gay canon of dramatic literature. These events are intended for mature audiences.

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CCM E-Media Welcomes Distinguished Alumnus Larry Hamby for Master Classes Next Week

CCM alumnus Larry Hamby.

CCM alumnus Larry Hamby.

CCM is proud to welcome alumnus Larry Hamby (BFA 1973) back to campus next week for a series of E-Media master classes on Oct. 4 and 5. A graduate of what was then known as the Broadcasting program at UC, Hamby has become a major figure in the recording industry.

The former senior vice president of Sony/BMG Entertainment, Hamby has worked with a “who’s who” of recording greats, including John Denver, Bob Dylan, Kenny Rogers, the Carpenters, Moody Blues, Michael Jackson, Heart, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Willie Nelson, George Winston, Etta James, Yo Yo Ma and Joshua Bell. He has also signed many notable artists, such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Imogen Heap and Sharon Isbin. Hamby was the recording project supervisor for Michael Jackson’s album Thriller.

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Renowned Countertenor and CCM Alumnus David Daniels Returns to Campus for Master Class

CCM alumnus David Daniels. Photography by Robert Recker licensed to Virgin Classics.

CCM alumnus David Daniels. Photography by Robert Recker licensed to Virgin Classics.

CCM welcomes alumnus David Daniels (BM, 1990) back to campus for a master class from 3–5 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 28, in UC’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. This master class is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

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CCM Video: Drama Professor Rocco Dal Vera Discusses the Boston Dialect

CCM Professor of Drama Rocco Dal Vera discusses the unique characteristics of the Boston dialect in this new video from our friends at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC). Dal Vera is the dialect coach for the regional premiere of Good People, running through September 23 at ETC.

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