Become a VIP with UC’s ‘Bearcats, Come Back!’ Initiative

Never has $18.19 meant so much… and never have we needed your help more! The University of Cincinnati’s 1819 effort calls CCM alumni back to help us reach an all-time high in the number of alumni who give back to UC each year.

Nearly 14,000 Bearcats have already come back to support UC this year. Will you join them by giving back today? View complete details and make your gift here.

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CCM Musical Theatre Alumnus Nominated For Astaire Award

Left to right: CCM Musical Theatre Alumni Garrett Hawe and Ryan Breslin at a Newsies rehearsal.

Left to right: CCM Musical Theatre Alumni Garett Hawe and Ryan Breslin at a Newsies rehearsal.

Musical Theatre alumnus Ryan Breslin is a nominee for the 30th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Award, which honors excellence in dance on Broadway and film. Breslin is nominated as Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Musical for his work in the Disney production of Newsies. Congratulations!

Watch Breslin discuss his role in Newsies below:

The 2012 Astaire Awards will be held on June 4 at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Watch footage of Breslin from CCM’s 2011 production of RENT after the jump!

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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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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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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 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 Musical Theatre’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ Present Senior Showcase March 29-31

CCM Musical Theatre's Class of 2012.

CCM Musical Theatre's Class of 2012.

Cincinnati audiences will get a sneak peak of an original showcase created by the CCM Musical Theatre 2012 graduating class during the annual Musical Theatre Showcase, which runs from March 29 (Friends of CCM benefit performance) – March 31 in the Patricia Corbett Theater.

The March 29 Friends of CCM benefit starts at 7 p.m. and features a post-performance celebration and dinner by the bite. The March 30 and 31 performances take place at 8 p.m. and are free, but reservations are required.

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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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