CCM Student Olivier Ochanine Takes First Prize at Inaugural Antal Doráti International Conducting Competition

We are thrilled to announce that CCM student Olivier Ochanine has returned home from Budapest with first prize in hand from the inaugural Antal Doráti International Conducting Competition. Ochanine is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in orchestral conducting under the tutelage of CCM Professor Mark Gibson.

In addition to a cash prize of €1.500, Ochanine has been offered a career-advancing contract proposal with Contempoars International Artists Agency.

This exciting new competition for conductors is open to all ages and nationalities. Over the course of six days competitors advanced through five rounds in total. While the eliminatory round welcomed an unlimited number of applicants, jurors only advanced 30 people to the first round. By the end of the competition, jurors eliminated all but three outstanding contestants who advanced to the final round.

In the final round, contestants rehearsed for 60 minutes with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV. Each rehearsed two pieces, Béla Bartók’s Hungarian Peasant Songs Sz.100, and either Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 movement I, Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 movement IV or Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune. Directly following the rehearsal each contestant performed a work from their assigned repertoire in concert for a public audience.

The competition was judged by some of Europe’s finest conductors:

  • Tamás Vásáry (Hungary), president of the jury
  • György Lendvai, managing director of Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV
  • Pietro Borgonovo (Italy), artistic director of Giovine Orchestra Genovese and chief conductor of Orchestra Sinfonica di Savona
  • Vittorio Parisi, teacher of orchestra conducting at the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan
  • Márton Rácz (Hungary), conductor, music director, Eszterháza Centre of Culture, Research and Festivals, Esterházy Castle; Szigligeti Theatre, Szolnok
CCM doctoral student Olivier Ochanine.

CCM doctoral student Olivier Ochanine.

About Olivier Ochanine
Regularly praised for his charisma on and off the podium as well as for his breadth of orchestral repertoire, Olivier Ochanine is the youngest music director of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in the orchestra’s history.

A native of Paris, Ochanine began music studies in France. He continued his studies in the US, and expanded his focus to orchestral conducting, taking up graduate studies and attending master classes with some of the best conducting mentors, including Mark Gibson, Gustav Meier, Marin Alsop, Larry Livingston, Robert Baldwin, John Barnett, John Farrer and Achim Holub. He obtained his Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Southern California (USC), where he was given the Conducting Department Award in 2003. In 2009, he began his doctoral studies in orchestral conducting at CCM.

A flutist and bassist, Ochanine earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kentucky. He has also played as bassist for the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ochanine has been invited to the California Conductors Institute several times. In 2009, Ochanine was among a handful of conductors nationally to be invited by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop to conduct in the Cabrillo Music Festival in Santa Cruz, California and to participate in a conducting workshop. He has also been a participant in CCM’s prestigious conducting workshops.

Ochanine’s term with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the nation’s leading orchestra, started with the 2010-11 performance season. Under his leadership, the orchestra has performed numerous Philippine premieres. In the Philippines, Ochanine is an active clinician, leading chamber music master classes at schools; he has also led conducting master classes for the Cultural Center of the Philippines. As part of his outreach mission, Ochanine serves as head visiting conductor for the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth, a program geared toward talented youth that stem from severely unfortunate financial backgrounds. Ochanine is a strong believer in advocacy and heritage, and recently won a campaign he spearheaded to save the best performance hall in Manila – the Philamlife Theater – from demolishment by a large commercial developer.

Olivier is second prizewinner in the 2015 London Classical Soloists International Conducting Competition, where he conducted the orchestra in various Beethoven symphonies. He was also selected as semi-finalist for the American Prize (2015) in the Professional Orchestra Conducting division. Finalists are announced later in the year.

Guest conducting appearances have led him to the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, CCM orchestras and regular engagements with the Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra. Upcoming engagements include a return to the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra and a Russian debut with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.

Learn more about Olivier Ochanine by visiting www.olivierochanine.com.

Learn more about CCM’s Department of Orchestral Studies by visiting ccm.uc.edu/music/orchestra.

 

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CCM Alumnus Brandon Dean Receives Gustavus Adolphus College’s Award for Teaching Excellence

CCM alumnus Brandon Dean (DMA, 2011).

CCM alumnus Brandon Dean (DMA, 2011).

CCM alumnus Brandon Dean (DMA, 2011) has received Gustavus Adolphus College’s 2014 Swenson-Bunn Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. The award is nominated and selected by students and has been presented annually since 1990. Congratulations!

Dean joined the Gustavus faculty in 2011, after completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting at CCM. At CCM, he also served as the conductor of the UC Women’s Chorus from 2008-2011.

An Assistant Professor of Music ad Gustavus, he conducts the Choir of Christ Chapel, Lucia Singers and St. Ansgar’s Chorus, and teaches courses in music theory and music history.

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CCM Student Matthew Phelps Places Third in National Pipe Organ Performance Competition

Choral Conducting DMA Student Matthew Phelps.

Choral Conducting DMA Student Matthew Phelps.

We are happy to report that Choral Conducting DMA candidate Matthew Phelps has placed third in the Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition. Finals were held at the Rodgers Instruments Corporation on Friday, Oct. 4, in front of a live audience.

Phelps was also featured on this week’s episode of NPR’s Pipe Dreams. He and trumpeter Lorraine Cohen performed “Trumpets of Light” by Dan Locklair at the Reformed Church of Bronxville.

At CCM, Phelps studies Choral Conducting with Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies Earl Rivers. He is also director of the Xavier University Concert Choir and is the Minister of Music at Assumption Church in Mount Healthy. In 2012 he was a finalist for the American Prize in Choral Conducting, and his Chancel Choir at the Reformed Church of Bronxville was a finalist for the American Prize in the Ensemble division.

As an organist, Phelps is regularly engaged across the eastern United States. He is the Artist-in-Residence at Saint Frances Xavier Church in New York, NY, and is a regular guest recitalist at Saint Mary the Virgin Times Square, in New York, NY. He is currently studying with CCM Assistant Professor of Organ and Harpsichord Michael Unger.

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CCM Student Thanapol Setabrahmana Achieves Second Place in National ‘American Prize’ Competition

CCM graduate student Thanapol Setabrahmana.

CCM graduate student Thanapol Setabrahmana.

We are delighted to report that DMA candidate Thanapol Setabrahmana has achieved second place nationally in the band/wind ensemble division of The American Prize‘s 2013 Conducting Competition!

Setabrahmana was selected from applications reviewed this summer from all across the United States. One competition judge commented, “this is a first class musician. Good control over his scores and very solid technique.” Setabrahmana can next been seen at CCM conducting Morton Gould’s “West Point Symphony” as part of the CCM Wind Orchestra’s Sept. 27 concert.

The American Prize is a series of new non-profit competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts.

For a list of additional conducting and ensembles winners for 2013, please visit theamericanprize.blogspot.com.

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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 Doctoral Student Named Artistic Director of Dayton’s Musica Chamber Choir

CCM student Michael Fuchs will serve as new artistic director for Dayton, Ohio's Musica.

CCM student Michael Fuchs will serve as new artistic director for Dayton, Ohio’s Musica.

Congratulations to CCM doctoral candidate Michael Fuchs on being named new artistic director of Musica, a Dayton-based professional choral ensemble.

Pam McGinnis recently profiled Fuchs for the Dayton Daily News. You can read her feature online here.

Fuchs is pursuing a doctoral degree in choral conducting at CCM, where he also conducts the UC Women’s Chorus and is co-director of the Collegium Vocale.

The UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses open their season on Tuesday, Nov. 5, with a concert of traditional and contemporary choral works featuring Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Gustav Holst’s Two Psalms.

Learn more about Choral Studies at CCM here.

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CCM Student Marie Bucoy-Calavan Named As Inaugural May Festival Choral Conducting Fellow

Marie Bucoy-Calavan has been named the inaugural recipient of the May Festival Choral Conducting Fellowship. She will enter her third year of studies in CCM's DMA in Choral Conducting program this fall.

Marie Bucoy-Calavan has been named the inaugural recipient of the May Festival Choral Conducting Fellowship. She will enter her third year of studies in CCM’s DMA in Choral Conducting program this fall.

We are delighted to report that DMA candidate Marie Bucoy-Calavan has been named the inaugural recipient of the May Festival Choral Conducting Fellowship. This new position was established thanks to the incredible foresight and generosity of Ginger Warner and was created as part of an ongoing collaboration between the May Festival and CCM’s Department of Choral Studies. Each year, a May Festival Fellow will be selected from CCM’s pool of Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting students and will serve as the Assistant Conductor of the May Festival Chorus.

“The new May Festival Choral Conducting Fellowship provides unique professional training for CCM’s doctoral choral conducting students,” explains Director of Choral Studies Earl Rivers, “providing them opportunities to conduct rehearsals, as well as to attend May Festival Board and Artistic Planning meetings to learn how a world-renowned Choral Festival is successfully produced.”

Bucoy-Calavan will begin her duties with the May Festival Chorus next fall. As Assistant Director she will be responsible for running select rehearsals and smaller sectional rehearsals. In addition Bucoy-Calavan will conduct some concerts within the community. Commenting on her appointment, Bucoy-Calavan says, “I am very excited and honored at the chance to have a mentorship with [May Festival Director of Choruses] Robert Porco. I attended the Conducting Masterclass that the May Festival held a year ago, and was inspired by his musical insights and skill for teaching conducting. I look forward to the fall and to the prospect of working with the May Festival Chorus.”

Learn more about the May Festival Choral Conducting Fellowship.

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Under Direction of CCM Alumnus David Morrow, the Acclaimed Morehouse College Glee Club Performs in Cincinnati Next Month

CCM alumnus David Morrow.

CCM alumnus David Morrow.

The Glee Club and Vocal Quartet from Morehouse College in Atlanta, whose voices have serenaded Olympians and Presidents, will make their biennial appearance in Cincinnati on Saturday, March 9. The Morehouse Glee Club is directed by CCM alumnus David Morrow, who received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from CCM in 1995.

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CCM Alumnus Appointed to Composition Faculty at Capital Normal University in Beijing

CCM alumnus Gao Ping.

CCM alumnus Gao Ping.

Congratulations to CCM alumnus Gao Ping (DMA ’03), who was recently named professor of composition at the Capital Normal University in Beijing! A native of China, Gao also teaches as a guest professor at the China Conservatory of Music.

During his time at CCM, Gao studied piano and composition with James Tocco and Joel Hoffman, respectively.

In addition to his latest academic appointment, Gao also recently toured to Russia and Israel, where his new work “The Four Not-Alike” was premiered with the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra of Beijing. This same program will be taken on tour to Spain next month.

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CCM Student Wins Third Prize in Li Delun National Conducting Competition

Jing Huan was awarded third prize in China's first Li Delun National Conducting Competition (photo: Ren Xihai)

CCM student Jing Huan was awarded third prize in China’s first Li Delun National Conducting Competition (photo: Ren Xihai)

Congratulations to CCM doctoral candidate Jing Huan for winning third prize in China’s first Li Delun National Conducting Competition in Qingdao!

Organized by the Ministry of Culture, China Symphony Development Foundation and Qingdao local government, the competition was held from June 18-23, 2012.

Learn more courtesy of Gramophone Magazine here.

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