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CCM Piano Professor Michelle Conda Performs with the Cincinnati Community Orchestra This March

CCM Professor and Coordinator of Secondary Piano and Piano Pedagogy Michelle Conda.

CCM Professor and Coordinator of Secondary Piano and Piano Pedagogy Michelle Conda.

Next month, CCM Professor of Piano Michelle Conda will join the Cincinnati Community Orchestra (CCO) for a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26. The free concert will take place on Saturday, March 7, and is open to the general public.

Of the five piano concertos written by Prokofiev, his third piano concerto has garnered the greatest popularity and critical acclaim. The CCO’s March 7 program will also include Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70, B. 141.

Under the musical direction of Gerald R. Doan, the CCO performs a broad range of works representing composers of all eras in music. The orchestra consists of more than 80 amateur and professional musicians. This upcoming concert marks Conda’s eighth invitation to perform with the CCO.

Conda is an Associate Editor for Clavier Companion magazine with her specialty in the field of andragogy (adult learning). She is a founding member and on the Steering Committee of the National Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Forum (GP3). Last August, Conda coordinated and hosted the GP3’s forum at CCM.

Her national conference participations include the Steering Committee of the Adult Learning session of Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA), Steering Committee of the Carnegie Hall Achievement Program and Steering Committee member of The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NMCP). She lectures locally and nationally, including MTNA National Conference, GP3 and NMCP.

In addition to her editorship, Conda’s articles have appeared in Keyboard Companion, Clavier Companion, Yamaha Key Action, American Music Teacher and Piano Pedagogy Forum. Her pedagogy studies were with Jane Magrath and E.L. Lancaster.

At UC, as well as heading the Secondary Piano and Piano Pedagogy programs, she heads the Communiversity piano program.

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CCM Alumna Marie Speziale to Receive Pioneer Award at International Women’s Brass Conference

CCM alumna Marie Speziale (BM, 1964).

CCM alumna Marie Speziale (BM, 1964).

We are thrilled to report that CCM alumna and former faculty member Marie Speziale (BM, 1964) will be presented with a Pioneer Award at the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC) at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, at Northern Kentucky University’s Greaves Hall.

Acknowledged as the first woman trumpeter in a major symphony orchestra, Speziale served as Associate Principal Trumpet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for 32 years, from 1964 until her retirement in November of 1996. At this year’s conference, she will be honored as a musician whose career and spirit exemplifies the goals and traditions of the IWBC. Congratulations!

At each IWBC, beginning with the first in 1993, the IWBC has recognized women who have been pioneers in the top levels of brass performance, breaking down barriers and living their lives effecting change for those who followed. A full list of past award recipients may be found on the IWBC web site at myiwbc.org/about/iwbc-pioneers.

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