Registration is now open for all 2017-18 CCM Prep courses

CCM Preparatory Offers New Dance, Music and Theatre Arts Classes for Teens and Adults

Registration is now open for all 2017-18 CCM Prep courses

CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement offers a variety of programs for pre-professional students and arts enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.  Seven new courses for teens and adults are now included in CCM Prep’s 2017-18 program offerings.

The new offerings are for students interested in learning dance, theatre arts and music skills. Registration is now open. Visit ccm.uc.edu/prep/registrationinfo for a complete list of programs and registration information.

CCM Prep aims to provide enjoyable and accessible arts opportunities within a highly creative environment that educate and inspire the whole student, at any age and skill level. Courses are taught by CCM Prep faculty members and guest artists. Visit ccm.uc.edu/prep for more information.
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NEW 2017-18 CCM PREP OFFERINGS

STREET STYLE DANCE
Instructor: Julius Jenkins (Eclypse)
4-5 p.m. every Tuesday, beginning Sept. 5 to Jan. 9

Ages 15 and up, no experience required
Street Style Dances have strong foundational movements and extremely rich histories. Learn styles originating from the Bronx to L.A. through high-energy participatory movement. Classes focus on five major street dance styles, Breaking, Popping, Locking, House and Krump. Learn how each style differs from the other and how they are related. Students will gain a basic understanding of the history and historical contexts out of which these styles evolved.
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 MUSICAL THEATRE INSIGHTS
Instructors: Dee Anne Bryll and Becca Kloha Strand
Session One: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, Sept. 9 to Nov. 18
Session Two: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, Jan. 20 to March 24
Ages 14-18 in grades 9 and above, no audition required
This 10-week, two-hour weekly session consists of a one-hour musical theatre dance class and a one-hour musical theatre performance class. Students will work on further enhancing their skills in acting for musical theatre, musical theatre dance, audition techniques and ensemble building. Students will have the opportunity to prepare and present material of varying styles and historical periods over the course of 10 weeks. The last day of class will consist of class observation and a question and answer session.
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INTERMEDIATE MODERN DANCE
Instructor: Ka-Ron Brown Lehman
Noon-1:30 p.m. every Saturday through May 12
Ballet Level 5 or higher, or with instructor permission
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CHAMBER MUSIC
Instructor: CCM Preparatory Faculty
Coaching times will be arranged based on individual student/teacher schedules
For adults and advanced high school musicians
Chamber music has been referred to as “a musical conversation among friends.” In this semester-long program, students will increase their musical skills and learn new repertoire while making new friends and enjoying the true joys of music making. The program includes coaching by CCM Preparatory faculty, a special event that may be a master class, an informal reading session or a social hour/recital. The semester culminates in a formal recital and reception.
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THE CENTERED PERFORMER: HOW TO THRIVE UNDER STRESS FOR PERFORMANCE SUCCESS
Instructor: Jennifer Roig-Francoli
Noon-1:30 p.m. every Saturday (15 week session), with occasional online classes
For ages 16 and above
This class is open to students from all performance areas (age 16+). Musicians, dancers and actors of all skill levels are welcome. In this class, you will learn powerful mind-body coordination techniques to manage stress under any circumstances and how to release tension to improve your artistic skill. You will learn how to free yourself from negative habits of mind and body that sabotage your success, and how to save time and energy with mindful, deliberate practice. This is a structured class covering specific performance-related topics, which may be taken more than once. Occasional “Easy-Access” classes may be offered online instead of onsite at CCM. Learning materials and links will be provided. Classes are taught by certified Alexander Technique teacher and professional performer Jennifer Roig-Francolí.
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THE CENTERED MUSICIAN TM: RELAX UNDER STRESS AND PLAY YOUR BEST!
Instructor: Jennifer Roig-Francoli
4-5 p.m. every Sunday (15 week session), with occasional online classes
For teens 14 and above
In this class, you will learn how to speed up your learning and save time in the practice room, how to relax your body while you play, and how to overcome pain, stress and performance anxiety. This is a structured class which may be taken more than once. Occasional “Easy-Access” classes may be offered online instead of onsite at CCM. Learning materials and links will be provided. Classes are taught by certified Alexander Technique teacher and professional performer Jennifer Roig-Francolí.
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THE CENTERED MUSICIAN TM: RELAX UNDER STRESS AND PLAY YOUR BEST!
Instructor: Jennifer Roig-Francoli
11 a.m.-1 p.m. every Wednesday (15 week session), with occasional online classes
For adults
In this class, you will learn how to speed up your learning and save time in the practice room, how to relax your body while you play, and how to overcome pain, stress and performance anxiety.  This is a structured class which may be taken more than once. Occasional “Easy-Access” classes may be offered online instead of onsite. Learning materials and links will be provided. Classes are taught by certified Alexander Technique teacher and professional performer Jennifer Roig-Francolí.
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Please visit CCM Prep’s online registration site for descriptions and tuition details on all programs offered during the 2017-18 academic year. You can also request more information by calling 513-556-2595 or emailing ccmprep@uc.edu.

 

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2016-2017 Junior Musical Theatre Intensive Performance Troupe

CCM Prep Presents ‘Singin’ in the Rain Jr.’ Musical

Students in CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement’s Junior Musical Theatre Intensive showcase their talents in a 70-minute junior version of the classic 1952 movie musical Singin’ in the Rain.

Step into the fictional world of Monumental Pictures for CCM Prep’s junior version of Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynold’s beloved musical Singin’ in the Rain. Directed by Dee Anne Bryll with musical direction from Rebecca Childs, Singin’ in the Rain Jr. runs Thursday, May 4, through Saturday, May 6 at CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater.

“This version was faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original, award-winning screenplay,” Bryll said. “The snappy dialogue, great songs and hilarious situations will guarantee a great night at the theater for the entire family.”

Singin’ in the Rain Jr. is only 70 minutes but still includes all of the audiences’ favorite tunes like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Fit as a Fiddle,” “You Were Meant for Me,” “Broadway Melody” and “Moses Supposes.”

Students from CCM Prep’s Junior Musical Theatre Intensive (Jr. MTI) previously presented an excerpt of Singin’ in the Rain Jr. at the iTheatrics Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, where they earned an Excellence in Dance award. CCM’s Jr. MTI program has presented at this competition for four years and has achieved recognitions of excellence each year. The competition has also led to individual opportunities for students.

“Our students have won individual awards at the festival and have been chosen as Festival All Stars. We have had several students chosen to go New York during the summer and perform in the iTheatrics’ DVD series,” Bryll said.

CCM Prep’s Jr. MTI program provides real-world training to young musical theatre actors ages 9-15. The students receive instruction in audition preparation, vocal music, choreography and performance technique while working toward a full-scale musical production. Students also have the opportunity to work with guest artists throughout the year.

Come see the next generation of CCM’s “stars of tomorrow” as they take the stage for Singin’ in the Rain Jr. on May 4-6 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater.

For more information on CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement, visit ccm.uc.edu/prep.

Production Staff
Dee Anne Bryll, Director and Choreographer
Rebecca Childs, Musical Director
Becca Kloha Strand, Choreographers
Levi Kiess, Set Design
Elanor Eberhardt, Light Design
Mikaela Acton, Stage Manager

Performance Times
7 p.m. Thursday, May 4
7 p.m. Friday, May 5
3 & 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6

Location
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Singin’ in the Rain, Jr. are $15 general, 10 non-UC students, and FREE for UC students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

Parking and Directions

Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

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Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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Preparatory Ballet Concert. Photography by Kyuran Ann Choe.

CCM Preparatory Presents the Spring Youth Ballet Concert

CCM Preparatory students perform traditional and contemporary works at the annual Spring Youth Ballet Concert. Directed by Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer, the ballet concert is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

The program features a partially restaged performance of Act III of Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty, with choreography by Marius Petipa and restaging by CCM Prep Ballet faculty.

Other highlights include three works performed and choreographed by graduating high school seniors in the CCM Prep Ballet program.

The CCM Prep Youth Ballet program is open to any dancer ages 9-18. “Our goal is to expose our young dancers to many of the classic ballets, which helps develop their performance skills and ballet technique,” said Jacobs-Percer, who teaches in CCM’s collegiate Dance Department and serves as the ballet director in CCM Prep.

For more information about CCM Prep Dance, visit ccm.uc.edu/prep/dance.

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Performance Times
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to CCM Prep’s Spring Youth Ballet Concert are $15 general, $10 non-UC students and FREE for UC students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

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Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

Photography by Kyuran Ann Choe

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Bengals Coach Paul Alexander hosts Gino James DiMario Memorial Fundraiser

Faculty from Preparatory and Community Engagement Programs at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music will perform in a special fundraising event at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 17. Hosted by Assistant Head Coach of the Cincinnati Bengals Paul Alexander and his wife Kathy, the fundraiser benefits the Gino James DiMario Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship fund is in honor of Gino DiMario, a second-grade student in CCM Prep who tragically and unexpectedly passed away in 2005. His memorial scholarship gives other preparatory students the opportunity to experience one of Gino’s favorite things — music. More than 50 CCM Prep students have received scholarships through the fund since its inception.

Paul Alexander, who participates in piano lessons through CCM Prep, will host the fundraiser at his home in Mason. Faculty performers for the fundraiser include Lilyanne Thoroughman, violin; Harold Byers, violin; Peggy Grant, oboe; Colin Lambert, cello, Nathaniel Chaitkin, cello; Karie-Lee Sutherland, soprano; Nave Graham, flute and Yukin Brandenburgh, piano.

Event Information
The fundraiser will begin with dinner and drinks at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 17. CCM Prep faculty will perform at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the fundraiser are $100 per person or $175 per couple; seating is limited. Tickets are available by calling CCM Prep at 513-556-2595.

About the Gino James DiMario Memorial Scholarship Fund
Gino DiMario was 4 1/2 years old when he began taking lessons in CCM Preparatory’s Suzuki Piano program. Gino loved music, starting with Kindermusik when he was 2, singing in his church’s Cherub Choir and later playing the drums. He died tragically on Feb. 19, 2005, after performing in his first CCM Concerto Competition at Werner Recital Hall. His love of music moved his parents and CCM Preparatory to establish an endowed scholarship in 2006 to further the education of students and faculty who show the determination, commitment and creativity that Gino embodied.

About CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement
The CCM Preparatory Department provides instruction and performance opportunities in music, theater and dance to students of all ages and abilities through private instruction, classes, ensembles, internship experiences and various performance opportunities in accordance with the highest levels of excellence of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Call us at 513-556-2595 or visit us at ccm.uc.edu/prep.

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TNNUA students and CCM Prep Assistant Dean John Martin at Cincinnati's Buca di Beppo restaurant.

CCM Prep Hosts Music Students from Tainan National University of the Arts

Twelve instrumental music students from the Tainan National University of the Arts (TNNUA) in Taiwan are visiting UC’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) this week to study with faculty members, attend CCM events and perform throughout Greater Cincinnati. The trip marks the beginning of a partnership between TNNUA and CCM’s Preparatory and Community Engagement Department (CCM Prep) to foster global understanding and share learning pathways between international students.

The students, who range in age from 16-18, are part of a unique seven-year program where they can complete both high school and college at TNNUA. While they are in Cincinnati, the young musicians will hold free concerts at the Twin Towers Retirement Community, Cincinnati Art Museum and the Seasons Retirement Community, among additional locations throughout Greater Cincinnati.

They will also perform with CCM Prep students in a joint recital on Saturday, March 11 at 12:30 p.m. at CCM’s Watson Recital Hall. More information on this free recital at CCM is below.

In November, Assistant Dean of CCM Prep John Martin and voice faculty member Trio Jeng visited TNNUA to discuss a partnership between the two programs. TNNUA administrators hope to bring CCM faculty and students to Taiwan in the future.

TNNUA Music Department Chair Dr. Ching-Tzy Ko is escorting the students during their visit to Cincinnati. The twelve students include Juo-Yan Chiou, Wan-Lun Kao, Shih-En Hung, Yeh-Chun Lin, Jeng-Gang Han, Yi-Te Chiu, Cuei-Han Liu, Hsuan-Ting Yeh, Yun-Chu Chen, Pin-Yun Lai and Ting-Wei Shao and Meng-Chi Wu.

While they are in Cincinnati, the students will participate in lessons with CCM’s renowned faculty members and will attend rehearsals with CCM ensembles. They will also attend a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concert at Taft Theater on Thursday and the Ariel Quartet’s concert at CCM on Friday. The students return to Taiwan on Monday.

“They have already been quite busy and have a full week of lessons, coaching sessions, rehearsals, observations and performances ahead,” Martin said. “As you see them around campus, please extend a warm welcome.”

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Performance Information

12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11
Joint Recital with TNNUA Musicians and CCM Prep students
HONG: Dusk on Dansui River
MARCELLO: Sonata in G Minor
BEETHOVEN: Romance, Op. 40, No. 1 in G Major
KUHLAU: Duets Op. 10, No. 1
BRUCH: Romance, Op. 85
BÉRIOT: Duo Concertant, Op. 57, No. 3
POPPER: Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68
LISZT: Transcendental Etude, No. 6 (Vision)
Location: CCM’s Watson Recital Hall
Admission: Free and open to the general public

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

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CCM’s Lonely Instruments for Needs Kids Program Announces 2015 Instrument Collection Dates: March 14 and 15

LINKSCCM holds its annual LINKS (Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids) Collection Days on Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers (2692 Madison Rd., Rookwood Pavilion, Cincinnati). The hours for the collection drive are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. Sunday.

LINKS, a project of the Friends of CCM with support from Buddy Roger’s Music, Joseph-Beth Booksellers and WGUC 90.9 FM, began in 1993 as the brainchild of CCM alumnus Bill Harvey (BM Music Education, 1971), Vice President of Buddy Roger’s Music.

Harvey, well-respected by music teachers in the Greater Cincinnati area, wanted to fill the need of getting instruments into the hands of students whose parents were not able to buy, rent or borrow an instrument. The solution was somewhat simple — a “recycling program” for musical instruments.

Since 1993, LINKS has placed more than 2,000 instruments into the hands of children unable to purchase or rent instruments of their own. LINKS accepts donations of new and used instruments from the Greater Cincinnati community, then places them with students in local elementary, middle and high school bands and orchestras, as well as with students in the CCM Preparatory Department. Students are qualified by the recommendation of their music teacher, and a LINKS scholarship application is submitted in the student’s name.

Even if the instrument is not in perfect condition, donations are gladly accepted. Buddy Roger’s Music generously contributes the time to carefully restore, tune and clean each instrument. All of the donations are tax deductible, and Joseph-Beth Booksellers will donate 20% of store purchases back to LINKS during the collection days (learn more here). Entertainment during the collection will be provided by local music students of all ages.

If you do not have an instrument, you can still assist young musicians who need a helping hand by making a contribution to the LINKS fund at https://ccm.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/LINKS.

In addition to the March 14 and 15 collection days, instruments are accepted year-round at any Buddy Roger’s Music Store. Call 513-729-1950 for store locations.

For more information on LINKS or to make a monetary donation, call the CCM External Relations Office at 513-556-2100.

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THE VILLAGE NEWS – Fall 2014

Masthead for Fall 2014 issue of THE VILLAGE NEWS.

NOTATIONS AND OVATIONS

STUDENT PRODUCED ‘GOLD RUSH EXPEDITION RACE’ FILM SERIES TO AIR ON UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK
This action-packed documentary film series will be coming to television sets nationwide this fall! Read more…

CCM WELCOMES ITS FIRST DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Anne Cushing-Reid will help CCM expand its community engagement efforts through her new role with the Preparatory Department. Read more…

ALUMNI APPLAUSE

PERFORMANCE STUDIES ALUMNA APPOINTED TO PROFESSOR OF OBOE
Merideth Hite (BM, ’06) has joined the faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi. Read more…

CCM ALUMNUS MAKES HIS BROADWAY DEBUT IN THE HIT REVIVAL OF PIPPIN
After touring the nation with The Book of Mormon, Michael Schwitter (BFA, ’12) takes on the role of Pippin’s brother Lewis at the Music Box Theatre. Read more…

CCM ALUMNI WIN TOP PRIZES IN PLÁCIDO DOMINGO’S WORLD OPERA COMPETITION
Amanda Woodbury (MM, ’12), John Holiday (MM, ’12) and Yi Li (AD, ’13) were among this year’s finalists in the Operalia competition. Read more…

FACULTY FANFARE

CCM PROFESSOR OF COMPOSITION ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Joel Hoffman joined the University of Cincinnati faculty in 1978. This October, CCM will celebrate his service with a special concert featuring the Ariel Quartet. Read more…

STUDENT SALUTES

FRESHMAN DRAMA MAJOR RECEIVES CINCINNATUS PRESIDENTIAL AWARD
Isaac Hickox-Young is one of only 11 incoming UC students to receive this prestigious award, which pays full tuition, boarding fees and more for four years. Read more…

CCM DMA CANDIDATE RECEIVES MAY FESTIVAL FELLOWSHIP
First-year graduate student Daniel Blosser has been chosen as the 2014-15 May Festival Choral Conducting Fellow. Read more…

TUNE IN

THE CCM WIND ORCHESTRA TAKES THE STAGE AT A NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Watch the complete performance here.

DID YOU KNOW?

CCM’S STUDIO SERIES REMAINS ONE OF THE HOTTEST TICKETS IN CINCINNATI!
Box Office Manager Jeanne Rose provides the inside scoop on how to score tickets for this year’s productions! Read more…

SAVE THE DATE

CCM’S MAINTAGE SERIES PRESENTS MACBETH
Shakespeare’s dark and twisted tragedy makes its CCM debut Oct. 1 – 5, 2014. Read more…

THE MIND AND MUSIC OF CHOPIN
The Friends of CCM and the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute welcome special guest artist Richard Kogan on Oct. 10. Read more…

CCM IN THE NEWS

New Artist of the Month: Conductor and CCM Alumnus Isaac Selya (Musical America Worldwide). Read more…
CCM Prep Teaches More Than How to Perform (Cincy Magazine). Read more…

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