CCM Alumnus’ Alternative Career Path Led To UC Employment On A Global Scale

CCM alumnus Spencer Utt.

CCM Alumnus Spencer Utt spent a good deal of his time as a UC student exploring the world. Now he’s across the world, sharing the university’s strengths with prospective college students in Vietnam.

Utt is UC’s new Vietnam Country Coordinator – a full-time position in Vietnam under International Admissions – to expand the university’s reputation in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

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CCM Alumnus Lands Record Deal

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Earlier this month, Albany Records released CCM alumnus Evan Mack’s (DMA, 2008) new American opera Angel of the Amazon for worldwide distribution.

Recorded live at premiere performances held on May 6 – 22, 2011 in New York City after preview performances in Cincinnati, Angel of the Amazon depicts Sister Dorothy Stang’s lifetime of work with the Brazilian peasant farmers in the rainforest.

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Former CCM Student Receives Sara Tucker Study Grant

Mark Diamond, baritone.

Mark Diamond, baritone.

Congratulations to Mark Diamond on being named the winner of a Sara Tucker Study Grant yesterday morning (April 12), carrying with it a $5,000 cash prize. The award came after two days of auditions by some of America’s finest young opera singers in New York City. Diamond is currently in the Houston Grand Opera‘s young artist program, one of the best programs in the world. Last year, he took first place in the Houston Grand Opera‘s 23rd Annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers.

Diamond participated in CCM’s Master of Music program in vocal performance, where he studied with William McGraw.

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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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CCM Presents Piano Celebration and Festival This Week

CCM's Annual Pianopalooza Extravaganza Returns April 15, 2012.

CCM's annual Pianopalooza extravaganza returns April 15, 2012.

CCM will present its annual celebration of the art of the piano with Pianopalooza VII at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, in Corbett Auditorium. This year’s event will be preceded by the third annual Bearcat Piano Festival, which will present master classes and recitals from April 12–14 in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

This year, Pianopalooza welcomes guest of honor Frank Weinstock back to the CCM stage. A dedicated member of the faculty for 30 years, Weinstock served as Professor of Piano and also held key administrative appointments during his tenure, providing leadership as Interim Dean of CCM from January 2010 through August 2011. Recently retired, Weinstock will be playing Franz Shubert’s Impromptus as part of Pianopalooza VII’s program.

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Projects for CCM E-Media Alumnus Include A Current Box Office Hit

E-Media Alumnus Elliot Greenberg

E-Media Alumnus Elliot Greenberg

The science fiction film Chronicle topped the box office last weekend and CCM alumnus Elliot Greenberg had a large part in the film’s success. The film was edited by Greenberg, who graduated from CCM E-Media in 2001. You can view the trailer for the film below:

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CCM Faculty Member Joins the Leadership of National Choral Organization

CCM Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Conducting L. Brett Scott.

CCM Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Conducting L. Brett Scott.

CCM Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Conducting L. Brett Scott was recently elected Vice President of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), a service organization dedicated to the needs of collegiate-level choirs and their conductors.

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