Donor Spotlight: Dr. Alvin and Jean Crawford

The Crawfords have a deep, lifelong love of music and the arts that led them to connect with CCM

Dr. Alvin Crawford, retired Chief of Orthopedics and founding director of the Spine Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, has had a distinguished, internationally renowned career as an orthopedic surgeon. In his honor, the Spine Center was renamed the Crawford Spine Center.

But his first love was music.

He started playing trumpet in seventh grade, eventually switching to clarinet. He started college as a music major and wanted a career as a studio musician. In his sophomore year of college, he made a decision that changed the lives of thousands of children across the world: he decided to become a physician.

Dr. Alvin and Jean Crawford stand in the corridor of CCM's Mary Emery Hall. Photo/Joseph Rubino

Dr. Alvin and Jean Crawford stand in the corridor of CCM’s Mary Emery Hall. Photo/Joseph Rubino

Dr. Crawford attended Meharry Medical College in 1960, a time when most if not all southern schools were segregated. He applied for admission to the University of Tennessee and became the first African-American to enroll in this southern medical school. He could not transfer because the University of Tennessee did not consider Meharry Medical College an accredited medical school.

“I became an academic orthopedist, but continued to play,” he says. “I was hired by UC to head the Pediatric Orthopaedic service. Once my wife and I found out what CCM was all about, we decided to get involved. After I retired at Cincinnati Children’s, I was able to attend the jazz improvisation course for freshmen and we started coming to performances. Last year I took jazz history.”

Continuing to live out his love of music, Dr. Crawford helped form a group called “The Wannabes,” which plays for nonprofits and has played an opera gala. From there he joined the Queen City Concert band, a community band in Cincinnati.

Jean Crawford’s interest in music stretches back to the piano lessons she took as a child. She was a teacher and high school counselor and sang in choruses through college.

“I always encouraged my students to get involved and take any type of arts as electives,” she says. “When I served on the Cincinnati Opera board, I saw that most of our singers in the chorus were from CCM. When we attended CCM’s Moveable Feast, we realized the caliber of musicianship here and were hooked on CCM.”

Mrs. Crawford talks about the opportunity she did not have, but that she wants all children to have. “I lived in the segregated south and the opportunities to attend and participate in the arts were limited,” she says. “So my goal is to make sure that the performing arts are available to all communities. In this area, school districts have limited support for funding the arts. Through the prep schools, CCM provides arts exposure to them. Also, students from CCM go to public schools to give the children more exposure. I think that’s important. And to do that you need money.“

“I think they’re doing something [at CCM] that’s really important,” Dr. Crawford adds. “I became involved in the CCM Dean’s Advisory Council and I can see that the people here care. They care, and they want to put out a good product. And once I became involved with CCMpower, I was able to meet the kids and see what they’re doing.”


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In order to recruit and retain top talent, CCM must be able to offer competitive scholarship and grant opportunities to our students. CCMpower raises funds through membership and special events in order to provide the resources that attract the best and brightest students. Learn more about how you can empower the next generation of CCM stars.


Story by Joseph Rubino

Featured image at top Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Dena Cranley, Barbara Gould, Jean Crawford and Dr. Alvin Crawford at CCM’s 2020 Moveable Feast. Photo/Andrew Higley

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CCM’s Music for Food Concert Benefits Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank on Dec. 3

Join CCM student musicians in the fight against hunger in this benefit concert for Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank.

CCM’s annual Music For Food benefit concert features an evening of vocal chamber music at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at CCM’s Dieterle Vocal Arts Center. With performances by a variety of student ensembles, the program includes Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock and John Harbison’s Book of Hours and Seasons.

Part of a national musician-led initiative to support local hunger relief, all proceeds from the concert will benefit Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank. In lieu of paid admission, audience members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or a cash donation in exchange for a feast of chamber music.

Now in its fifth year, the concert is coordinated by the Ariel Quartet and CCM faculty member Gwen Coleman Detwiler.

About Music For Food
Music for Food is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on hunger relief. It’s concert series that strives to raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger. The organization is in its seventh season and has local chapters in ten U.S. cities. Over 335,000 meals have been provided as a direct result of Music for Food concerts. Learn more by visiting www.musicforfood.net.

About Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank
Recognized as non-profit of the year at the 2016 Cincinnati USA Business Awards, the Freestore Foodbank serves 23 million meals each year across 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. As one of Ohio’s largest foodbanks, the non-profit organization distributes meals through a network of 350 community partner agencies, which includes food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, community centers, senior centers and daycare facilities. Ninety-four percent of donations to the foodbank go directly to programs and services. The Freestore Foodbank is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity and a member of Feeding America and United Way. Learn more by visiting www.freestorefoodbank.org.

Performance Time
8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3

Location
Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, Room 300
CCM Village, University of Cincinnati

Admission
Non-perishable food items or cash donation. Suggested donation is $20 general, $15 students.

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 Holds Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids (LINKS) Collection Drive This Weekend

Do you have a musical instrument collecting dust? Your gift could provide the missing link for a promising young musician! Through the Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids (LINKS) program at CCM, you can donate your used instrument to a promising young musician who cannot afford to rent or purchase their own.

CCM holds its annual LINKS Collection Days this Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the Joseph-Beth Booksellers in the Rookwood Pavilion. The hours for the collection drive are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

A project of CCMpower in partnership with Buddy Roger’s Music, Joseph-Beth Booksellers and WGUC 90.9 FM, LINKS began in 1993 as the brainchild of CCM alumnus Bill Harvey (BM Music Education, 1971). The Vice President of Buddy Roger’s Music, Harvey wanted to fill the need for students whose parents were unable to buy, rent or borrow an instrument. The solution was somewhat simple: a “recycling program” for musical instruments.

LINKS accepts donations of new and used instruments from the Greater Cincinnati community, then places them with students in local elementary, middle and school bands and orchestras, as well as with students in CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement programs. Students are qualified by the recommendation of their music teacher, and a LINKS scholarship application is submitted in the student’s name.

Since its inception, LINKS has placed over 3,000 instruments into the hands of children. Even if the instrument is not in perfect condition, donations are gladly accepted. Buddy Roger’s Music generously contributes the time to carefully clean, restore and tune each instrument.

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 ccm.weshareonline.org/LINKS.

In addition to the March 10 and 11 collection days, instruments are accepted year-round at Buddy Roger’s Music. Call 513-729-1950 for information on store hours and 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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CCM staff member Dave Colussi with E-Media alumna Melissa Hopkins, professor Kevin Burke and alumnus Tavi Wolf.

E-Media Launches ‘Give One Day’ Campaign for Student Equipment

CCM staff member Dave Colussi with E-Media alumna Melissa Hopkins, professor Kevin Burke and alumnus Tavi Wolf.

CCM staff member Dave Colussi with E-Media alumna Melissa Hopkins, professor Kevin Burke and alumnus Tavi Wolf.

CCM graduate Tavi Wolf (BFA E-Media, 1999) is leading a new alumni giving campaign for the Division of Electronic Media, which encourages graduates to “give one day” to CCM in order to keep current students supplied with industry-level production equipment.

The Give One Day donation campaign launched at the 2017 E-Media Excellence Awards Ceremony in April. The Division hopes it will raise $33,000 by next spring’s Excellence Awards Ceremony.

The campaign challenges CCM alumni and friends to donate, whether it be one day’s wage or $25, so E-Media can keep up-to-date with professional-quality production equipment for students including cameras, lights, lens and tripods.

“As the owner of a small production company, I need to hire crew with the experience needed for time-sensitive productions,” says Wolf. “We don’t have time to train new hires on the job, so I want to help ensure that the current students in E-Media have their hands on the equipment the professionals are using.”

“Lets raise the funds necessary to keep our program competitive, not only with other schools but with the industry work force.”

Wolf says he was motivated to start the Give One Day campaign about a year ago, when E-Media alumni, faculty and community members united to raise $5,000 in one week for an alumnus in need.

Wolf saw how quickly alumni raised money for a fellow E-Media family member and wanted to channel that passion into a campaign that will benefit the entire Division.

One donation helps E-Media students get one step closer to becoming future directors, cinematographers or film-makers.

You can make a donation to the Give One Day: Electronic Media Alumni Campaign online at ccm.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/E-Media

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Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids Program Announces 2017 Collection Dates: March 11 and 12

Do you have a musical instrument collecting dust? Your gift could provide the missing link for a promising young musician! Through the Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids (LINKS) program at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), you can donate your used instrument to a promising young musician who cannot afford to rent or purchase their own.

CCM holds its annual LINKS Collection Days on Saturday, March 11, and Sunday, March 12, at the Joseph-Beth Booksellers in the Rookwood Pavilion. The hours for the collection drive are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

A project of CCMpower in partnership with Buddy Roger’s Music, Joseph-Beth Booksellers and WGUC 90.9 FM, LINKS began in 1993 as the brainchild of CCM alumnus Bill Harvey (BM Music Education, 1971). The Vice President of Buddy Roger’s Music, Harvey wanted to fill the need for students whose parents were unable to buy, rent or borrow an instrument. The solution was somewhat simple: a “recycling program” for musical instruments.

LINKS accepts donations of new and used instruments from the Greater Cincinnati community, then places them with students in local elementary, middle and school bands and orchestras, as well as with students in CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement programs. Students are qualified by the recommendation of their music teacher, and a LINKS scholarship application is submitted in the student’s name.

Since its inception, LINKS has placed over 3,000 instruments into the hands of children. Even if the instrument is not in perfect condition, donations are gladly accepted. Buddy Roger’s Music generously contributes the time to carefully clean, restore and tune each instrument.

All donations are tax deductible. Joseph-Beth Booksellers will donate 20% of book sales and 10% of all cafe sales back to LINKS during the collection days. Use the voucher below to donate 20% of your Joseph-Beth Booksellers purchases to LINKS during the collection days.

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 ccm.weshareonline.org/LINKS.

In addition to the March 11 and 12 collection days, instruments are accepted year-round at Buddy Roger’s Music. Call 513-729-1950 for information on store hours and 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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CCM’s Music for Food Concert Series Continues Sunday, April 3, 2016

CCM’s Music for Food concert series continues at 4 p.m. this Sunday, April 3. Student and faculty performers will use their artistry to fight hunger through this new chamber music series, which benefits Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank.

Organized by CCM’s string quartet-in-residence, the Ariel Quartet, along with faculty artists Lydia Brown and and Gwen Coleman Detwiler, the performance takes place in Room 300 of CCM’s Dieterle Vocal Arts Center. This intimate space provides the perfect setting for an afternoon of chamber music!

In lieu of paid admission, concert attendees are asked to provide non-perishable food items or a cash donation. All proceeds benefit the Freestore Foodbank.

About Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank
The Freestore Foodbank is the largest emergency food and services provider to children and families in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. The organization distributes 20 million meals annually to low-income individuals and families. The Freestore Foodbank supports more than 250 community partners in 20 counties throughout Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, including food kitchens, homeless shelters, emergency food pantries and social service centers.

By providing emergency food distribution, the Freestore Foodbank responds to the issue of poverty and food insecurity in our community and provides an array of services (emergency clothing, housing services, SNAP assistance, Medicaid outreach and others) aimed at creating self-reliance. The Freestore Foodbank is a member of Feeding America and United Way.

The Freestore Foodbank is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more by visiting www.freestorefoodbank.org.

About Music for Food
Music for Food is a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief. The organization’s concerts raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger, empowering all musicians who wish to use their artistry to further social justice.

Now in its sixth season, Music for Food has created over 250,000 meals through donations made at concerts on behalf of more than a dozen hunger-relief organizations. Started in Boston, Music for Food now has chapters in nine US cities. More than 100 artists and ensembles have performed for Music for Food worldwide.

Music for Food is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Learn more by visiting www.musicforfoodboston.org.

Performance Time
4 p.m. Sunday, April 3

Location
Room 300, Dieterle Vocal Arts Center
CCM Village, University of Cincinnati

Admission
Non-perishable food items or a donation to the Freestore Foodbank. Suggested donation: $20 general, $15 students.

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 campus of the University of Cincinnati. 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 Holds Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids (LINKS) Collection Drive on March 12 and 13, 2016

Header image for LINKS program.

Do you have a musical instrument collecting dust? Your gift could provide the missing link for a promising young musician! Through CCM’s Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids (LINKS) program, you can donate your used instrument to a promising young musician in need!

CCM holds its annual LINKS Collection Days on Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13, at the Joseph-Beth Booksellers in the Rookwood Pavilion. The hours for the collection drive are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

A project of CCMpower (formerly known as the Friends of CCM) in partnership with Buddy Roger’s Music, Joseph-Beth Booksellers and WGUC 90.9 FM, LINKS began in 1993 as the brainchild of CCM alumnus Bill Harvey (BM Music Education, 1971).

The Vice President of Buddy Roger’s Music, Harvey wanted to fill the need for students whose parents were unable to buy, rent or borrow an instrument. The solution was somewhat simple: a “recycling program” for musical instruments.

LINKS accepts donations of new and used instruments from the Greater Cincinnati community, then places them with students in local elementary, middle and school bands and orchestras, as well as with students in CCM Preparatory‘s programs. Students are qualified by the recommendation of their music teacher, and a LINKS scholarship application is submitted in the student’s name.

“LINKS has been a life changing program,” Harvey observes. “We see the power of music on display every year as donors struggle to let go of an instrument that has spent decades in a closet. Their wonderful memories of playing the instrument, or watching their child play, are so strong and powerful. Still, their gift will not only let the instrument start making music again, it will also allow a young child to begin that same process of creating their own powerful memories.”

Since its inception, LINKS has placed over 3,000 instruments into the hands of children. Even if the instrument is not in perfect condition, donations are gladly accepted. Buddy Roger’s Music generously contributes the time to carefully clean, restore and tune each instrument.

All donations are tax deductible, and Joseph-Beth Booksellers will donate 20% of book sales and 10% of all cafe sales back to LINKS during the collection days.

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 ccm.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/LINKS.

“LINKS is proof-positive that music is the gift that keeps on giving,” says Harvey. “The donation of a single instrument will benefit both the donor and the recipient.”

In addition to the March 12 and 13 collection days, instruments are accepted year-round at Buddy Roger’s Music. Call 513-729-1950 for information on store hours and 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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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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Old Instruments Help Young Talents

LINKSMany young students in our area have the talent and desire to participate in music. But something is missing – an instrument! Your donation could be the missing link for a needy young student.

Through CCM’s Lonely Instruments for Needy KidS (LINKS) program, you can donate your used instruments to promising young musicians who cannot afford to rent or purchase their own. You can also support the overall program with a gift.

LINKS gathers instruments from the community and places them with needy children in local elementary, middle and high school bands and orchestras, as well as with students in CCM’s Preparatory Department. LINKS also equipped the Cincinnati Public School students who were matched with CCM students in the MelodyMates music mentoring program.

2013 LINKS Collection Days: 

  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9
  • Noon – 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10

Drop off location is Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion.

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CCM Students Present the Second Annual Carol for a Cause Benefit Concert

Students from CCM’s Musical Theatre program present an evening of holiday music and cheer on Friday, Dec. 2 at the second annual Carol for a Cause.

Sponsored by CCM Tribunal, all proceeds from this festive concert will be donated to the Women Helping Women crisis center, an organization in Cincinnati devoted to helping survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. in room 300 of the Dieterle Vocal Arts Center in CCM Village. Tickets are $3 at the door.

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