Program Spotlight: Organ Studies at CCM

Named one of the nation’s leading conservatories by the New York Times, CCM offers an Organ Studies program that blends past traditions with contemporary training for professional musicians of the 21st century. Undergraduate and graduate curricula includes studies in organ literature, sacred music and choral/instrumental ensembles. Applications are still open to join CCM’s Fall 2018 class!

A photo of the Noack Organ Company’s Opus 144 (2003) at Lakeside Presbyterian Church. Photo by David Ziser.

CCM students have access to organs in the community, including Noack Organ Company’s Opus 144 (2003) at Lakeside Presbyterian Church. Photo by David Ziser.

Incoming graduate-level applicants are eligible to receive financial aid through the Strader Organ Scholarship Competition and Graduate Assistantships. Sacred Music Internships are also available in Cincinnati-area churches.

CCM Organ Studies majors study with acclaimed faculty, including Michael Unger, Stephan Casurella, John Deaver and Roberta Gary. At CCM, students have access to 200 pianos; a fortepiano; a clavichord; eight harpsichords by Dowd, Martin and Wolf; and studio pipe organs by Juget-Sinclair, Wilhelm and C.B. Fisk.

Students can also access diverse pipe organs in the Cincinnati region, including instruments by Noack Organ Company, Taylor and Boody, E.M. Skinner, Karl Wilhelm and C.B. Fisk. New organ installations include C.B. Fisk Opus 148 (2018); Richards, Fowkes and Company Opus 24 (2019); and Paul Fritts and Company Opus 43 (2019).

Beyond the Classroom
Located in the heart of Cincinnati, CCM’s urban campus is perfectly positioned to connect students with professional experiences. Cincinnati’s rich artistic landscape includes the world-class Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet, as well as numerous community music ensembles and cultural museums.

Applications and Additional Information
CCM is now accepting applications for Fall 2018. Learn more at ccm.uc.edu/apply.

For more information, please visit ccm.uc.edu/music/keyboard or contact CCM Admissions at 513-556-9478 or email ccmadmis@uc.edu.

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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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CCM Student Bradley Harris Wins East Central Division in MTNA Composition Competition

Composer and CCM graduate student Bradley Harris.

Composer and CCM graduate student Bradley Harris.

We are delighted to report that Bradley Shane Harris is the East Central Division Winner in the Music Teachers National Association‘s (MTNA) Student Composition Competitions! Harris will now advance to the national level of the competitions, alongside six other young artists. You can view a complete list of national finalists here.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Harris is a second year master’s degree student at CCM, where he studies with Douglas Knehans, Norman Dinerstein Professor of Composition Scholar.

In 2013, Harris’ piece for alto saxophone and piano (Perspectives) garnered a first prize award in the Collegiate Division of the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs’ (OFMC) Composition Competition.

During that same year, Harris received a grant that allowed him to study in Milna, Croatia, with CCM Professor of Composition Joel Hoffman. With his spare time, Harris enjoys racquetball and volunteering at the local soup kitchen.

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CCM Alumna Audrey Luna Wins Grammy for Best Opera Recording

Audrey Luna (center) as Ariel in the Metropolitan Opera's production of 'The Tempest.'

Audrey Luna (center) as Ariel in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of ‘The Tempest.’

Congratulations to CCM alumna Audrey Luna (MM ’03, AD ’05), soprano, on her Grammy win last night! Luna received a Grammy for Best Opera Recording for singing the role of Ariel on the Metropolitan Opera recording of Thomas Adès’ The Tempest.

Born in Salem, Oregon, the soprano studied with Barbara Honn during her time at CCM. You can read more about her Grammy win courtesy of Janelle Gelfand and the Cincinnati Enquirer here.

You can read Luna’s recent Opera News “Sound Bite” spotlight here.

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CCM Lighting Design Student Receives Electronic Theatre Controls’ 2013 Student Sponsorship Award

Lighting Design graduate student Angelina Vyushkova.

Lighting Design graduate student Angelina Vyushkova.

Congratulations to MFA Lighting Design candidate Angelina Vyushkova on receiving Electronic Theatre Controls‘ (ETC) 2013 LDI Student Sponsorship. Now in its 14th year, this program awards exceptional lighting design and stage technology students an all-expense-paid trip to the LDI 2013 trade show, where they will get a behind-the-scenes look at new technology and get to network with industry professionals.

Vyushkova and six other sponsorship recipients are also matched with industry luminaries, who offer individual support, advice and encouragement to the students as they launch their careers. You can learn more about ETC’s 2013 LDI Student Sponsorship recipients here.

Now a CCM graduate student, Vyushkova received a bachelor of fine arts with an emphasis on theatre design and production from Texas Christian University in 2012. Originally from Russia, she earned a diploma from Perm Art College #1 in 2004. Her light designs have been seen on stage at the Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre, the W.E. Scott Theatre, and Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Getting to Know Susan Yang, CCM Graduate Student and Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award Recipient

CCM graduate student and Jack Kent Cooke Scholar Susan Yang.

CCM graduate student and Jack Kent Cooke Scholar Susan Yang.

We are thrilled to report that first-year CCM graduate student Susan Yang has been awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award, based on her outstanding artistic and creative merit in addition to a record of academic achievement!

A Master of Music candidate in Piano at CCM, Yang is one of 20 student recipients of the Foundation’s 2013 Graduate Arts Award. Jack Kent Cooke Scholars receive up to $50,000 per year for up to three years in order to attend accredited graduate institutions like CCM in the United States or abroad.

Now in its third year, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award elicited 449 applications and portfolios from 43 states and the District of Columbia. The 20 winners represent just four percent of the total applicant pool. They were selected by a 38-member panel of experienced artists and arts educators in the fields of music, dance, theatre, creative writing, visual arts and film.

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Congratulations to the University of Cincinnati’s Class of 2013!

Photography by Dottie Stover.

Photography by Dottie Stover.

Congratulations to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Class of 2013! You can view a live video stream of UC’s Commencement Ceremonies here. UC will host ceremonies in the Fifth-Third Arena Shoemaker Center at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

9 a.m. ceremony will include the following colleges:
  • Allied Health Sciences
  • Business
  • College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)
  • Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP)
  • Nursing
  • UC Blue Ash
2 p.m. ceremony will include the following colleges:
  • Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH)
  • Engineering & Applied Science
  • McMicken College of Arts & Sciences (A&S)
  • UC Clermont
Photography by Dottie Stover.

Photography by Dottie Stover.

Following the University’s 9 a.m. commencement ceremony, CCM will host a cookout in room 300 of the Dieterle Vocal Arts Center. The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and graduates, parents and friends are welcome to attend.

CCM will then celebrate the Class of 2013 with a Graduation Convocation Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in Corbett Auditorium. Students receiving baccalaureate, masters, doctoral and artist diploma degrees in April 2013 will be recognized at the Convocation.

The ceremony will be in full academic regalia, and will feature a faculty and student procession. The ceremony will also include recognition of this year’s Distinguished Alumnus Award RecipientDeron Hall (MM, Music Education) and this year’s Distinguished Service Award RecipientDianne M. Rosenberg (BSED, Special Education and MED, Special Education). Tickets are required.

Learn more about CCM’s Graduation Convocation Ceremony here.

Photography by Dottie Stover.

Photography by Dottie Stover.

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CCM MFA Student Alan Hanson Wins iSquint and Stage Directions’ 2013 Lighting Design Competition

"Chess" runs Oct. 25 - 28 in UC's Corbett Auditorium. Photography by Mark Lyons.

“Chess” runs Oct. 25 – 28 in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. Photography by Mark Lyons.
Tickets on sale now! Visit ccm.uc.edu for more information. Photography by Mark Lyons.

We are thrilled to announce that CCM class of 2013 MFA Lighting Design student Alan Hanson has won the 2013 Student Lighting Design Competition organized by online entertainment lighting industry publication iSquint and theatre art and technology journal Stage Directions!

Hanson’s lighting design for CCM’s Fall 2012 Mainstage Series production of Chess took the title in this third annual competition, which offers a valuable prize package of lighting software and literature.

View a slideshow of Hanson’s award winning work on Chess here.

The Student Lighting Design Competition is sponsored by lighting technology companies City Theatrical, Nemetschek Vectorworks and Field Template Soft Symbols, and is judged by leading experts in the lighting design field and developers of the software entrants must use to create their design entries. Visit iSquint.net to learn more about this competition.

Congratulations to Alan on this exciting award!

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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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