Watch CCM piano majors perform in 3-part ‘COVID Etude Project’

CCM presents three concert streams featuring piano students performing in Robert J. Werner Recital Hall and in other performance spaces throughout the world!

Presented in conjunction with the CCMONSTAGE Online series of concert streams, the COVID Etude Project showcases three complete sets of etudes by composers Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy and William Bolcom, performed by CCM students and streamed online nightly from Friday, March 26 through Sunday, March 28. Each concert will stream simultaneously on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

“The COVID Etude Project is a joint-studio project of mine and Professor Ran Dank,” says CCM Associate Professor of Piano Soyeon Kate Lee. “It was conceived to keep our students motivated and create a sense of purpose and community during this unprecedented time.”

“Many of our students are overseas, some whom we have never met in-person, and we have tried to make the most of our time on Zoom together and build a studio community despite the circumstances.”

As explained by arts writer Janelle Gelfand in her preview of CCM’s COVID Etude Project for the Cincinnati Business Courier: “Etudes are difficult studies for mastering a technical challenge, such as runs, leaps, octaves or arpeggios. They are also engaging musical works. Composers such as Chopin, Debussy, Liszt and Rachmaninoff wrote etudes meant for the concert hall.”

The first concert stream at 7:30 p.m. EDT on March 26 features Liszt’s Transcendental Études, a 12-part piece published in 1852. The episode is roughly one hour long.

The second stream at 7:30 p.m. EDT on March 27 showcases Debussy’s Twelve Études, composed in 1915 and regarded as one of the more challenging works in the piano repertoire. The episode is approximately 50 minutes long.

The final stream at 7:30 p.m. EDT on March 28 shares Bolcom’s Twelve New Etudes written between 1977 and 1986. The episode is 45 minutes long.

After each premiere broadcast, all three installments of the COVID Etude Project will remain available for on-demand viewing on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

Students recorded one etude each wherever they were — some students performed in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, while others gave their performances at home or in piano showrooms near their residences.

“Seeing our students take up this challenge with so much energy, professionalism and positive spirit is so gratifying to see, and definitely has been one of the highlights for me at CCM,” said Lee.

CCM’s COVID Etude Project is produced by Joel Crawford Recording and is made possible by generous support from Louis and Susan Meisel.

Learn more about CCM’s upcoming video releases courtesy of Janelle Gelfand and the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Streaming Premiere

  • Liszt’s Transcendental Études: 7:30 p.m. EDT Friday, March 26, 2021
  • Debussy’s Twelve Études: 7:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • Bolcom’s Twelve New Etudes: 7:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, March 28, 2021

Performance Details

Liszt’s Transcendental Études Performers and Repertoire

  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 1, “Preludio”
    • Performed by Robert Brooks Carlson, Master of Music student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 2, “Fusées”
    • Performed by Robert Brooks Carlson, Master of Music student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 3, “Paysage”
    • Performed by Sooyeon Baik, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 4, “Mazeppa”
    • Performed by Lywon Yeo, Artist Diploma student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 5, “Feux Follets”
    • Performed by Wen Pan, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 6, “Vision”
    • Performed by Jiwon Son, Artist Diploma student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 7, “Eroica”
    • Performed by Mu-tien Lai, Master of Music student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 8, “Wilde Jagd”
    • Performed by Tianmi Wu, Master of Music student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 9, “Ricordanza”
    • Performed by Zhaoyi Long, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 10 in F Minor
    • Performed by Gwangwon Park, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 11, “Harmonies du soir”
    • Performed by Jeremy Ho, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 12, “Chasse-neige”
    • Performed by Nicholas Ho, Doctor of Musical Arts student

Debussy’s Twelve Études Performers and Repertoire

  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 1, “Pour les cinq doigts” (d’après Monsieur Czerny)
    • Performed by Ye Qian, Bachelor of Music student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 2, “Pour les tierces”
    • Performed by Shaoming Yang, Master of Music student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 3, “Pour les quartes”
    • Performed by Chisato Fuji, Bachelor of Music student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 4, “Pour les sixtes”
    • Performed by Yiyue Su, Bachelor of Music student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 5, “Pour les octaves”
    • Performed by Anjun Zheng, Master of Music student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 6, “Pour les huit doigts”
    • Performed by Angela Pui-Yee Lau, Master of Music student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 7, “Pour les degrés chromatiques”
    • Performed by Dongqin Yu, Bachelor of Music student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 8, “Pour les agréments”
    • Performed by Yuyao Qu, Bachelor of Music student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 9, “Pour les notes répétées”
    • Performed by Helena Kim, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 10, “Pour les sonorités opposées”
    • Performed by Hyrum Arnesen, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 11, “Pour les arpèges composés”
    • Performed by Gavin Davis, Bachelor of Music student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 12, “Pour les accords”
    • Performed by Jiao Sun, Artist Diploma student

Bolcom’s Twelve New Etudes Performers and Repertoire

  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book I, No. 1, “Fast, furious”
    • Performed by Stuart Zhang, Master of Music student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book I, No. 2, “Récitatif”
    • Performed by Stuart Zhang, Master of Music student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book I, No. 3, “Mirrors”
    • Performed by Seran Lee, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book II, No. 4, “Scène d’opéra”
    • Performed by Catharine Baek, Bachelor of Music student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book II, No. 5, “Butterflies, hummingbirds”
    • Performed by Ming-Li Liu, Master of Music student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book II, No. 6, “Nocturne”
    • Performed by Joseph Vaz, Master of Music student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book III, No. 7, “Premonitions”
    • Performed by PyeongAn Kim, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book III, No. 8, “Rag infernal (Syncopes apocalyptiques)”
    • Performed by Yaoyue Huang, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book III, No. 9, “Invention”
    • Performed by Yu-Chia Kuo, Master of Music student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book IV, No. 10, “Vers le silence”
    • Performed by Ariadne Antipa, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book IV, No. 11, “Hi-jinks”
    • Performed by Vikki Chen, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book IV, No. 12, “Hymne á l’amour”
    • Performed by Scott Sherman, Doctor of Musical Arts student

Creative Team

CCM COVID Etude Project Directors
Ran Dank, Assistant Professor of Piano
Soyeon Kate Lee, Associate Professor of Piano

COVID Etude Project Produced By
Joel Crawford Recording
http://www.joelcrawfordrecording.com

Keyboard Studies Division Head
Michelle Conda

Piano Technicians
Rebekah Whitacre
Eric Wolfley

Senior Director of Performance Operations
Rayburn Dobson

CCMONSTAGE Online Series Concept Developed and Managed by
Curt Whitacre 

CCM Digital Content Team
Kenneth D. Allen
Clarence M. Brown
Kevin Burke
Rebecca Butts
Rayburn Dobson
Mikki Graff
Melissa Neeley-Nicolini
Jeanne Rose
Simón Sotelo
Stephanie Temeles
Curt Whitacre


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For more information, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.


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CSO musicians on stage during the CSO's "Live from Music Hall" concert stream.

CCM faculty featured in CSO’s grand return to Music Hall

CSO musicians on stage during the CSO's "Live from Music Hall" concert stream.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s “Live from Music Hall” performance is available to stream online

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra mounted its first live performance in Music Hall since the outbreak of COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the remainder of its season. The Live from Music Hall performance, initially streamed on Saturday, May 16, is available to watch online.

The performance featured the launch of the CSO’s Fanfare Project, which commissions new music from more than a dozen composers to “inspire and uplift and to help us make sense of this moment in our shared history through the universal language of music.” CCM Professor and CSO Principal Oboe Dwight Parry gave the world premiere of the Fanfare Project’s first composition vitres (fragment…) by CSO Creative Partner Matthias Pintscher in the opening of the live-streamed concert.

CSO pianist and CCM Professor Michael Chertock with CSO principal cello and CCM Professor Ilya Finkelshteyn.

CSO pianist and CCM Professor Michael Chertock with CSO principal cello and CCM Professor Ilya Finkelshteyn.

Following the world premiere, four CSO musicians took the stage to perform Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A Minor — while maintaining social distances and wearing face masks. The performance featured CCM professors Michael Chertock, piano, and Ilya Finkelshteyn, cello; as well as CSO concertmaster Stefani Matsuo and principal viola Christian Colberg.

“The event was one step forward to the time when theaters will reopen, and we won’t be afraid to share a live communal experience,” wrote arts reporter Janelle Gelfand in her review for the Cincinnati Business Courier. “It was a message of hope that eventually our arts and culture will re-emerge.”

Watch the full performance online.


Images captured from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s concert video.

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CCM student Elena Villalón (center) with the other winners of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. From left to right: Miles Mykkanen, William Guanbo Su, Elena Villalón, Thomas Glass and Michaela Wolz. Photography courtesy of Ken Howard.

CCM Student Elena Villalón Named Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2019 National Council Auditions

CCM student Elena Villalón (center) with the other winners of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. From left to right: Miles Mykkanen, William Guanbo Su, Elena Villalón, Thomas Glass and Michaela Wolz. Photography courtesy of Ken Howard.

CCM student Elena Villalón (center) with the other winners of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. From left to right: Miles Mykkanen, William Guanbo Su, Elena Villalón, Thomas Glass and Michaela Wolz. Photography courtesy of Ken Howard.

We are thrilled to report that current CCM student Elena Villalón has been named a Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2019 National Council Auditions! After a months-long series of auditions involving more than 1,000 singers at the district, regional and national levels, a panel of expert judges named Villalón and four other singers as the winners of the 65th annual Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Each winner receives a $15,000 cash prize. You can learn more about all of the 2019 National Council Winners by visiting www.metopera.org/about/auditions/national-council-auditions/winners.

Senior Voice Performance major Elena Villalón has been named a Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2019 National Council Auditions.

Senior Voice Performance major Elena Villalón has been named a Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2019 National Council Auditions.

A soprano from Austin, Texas, who studies with CCM Professor William McGraw, Villalón joins Houston Grand Opera’s studio artist program in the 2019-20 season, after being a finalist and winning the audience prize in the 31st annual Eleanor McCollum Competition. She has been a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and at Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy. Her CCM performances include the roles of Adele in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone and Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring.

As previously reported, fellow CCM-trained singers  Joshua Wheeker, tenor (CCM Voice 2007-2012); Murrella Parton (MM Voice, 2017) also advanced to the Met’s National Council Semi-Finals this year.

This marks the second consecutive year that CCM singers have “won the Met,” as CCM alumna Jessica Faselt (MM Voice, 2016) was one of five singers who won the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. You can learn more about Faselt’s win courtesy of the Cincinnati Business Courier.

CCM alumni and students frequently advance to the final rounds of the Met’s National Council Auditions, which is widely considered to be the nation’s most prestigious vocal competition. In 2017, four CCM alumni competed in the semi-finals, including Faselt; Summer Hassan, soprano (MM Voice, 2014); Andrew Manea, baritone (MM Voice, 2016); and Cody Quattlebaum, bass-baritone (BM Voice, 2015) — who was chosen as a finalist during that year’s national competition.

About the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions

Following the creation of the Met’s National Council in the 1952-53 season, the first Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions took place in 1954 in the Twin Cities. For over 60 years, the annual competition has helped launch the careers of countless young singers, including some of opera’s greatest stars. Every season, over 100 former participants in the National Council Auditions appear on the Met roster.

The district-level and regional auditions, held across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, are sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera National Council and administered by National Council members and hundreds of volunteers from across the country. Currently in its 65th year, the program has launched the careers of such well-known stars as Renée FlemingSusan GrahamFrederica von StadeDeborah VoigtLawrence BrownleeThomas HampsonEric Owens, Angela MeadeNadine SierraJamie Barton and Ryan Speedo Green. The competition garnered international attention with the release of the 2008 feature-length documentary The Audition, directed by award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke, which chronicled the 2007 National Council Auditions season and Grand Finals Concert.

 

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CCM Welcomes Rebecca Bromels to Arts Administration Faculty

A familiar face within Cincinnati’s arts community will be joining the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) highly regarded Department of Arts Administration this fall.

CCM Dean Peter Landgren has announced the appointment of Rebecca Bromels to the position of Assistant Professor of Arts Administration. Her appointment becomes effective in August of 2016.

Rebecca Bromels, incoming Assistant Professor of Arts Administration at CCM.

Rebecca Bromels, incoming Assistant Professor of Arts Administration at CCM.

Bromels currently serves as director of engagement of ArtsWave, the Greater Cincinnati region’s local arts agency and the nation’s largest community campaign for the arts. With the help of tens of thousands of donors, ArtsWave supports more than 100 arts and community organizations. These beneficiaries include CCM, which has been able to enhance its community engagement efforts through ArtsWave’s Community Partnership grants. In her position at ArtsWave, Bromels oversees volunteer programs and signature events including Macy’s Arts Sampler.

Having moved to Cincinnati in 1999 to pursue a directing career, Bromels discovered her love for arts administration during her 12-year tenure at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. As managing director for eight seasons, she worked to broaden the company’s base of support and provide resources for its innovative productions of Shakespeare and the classics.

Bromels joined ArtsWave shortly after its evolutionary change to impact-based funding and was instrumental in developing the organization’s new messaging and brand identity as director of communications.

She has also directed plays for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, the SERIALS project at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, New Edgecliff Theatre and St. Croix Festival Theatre in Wisconsin. In addition, she served as a guest lecturer in arts administration at Miami University and for the United Way BOLD board training program. In 2016, she will co-author a Corporate Arts Challenges Tool-Kit for Americans for the Arts.

Bromels holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Texas Christian University. She was recognized in the “Forty Under 40” class of 2005 by the Cincinnati Business Courier. She lives with her husband and two children in St. Bernard.

In his announcement of the hire, Landgren commented, “In my initial discussions with Rebecca, it became clear that she was committed to partnering with our faculty to advance CCM’s already remarkable Arts Administration program to even greater prestige. I am confident that her extensive theatre background and strong interpersonal skills will be a boon to CCM students and faculty alike.”

Utilizing the combined resources of CCM and UC’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business, the Department of Arts Administration offers one of the few joint MA/MBA arts administration programs in the United States. The highly selective program boasts a 100% job placement rate for its past seven years of graduates.

Learn more about CCM Arts Administration by visiting ccm.uc.edu/artsadmin.

Learn more about CCM’s world-class faculty members by visiting ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/faculty.

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