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CCM Alumnus Craig Phillips Receives GRAMMY Nomination

CCM alumnus Craig Phillips.

CCM alumnus Craig Phillips.

We are delighted to report that acclaimed bass-baritone and CCM alumnus Craig Phillips (MM Voice, 1998) has been nominated for his second GRAMMY Award as a member of the male vocal quartet New York Polyphony.

The group has been nominated for its 2014 Christmas album, Sing Thee Nowell. This is the group’s second consecutive nomination in the “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance” category.

“Most of the music we sing was written before 1600, so it isn’t exactly ‘mainstream,’ even by classical music standards,” Phillips explains. “So receiving a GRAMMY nomination is very validating, on both a professional and personal level. We are very committed to what we do, and work hard to create performances that are passionate and compelling to modern ears. The GRAMMY nomination (now our second!) proves that we’ve managed to move the needle, so to speak.”

Selected by the New York Times for its “2014 Holiday Gift Guide,” Sing Thee Nowell has enjoyed robust sales, reaching the Top 10 on Billboard Magazine‘s Traditional Classical Album chart. The album, which is the group’s fifth release and third on BIS Records, follows last year’s critically acclaimed and GRAMMY-nominated Times Go By Turns.

The 57th annual GRAMMY’s will be held on Sunday, Feb. 8th. You can learn more about this year’s ceremony by visiting http://www.grammy.com.

About Craig Phillips
Praised for his “handsome, elegant bass” by The New York Times, bass-baritone Craig Phillips is an established operatic and concert soloist. His operatic credits include performances with Glimmerglass Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Arizona Opera and Boston Lyric Opera. For his portrayal of Nardo in New York City Opera’s La finta giardiniera, the New York Sun singled-out Phillips as one of the “true lights of the production,” highlighting both his “clear lyric bass-baritone” and “great talent for physical comedy.”

On the concert stage, his credits include performances with the Washington Bach Consort, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Washington National Cathedral.

In addition to solo work, Phillips is an active performer in the early music scene, performing regularly with New York City-based ensembles such as Vox Vocal Ensemble, TENET and Clarion Music Society.

Below, take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of New York Polyphony’s GRAMMY-nominated Sing Thee Nowell:

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UC’s College-Conservatory of Music Announces New Scholarship for SCPA Students

Logo for Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts.CCM is proud to announce a new scholarship opportunity for students graduating from the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), Cincinnati’s world-class public arts school. This scholarship will be offered to the top SCPA student who successfully applies for admission to CCM each year. The award will cover full tuition for all four years of an undergraduate’s course of study at CCM.

“This commitment to support local talent is in my mind unprecedented and long overdue,” says Peter Landgren, Dean and Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music at CCM. “It is my hope that this full scholarship to CCM will serve as a catalyst for all SCPA students, affirming that a college education at CCM – a nationally ranked and internationally renowned institution for the performing and media arts – is an attainable goal.”

“This scholarship opportunity will have a profound impact on our programs at SCPA and will serve as a powerful motivator to our high school students,” says Isidore L. Rudnick, Artistic Director at SCPA.

The inaugural scholarship to CCM will be offered for Fall of 2015 and will cover full tuition through the 2018-19 academic year. CCM’s Dean will select the scholarship recipient each year.

This newly endowed scholarship has been made possible by the funding support of the Friends of CCM volunteer organization and an anonymous family foundation.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the visionary thinking of the local family foundation that agreed to accept the Friends of CCM’s match to fund this initial scholarship,” says Landgren. “While we regularly attract students from 47 US states and 37 countries, this new scholarship allows us to better support the talent that SCPA is nurturing in our own backyard. I am confident that this investment in Cincinnati’s best young artists to study at CCM will yield incredible dividends in the years ahead.”

SCPA students interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact CCM’s Office of Admissions at 513-556-9479 or ccmadmis@uc.edu.

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CCM Alumnus Brad Schnittger Receives Haile Fellowship Award

CCM E-Media alumnus Brad Schnittger.

CCM E-Media alumnus Brad Schnittger.

Congratulations to CCM alumnus Brad Schnittger (BFA Electronic Media, 2002), who has been named one of two 2015 Haile Fellows by People’s Liberty, a philanthropic lab that brings together civic-minded talent to address challenges and uncover opportunities to accelerate the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati.

The Haile Fellowship provides recipients with $100,000 to work on their projects for one year.

Schnittger will spend 2015 developing MusicLi, a music publishing platform that will afford local musicians the opportunity to properly document, register and publish their musical compositions to an online library, creating a two-sided marketplace for advertising agencies to license and purchase more Cincinnati music. You can learn more about his fellowship goal here.

Schnittger and a fellow-UC alumnus (Brad Cooper, a 2009 graduate of DAAP, is the other 2015 Haile Fellow) were both chosen by a team of external panelists, who evaluated nearly 100 fellowship proposals for feasibility, scalability, innovation and the potential to leave a lasting impact on Greater Cincinnati.

You can learn even more about Schnittger’s project courtesy of John Faherty and the Cincinnati Enquirer here.

People’s Liberty is funded in large part by the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation and the Johnson Foundation.

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Tickets Still Available For Tonight’s World Piano Competition Finals!

 

The Final Round of the 2014 World Piano Competition opens in less than two hours! Tickets are still available, so don’t miss your chance to see 2014 finalists Reed Tetzloff, Feng Bian and Moye Chen each perform with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra! Who will take home the gold? Find out tonight!

This evening’s program includes Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Visit www.cincinnatiwpc.org/get-tickets for more information.

Pay-on-entry parking for this event is available on the University of Cincinnati campus in the CCM Garage for $8 (cash only).

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Introducing the World Piano Competition’s 2014 Finalists

From left to right, WPC Executive Director Mark Ernster with this year's finalists: Reed Tetzloff, Feng Bian and Moye Chen.

From left to right, WPC Executive Director Mark Ernster with this year’s finalists: Reed Tetzloff, Feng Bian and Moye Chen.

Without further ado, we are delighted to introduce you to this year’s World Piano Competition finalists! Reed Tetzloff, Feng Bian and Moye Chen will each take the CCM stage with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra during the Finals Concert this Saturday, June 28. Learn more about all three finalists by visiting www.cincinnatiwpc.org/index.

Tetzloff, Bian and Chen will compete for a total of $45,000 in prize money as well as a debut recital in New York City. These are sure to be some of the most impassioned and inspiring performances of the summer. Last year’s WPC Finals Concert sold out, so don’t miss out; purchase your tickets today!

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CCM Productions Win Big at League of Cincinnati Theatres’ 2014 Awards Ceremony

League of Cincinnati TheatresWinners of the League of Cincinnati Theatres’ (LCT) 2013-14 Season Awards were announced on Monday night, with CCM faculty members, students and productions taking home a number of awards, including:

  • Best Musical (Tie): CCM’s Les Miserables (tied with Carnegie Theatre’s Chicago)
  • Choreography (Tie): Diane Lala and Patti James for CCM’s Singin’ in the Rain (tied with David Baum for Carnegie Theatre’s Chicago)
  • Music Direction: Steve Goers for CCM’s Les Miserables
  • Scenic Design: Mark Halpin for CCM’s Singin’ in the Rain
  • Ensemble in a Musical: CCM’s Les Miserables
  • Lead Actor in a Musical: Blaine Krauss in CCM’s Les Miserables
  • Featured Actor in a Musical: Matthew Paul Hill in CCM’s Les Miserables
  • Featured Actress in a Musical: Jenny Hickman in CCM’s Carrie

Faculty member Kelly Yurko also received a Special Contribution Award for her prosthetic design for Clifton Players’ production of The Whale. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

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CCM Alumnus Josh Prince Nominated for Astaire Award

CCM alumnus Josh Prince (BFA, 1996).

CCM alumnus Josh Prince (BFA, 1996).

We are happy to report that CCM alumnus Josh Prince (BFA, 1996) has been nominated for a Fred and Adele Astaire Award in the category of Outstanding Choreographer for a Broadway Show for his work on the new musical Beautiful: The Carol King Musical. This prestigious award honors excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and in film.

Prince is the latest in a long line of CCM alumni who have been both nominees and winners of this award:

  • In 2002, Justin Bohon (Class of 2000) won the award as Outstanding Male Dancer for his performance as Will Parker in Oklahoma!
  • In 2008, Karen Olivo (Class of 1997) received the award for In the Heights followed by a nomination for her performance as Anita in West Side Story in 2009.
  • Also in 2009, Kearran Giovanni (Class of 2003) received a nomination for her performance in the revival of Guys and Dolls.
  • In 2010, Savannah Wise (Class of 2006) received a nomination for her work in Ragtime.
  • In 2012, Ryan Breslin (Class of 2011) was nominated as Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show for his work in Newsies.

The 32nd annual Astaire Awards will be presented on June 2 at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

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