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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CCM Alumna Featured in April 2012 Issue of ‘Opera News’

CCM alumna Audrey Luna.

CCM alumna Audrey Luna.

Congratulations to CCM alumna Audrey Luna (MM ’03, AD ’05) on her spotlight in the April 2012 issue of Opera News! Born in Salem, Oregon, the soprano studied with Barbara Honn during her time at CCM. You can read Luna’s Opera News “Sound Bite” spotlight here.

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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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CCM Alumna Kate Tombaugh Wins 2012 Grace Keagy Award

Grace Keagy Award-winner and CCM alumna Kate Tombaugh.

Grace Keagy Award-winner and CCM alumna Kate Tombaugh.

Congratulations to mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh (MM Vocal Performance, ’10) on winning the Kurt Weill Foundation’s 2012 Grace Keagy Award for Outstanding Vocal Promise.

The award honors singer-actress Grace Keagy (1921-2009), a past judge for the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition and a great supporter, who played Mrs. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera on several occasions and the Widow Begbick in the Yale Repertory Theatre’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.

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CCM Alumnus Brandon Abdullah Powell Recognized as Emerging Leader By Cincinnati Enquirer

CCM Alumnus Brother Abdullah, 28, of Clifton is photographed at Elementz Youth Arts Center in the West End, where he is the program director. Photography by The Enquirer/Carrie Cochran

CCM Alumnus Brother Abdullah, 28, of Clifton is photographed at Elementz Youth Arts Center in the West End, where he is the program director. Photography by The Enquirer/Carrie Cochran

Congratulations to CCM E-Media alumnus (BFA, ’06) Brandon Abdullah Powell (Brother Abdullah), who was recently recognized in an Enquirer story as one of Cincinnati’s emerging black leaders.

Brother Abdullah is program director at Elementz Youth Arts Center in the West End, where he works with dozens of youth creating hip hop, dance and visual arts.

You can read the full Enquirer story here.

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CCM Drama Students to Create Theater Projects With Youth Refugees in Kenya

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This June, five CCM Drama students will take part in an original theater project that brings the power of the performing arts to the world’s largest refugee camp – the Dadaab Refugee camp in Kenya, which houses 268,000 refugees.

The pilot Dadaab Theater project will involve CCM students working with African youth refugees to share and create original theater projects, culminating in a performance on World Refugee Day in Nairobi, Kenya on June 20. CCM Drama Chair Richard E. Hess will accompany students Alyssa Caputo, Cameron Davis, Kristopher Dean, Will Kiley and Mikayla Stanley as they travel to Kenya for a week to share their talents in this new cultural exchange program.

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