CCM Alumnus Craig Kier Named Director of Maryland Opera Studio

CCM alumnus Craig Kier. Photography by Cory Weaver.

CCM alumnus Craig Kier. Photography by Cory Weaver.

We are thrilled to report that CCM alumnus Craig Kier (MM, 2001) has been appointed Director of the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland School of Music. The former Associate Conductor and Assistant Chorus Master with the Houston Grand Opera, Kier will join the UMD School of Music faculty this fall.

“We are delighted that Craig Kier will be joining our faculty as Director of the Maryland Opera Studio,” says UMD School of Music Director Robert Gibson. “His professional work as conductor, coach, accompanist and administrator in the opera world provides an ideal combination of skills and experience for the leadership of our program. Craig’s vision for the future of the MOS is strongly aligned with the teaching philosophy and values of the program that have made The Maryland Opera Studio one of the most respected programs in the nation for training young singers who wish to enter the professional opera world in the US and abroad.”

You can view the UMD School of Music’s official announcement online here.

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CCM Alumna Profiled by ‘Opera News’ Magazine

Composer (and CCM alumna) Jennifer Jolley.

Composer (and CCM alumna) Jennifer Jolley.

Congratulations to CCM alumna Jennifer Jolley (DMA, 2012) on her profile in the August issue of Opera News.

Classical music critic Kyle MacMillan interviewed Jolley about the North American New Opera Workshop, or NANOWorks, which she co-founded last year.

NANOWorks is based in Cincinnati, MacMillan observes, “partly because Jolley and her collaborators live there and partly because of the rich pool of vocal talent there, due to the presence of the respected University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.”

You can read the entire article online here.

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CCM Philharmonia Presents Program of Grand Symphonic Works on April 26

CCM’s Philharmonia Orchestra will present an exciting concert of new and grand symphonic works at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, in Corbett Auditorium.

The concert will feature a world premiere of CCM student composer Jennifer Jolley’s Le monde du silence and Anton Bruckner’s romantic work Symphony No. 8 in C Minor.

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CCM Student Composer Wins The Atlanta Opera’s 24 Hour Opera Project Competition

CCM DMA student Jennifer Jolley.

CCM DMA student Jennifer Jolley.

Jennifer Jolley, a DMA student in CCM’s Composition Department, claimed honors from both the judges and audience in The Atlanta Opera’s 24 Hour Opera Project. Jolley’s ten-minute opera, Krispy Kremes and Butter Queens, with a libretto by Vynnie Meli, was written in twelve hours Friday night and early Saturday morning, and performed to a standing room only crowd in Atlanta Saturday night.

As previously reported, Jolley and fellow CCM student Jonathan Stinson were two of just five composers selected from across the country to compete in the competition.

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CCM Student Composers Selected For Atlanta Opera’s 24 Hour Opera Project Competition

Jennifer Jolley, a DMA student in CCM’s Composition Department, and Jonathan Stinson, a composer/baritone studying in CCM’s Opera Department, are two of just five composers selected from across the country to compete in Atlanta Opera’s second annual 24 Hour Opera Project competition, running Jan. 20-21.

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