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 Preparatory Hosts Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Recital Oct. 30

Music students in the Preparatory and Community Engagement Department at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music will perform in a benefit recital for the Gino James DiMario Memorial Scholarship at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 in Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

CCM Prep students dressed in Halloween costumes for last year's Gino DiMario Scholarship Recital.

CCM Prep students dressed in Halloween costumes for last year’s Gino DiMario Scholarship Recital.

The scholarship fund is in honor of Gino DiMario, a second-grade student in the CCM Preparatory program who tragically and unexpectedly passed away in 2005. He was involved at CCM Preparatory and the Junior Music Experience for several years, and he had already performed in several recitals and competitions.

His memorial scholarship gives other preparatory students the opportunity to experience one of Gino’s favorite things — music.

To apply for the scholarship, students must complete a rigorous application process called the DiMario Scholars Program, which includes community service, three public performances, a concert review, an essay and two evaluations by a CCM Preparatory faculty member. Scholarship winners are chosen by the music advisory cabinet, CCM Preparatory staff and Gino’s parents, Michael and Sharron DiMario, on the basis of teacher evaluations, enthusiasm for and commitment to musical studies and participation in wider experiences, such as community service.

Recipients of the scholarship for the current year are encouraged to perform in the annual scholarship recital. Students are not eligible to receive the scholarship more than once, so they will be raising funds for future recipients through this recital. The performance will feature CCM Preparatory guitarists, oboe players, pianists, violinists and singers.

Including the current recipients, 51 young musicians have received the Gino James DiMario Memorial Scholarship, which amounts to a total of approximately $15,000 over the program’s 11 years.

CCM Prep offers private music lessons and music theory classes to children and adults seeking to receive foundational training in music. The preparatory department also offers lessons and classes in dance and theatre arts.

For additional information on the Gino James DiMario Scholarship Recital, please call CCM Prep at 513-556-2595 or visit http://ccm.uc.edu/prep/music/dimario-program.html.

CCM Preparatory Musicians
Ayan Mehta, guitar
Oliver Powell-Campbell, guitar
Franziska Sturdevant, guitar
Joe Welage, guitar
Amy Dennison, oboe
Peggy Grant, oboe
Cheryl Johnson, oboe
Isaac Scott, oboe
Christopher Wolfzorn, oboe
Henry Campbell, piano
Gina Fanelli, piano
Caty Leahy, piano
Maggie Leahy, piano
Ellie Mays, piano
Josie Mays, piano
Darcy McMahon, piano
Sebastian Morales, piano
Yousef Mostafa, piano
Jaida Mostafa, piano
Natasha Saputra, piano
Corrinne Smith, piano
Sophia Suwiryo, piano
Charlotte Wagstaff, piano
Shelby Wagstaff, piano
Andrew Zhou, piano
Jason Zhou, piano
Mina Shen, violin
Ishana Galgali, voice
Maggie Schoettker, voice
Ke’Andra Warren, voice

Performance Time

3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30
Reception to follow

Location

Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission
Admission is free. Donations will be accepted.

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

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CCM and Twin Towers Partnership Grows to Embed Four Students Within Senior Living Community

In 2015, CCM and Twin Towers partnered to create a new artist-in-residence program, which provided two CCM graduate students with free housing as they lived and performed in the senior living community. The program provides students with an immersive learning experience while bringing new musical talents to the Twin Towers residents.

It began as an experiment, said Twin Towers Executive Director Jim Lay, and after a successful first year, the program doubled to embed two more graduate students in the community. The four student artists reside on one of the Twin Towers campuses as they work complete their graduate degrees at CCM. They perform one recital per month and socialize with the community’s residents throughout the year in discussions and open rehearsals.

“None of us imagined the level and depth of mutual connection and personal relationships that have emerged between these individuals of different generations, nor did we imagine the potential impact that this relationship has had on the energy and vitality within our Twin Towers community,” Lay said.

The program’s inaugural artists-in-residence were second-year Master of Music students soprano Annie Barr and collaborative pianist Alyssa Griffith. This year, they are joined by harpist Anna Odell and jazz studies major Angie Coyle, both are first-year Master of Music students at CCM.

Annie Barr remembers how supportive the Twin Towers residents were during the first year of the program and said she loved performing in front of such an encouraging audience, which usually included around 200 residents.

“Making someone else’s day brighter with music makes my day,” she said. “I talk to many of the residents most days, simply from walking on community grounds or practicing in the main lounge. I’ve learned a lot about their lives and in return they’ve learned about my life as a musician.”

The two new artists-in-residence, Anna Odell and Angie Coyle, moved in to their new homes in August and were quickly invited to a welcome “block party” to meet their Twin Towers neighbors.

“When I first heard about Twin Towers, I loved the idea of automatically having ‘150 grandparents,’ “Odell said. “Living at Twin Towers has been amazing. The community is so kind and welcoming; I felt at home right as soon as I moved in.”

The program offers her a valuable opportunity to improve performance skills in monthly recitals for the residents, she said. “Performing is a skill that definitely takes practice and gets easier the more you do it, so playing at Twin Towers is a great atmosphere in which to fine-tune that skill.”

Angie Coyle added: “This program makes it easier for us to focus on our studies by helping with the financial burden and it also gives us a chance to be somewhere that our music is truly appreciated. It is nice to see people so grateful for us being here and sharing our music with them.”

All four artists-in-residence performed at Twin Towers for the first time this year on Thursday, Sept. 15, in a “meet and greet” concert for the senior living community. They will also perform short, 30-minute concerts as part of “Twin Towers Day” at the CiTiRAMA home showing event in College Hill on Friday, Sept. 16.

On October 14, the students will perform in the Twin Towers “A Musical Feast” fundraising concert. Event details for “A Musical Feast” will be available on the Twin Towers website within the month.

“When you attend an evening concert, it is inspiring to see the genuine affection shared between those who perform and their audience of neighbors and dear friends,” Jim Lay said. “I cannot envision a future at Twin Towers that would not include these beloved artists.”

twin-towersAbout the Twin Towers Senior Living Community
Located on Hamilton Avenue between Cincinnati’s Northside and College Hill neighborhoods, Twin Towers is committed to enhancing adult lifestyles through a philosophy of whole-person wellness. Specializing in both residential and assisted living, the community consists of patio and apartment homes throughout their Towers, Greeno, North and Parkview areas. Twin Towers provides a full neighborhood experience including an extensive dining area, full gym and pool, and multiple other locations for residents to meet, interact and partake in the arts.

Twin Towers is owned and operated by Loveland-based Life Enriching Communities, Inc. (LEC), a private not-for-profit corporation, offering an integrated family of lifestyle communities and senior living services in greater Cincinnati. Best known for their Twin Towers and Twin Lakes senior living communities, they deliver exceptional everyday experiences to everyone they serve. With a focus on quality living options and healthcare services, and a commitment to whole-person wellness, LEC has become one of the area’s leading senior living providers. Life Enriching Communities is affiliated with the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church and welcomes people of all faiths. For more information, please visit http://www.lec.org.

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