CCM faculty member Eva Floyd instructs a class of young music students.

CCM Now Accepting Applications For Three-Summer Master’s In Music Education Program

UC’s nationally ranked and internationally renowned College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is now accepting applications for its new Master of Music in Music Education. The degree program is specifically designed for music teachers who want to remain active in the classroom while continuing their education. The practical degree program can be completed in three summers and provides a high-quality, individualized curriculum for all music teachers.

A teacher instructs young students on stringed instruments.Core music education course work focuses on the development of music mastery and advanced pedagogy. Students have the opportunity to refresh their piano skills, study conducting, or advance their performance techniques through applied study.

The program also features enrichment opportunities unique to the summer curriculum, including Orff-Schulwerk or Kodály certifications for music teachers and study-abroad experiences.

Each summer course load consists of a five-week term with schedules that provide free time in the afternoon to study, practice and maintain personal or professional commitments.

Program Snapshot

  • Core Music Education
    • Curriculum and Assessment
    • Sociology and Psychology
    • History and Philosophy
    • Intro to Scholarship (Research)
  • Core Music Studies
    • Theory Fundamentals (Piano-Based)
    • Graduate Musicianship
    • Intro to Ethnomusicology
    • School Music Literature
    • Ensembles or Applied Lessons
  • Specialized Electives
    • Choral Music
    • Conducting
    • Classroom Music (K-12)
    • Instrumental (Band, Orchestra, Jazz)
    • Musical Theatre
    • Pedagogy
    • Strings
    • Technology for Music Teaching
    • Urban Music Education
  • Capstone Project or Exam
    • Curriculum Design Project
    • Oral and Comprehensive Exam

How To Apply

Apply by May 1 in order to enroll in the Summer 2019 semester of CCM’s new Master’s in Music Education program; courses begin in June.

For application information, please contact CCM Admissions at 513-556- 9478 or email Apply online at

For more information about the new graduate program, contact CCM Music Education Division Head Ann Porter at 513-556-9527 or email

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Piano Alumna Shines as Gulf Coast Music Educator

CCM alumna Judith Jain has become one of the foremost piano pedagogues in Tampa, Florida. Her music school, the New Tampa Piano and Pedagogy Academy, was recently featured by PBS affiliate WEDU.

Judith Jain

Judith Jain founded the New Tampa Piano and Pedagogy Academy in 2014.

Jain received a Master of Music in piano from CCM in 2003 and returned to complete a Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano in 2012. She also has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Indiana University, Bloomington, and she held a post-graduate fellowship at the New School for Music Study in New Jersey.  During her time at CCM, she studied with Frank Weinstock, Michael Chertock and Awadagin Pratt.

Jain also found the instruction she received from Michelle Conda, CCM professor of piano, influential and invaluable to her preparation for her future career.

“Dr. Conda, beyond teaching the practicality of finding the way to communicate our knowledge of music in an effective and meaningful way to our students, also has a vision of the pianist as an entrepreneur, instilling business skills and teaching us how to navigate the work force that came after graduation,” Jain said.

The New Tampa Piano and Pedagogy Academy has grown continuously since its founding in 2014. It currently employs four teachers, in addition to Jain, and has about 200 students.

Last year, 16 students from Jain’s academy took the Royal Conservatory of Music practical piano examinations, and all 16 received an A-plus rating. The students were ages 7 to 13 at the time of the exams. According to statistics from the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, only 6.5 percent of teachers had all of their students achieve over a 90 percent rating on their exams, and most of those teachers only had one student take the exam. Additionally, only about 16 percent of last year’s testers received an A-plus rating.

Jain, like many music teachers, understands that the goals of music education go well beyond teaching a student how to create art.

“When my students become independent and self-motivated learners, I feel proud,” Jain said. “When my students are able to see how the lessons of music equate with the lessons of life, I feel proud. When my student learns a strategy that goes beyond fixing or learning a measure of music, but becomes something that they can apply to their learning of any music, or to life at large, I feel proud.”

She hopes that the next generation of piano pedagogues will be unafraid to explore the possibilities that their careers can hold outside of the concert hall, and that they will be equally unafraid to explore their own personal possibilities.

“I hope, during college years, pianists learn about themselves, how they learn, and are unafraid to explore all kinds of teaching and playing, in addition to other opportunities, such as basic business classes,” Jain said. “The more well-rounded you are, the more chances for success you have. I also hope that as you strive to grow as a professional, you also grow as a human being. We are entering an era in which professional qualifications are not enough.”

Jain and her academy were recently featured in a segment on PBS affiliate WEDU; you can find the video on the WEDU website.


Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM’s Bearcat Piano Festival Presents Guest Artists and Student Showcases March 29 – April 3, 2016

CCM showcases the world of classical piano this spring with the return of the annual Bearcat Piano Festival! The festivities begin on Tuesday, March 29, and conclude on Sunday, April 3 with the Piano-POW-Looza showcase featuring CCM’s own talented student performers. All events will take place in the intimate Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

Launched in 2010 by CCM Professor of Piano and Artist-in-Residence Awadagin Pratt, this year’s festival invites several internationally acclaimed artists to the stage. Concert pianist Caroline Hong, hailed for her “expressive and powerful playing,” “formidable technique” and “keen sense of lyricism and the classical style” opens the series with a recital at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29. Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning composer John Corigliano referred to her as “one of the greatest pianists [he has] ever heard.”

Ann Schein performs a recital at 8 p.m. on April 1, followed by a master class at noon on April 2. “Thank heaven for Ann Schein,” the Washington Post observed of her talents, “what a relief it is to hear a pianist who, with no muss or fuss, simply reaches right into the heart of whatever she is playing—and creates music so powerful you cannot tear yourself away.” Stein served on the piano faculty of Peabody Conservatory from 1980-2001. In addition, she has been an artist-faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 1984, and served as a visiting faculty member at Indiana University from 2008-09.

This year’s Bearcat Piano Festival also sees the continuation of CCM’s collaboration with the University of Michigan’s doctoral piano program. This year, pianist and DMA student Azariah Tan performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. Tan is a highly acclaimed performer who has won top prizes at competitions including the American Prize in 2012, the WPTA International Piano Competition in 2013, the New York International Artists Association Piano Competition in 2014 and numerous others.

Finally, the 2016 Bearcat Piano Festival comes to a close with Piano-POW-looza at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 3. Organized by Piano Department Chair Michael Chertock and curated by Andy Villemez and Sophie Wang the event spotlights the talents of a select few from CCM’s nearly 100 dazzling piano majors; these young artists will provide witty repartee and stunning performances in a triumphant conclusion to the series.

This series only happens once a year, so make sure to not miss out!


8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7 p.m. Wednesday Thursday, March 31
Featuring CCM student pianists Jing’er Xu, Youkyoung Kim, Sanwei Zhang, SanSung Aum, Xuan Guo, Narae Lee, Jaesung Kim, Jordan Neiman, Brendan Jacklin, Dobin Park, Kseniia Polstiankina, Sejeong Jeong, Hanqing Chang, Jeffrey Anderson, Shing-Ming Liao, Julan Wang and Patrick Lechner

Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

8 p.m. Friday, April 1
Beethoven: Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a
Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6
Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


12 p.m. Saturday, April 2
 Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


8 p.m. Saturday, April 2
Featuring Azariah Tan, DMA Candidate
Chopin: Two Nocturnes, Op. 62
Beethoven: Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110
Schubert: Sonata in A Major, D. 959
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE


7 p.m. Sunday, April 3
Andrew Villemez and Sophie Wang, music curators
Celebrate April as CCM’s leading pianists shower the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall with cascades of notes, lightning-fast arpeggios and thunderous octaves. Selected from CCM’s nearly 100 piano majors, these young artists are already carving out their own places in the sun and will triumphantly help us conclude a week of special events in our annual Bearcat Piano Festival!
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.


Event Information
All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. The Piano-POW-looza Student Showcase concert requires paid admission. All other Bearcat Piano Festival events are free and open to the general public.

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 for CCM Box Office hours and location.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

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 for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

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Community Partner: ArtsWave

All-Steinway School Sponsor: The Corbett Endowment at CCM

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Story by CCM graduate student Charlotte Kies and CCM alumnus Kevin Norton (DMA Saxophone, 2015)

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CCM Welcomes Award-Winning Pianists Dror Biran and Ran Dank to Keyboard Studies Faculty

Dean Peter Landgren has announced two new additions to CCM’s already-illustrious roster of piano faculty members. Acclaimed performers and pedagogues Dror Biran and Ran Dank have both been appointed to full-time faculty positions with CCM’s Division of Keyboard Studies.

“Both men have distinguished themselves internationally through numerous competition wins,” Landgren commented. “Their impressive artistry coupled with their vast teaching experience will make them excellent additions to our already exceptional piano faculty.”

Incoming CCM faculty member Dror Biran.

Incoming CCM faculty member Dror Biran.

Dror Biran’s playing has been described as “powerful, but also beautifully sensitive,” by Die Bleed magazine. He is winner of the top prizes at the M.K. Ciurlionis International Piano Competition and the Cleveland International Piano Competition (where he also received a special prize for best performance of works by Chopin), along with other competitions in Spain, Israel and the US.

Biran joins CCM as Associate Professor of Piano in August 2016 after serving as Visiting Adjunct Professor of Piano during the 2015-16 academic year. A graduate of the Givatayim Conservatory and Tel-Aviv University in Israel, Biran holds a Doctoral degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. A native Israeli, he has been the recipient of multiple scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for Distinguished Musicians.

Incoming CCM faculty member Ran Dank.

Incoming CCM faculty member Ran Dank.

Described as, “a strong player with technique and imagination,” by the New York Times, Ran Dank has received numerous awards, including a coveted place on the Young Concert Artists roster in 2009. He is a laureate of the Cleveland International Competition, the Naumburg Piano Competition, the Sydney International Piano Competition and was First Prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

Dank joins CCM as Assistant Professor of Piano in August of 2016 after serving as the Director of Piano Studies at the College of Charleston. He holds degrees from Tel Aviv University in his native Israel, as well as Master’s and Artist Diploma degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City. Dank joins his wife, Soyeon Kate Lee, who became a member of CCM’s faculty in August of 2014.

“In my opinion,” Landgren added, “the hires of Dror Biran and Ran Dank will continue to strengthen CCM’s status as a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts in the US, while also enhancing our global reputation as a leader in arts education.”

Please join us in welcoming Dror Biran and Ran Dank to the CCM family! You can learn more about both pianists below.

About Dror Biran
Dror Biran has been described by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier as “mesmerizing in the intensity and emotionalism of his playing. His fingering in the fast passages was breathtaking, and the loving care he gave to the sweetly lyrical passages was riveting.” The Cleveland Plain Dealer added, “his fortissimos crashed and roared, but next to them came pianissimos that whispered seductively… he has technique to burn and uses it effectively.” Biran’s superb tonal control combined with interesting phrasing and voicing has won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences.

Born in Israel, Biran is a top prizewinner of several national and international piano competitions. He is a graduate of the Givatayim Conservatory where he studied with Mrs. Lily Dorfman, as well as the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University where he studied with Professor Arie Vardi. Biran received his Doctoral degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Mr. Paul Schenly and Dr. Daniel Shapiro.

Biran won top prizes at the M.K Ciurlionis International Piano Competition (1995), and the Cleveland International Piano Competition (1997) where he also received a special prize for the best performance of works by Chopin. His honors include the first prize at the “Pilar Bayona International Piano Competition” in Zaragoza, Spain (1998), first prize at the Israeli Rubin Academy Piano Competition (1998) and the Rafi Goralnik prize for pianists, in the Aviv Competition (2000). Biran has been a recipient of multiple scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for distinguished musicians.

Biran has performed widely as a soloist with major orchestras including the Lithuanian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra of Spain, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He has played under the batons of Etinger, Rodan, Gueller, Gacia Asensio, Mester, Lane and others. His concert tours have taken him to the United States, Israel and South America, along with Eastern and Western Europe.

As a chamber musician Biran has appeared on a regular basis with different music ensembles such as Carmel and Aviv String Quartets. He has also performed with members of the Cleveland Orchestra in different venues. His concerts have been broadcast by WUOL, WCLV, WQXR, The Voice of Music – Israel and Classic FM South Africa, among others. Biran can be heard on the JMC (Jerusalem Music Centre) labels featuring ballades by Brahms and Chopin.

Prior to his CCM appointment, Biran taught at the University of Louisville, Youngstown State University and Case Western Reserve University.

About Ran Dank
Israeli pianist Ran Dank has been hailed as a “superb pianist… absolutely splendid: dashing, impetuous and full of imagination” by the Washington Post.

A favorite of New York audiences, Dank performs in New York City’s most notable venues to frequent critical acclaim by the New York Times. In recent seasons, he has been heard in recitals in Town Hall and Symphony Space. As a soloist, he has performed Prokofiev’s Second Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall and Tobias Picker’s Keys to the City at Columbia University. In September of 2013 he and fellow CCM faculty member Soyeon Kate Lee performed the world premiere of Fredric Rzewski’s Four Hands at (le) Poisson Rouge to a glowing review by the New York Times.

Dank’s other recent performance highlights include recitals at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Washington Performing Arts Society at the Kennedy Center, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Finland’s Mantta Festival and performances of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’ piano concerto with the Mobile Symphony. His recent chamber music performances include appearances at the Santa Fe, Great Lakes, Maverick, Seattle, Montreal, Tokyo Chanel and Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festivals.

Last season, Dank returned to his native Israel for a double-bill concert featuring Liszt’s Concerto No.1 and Totentanz with the Jerusalem Symphony.

His upcoming engagements include a performance at the prestigious Ravinia Festival, recitals in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico and a return engagement with the Kansas City Symphony.

A recipient of numerous honors, Dank won a coveted place on the Young Concert Artists’ roster in 2009 and subsequently made his New York recital debut. He is a laureate of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, where he also won the Bach Prize, the Naumburg and Sydney International Piano Competitions, and was the First Prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

A graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University and the Juilliard School, he has worked extensively with Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Joseph Kalichstein, Ursula Oppens and Robert McDonald.

In 2014 Dank joined the faculty of the College of Charleston as the Director of Piano Studies and Assistant Professor. He also serves as Artistic Director of the College of Charleston International Piano Series.

In addition to concertizing and academic posts, Dank established a series of concerts with his wife, pianist Soyeon Kate Lee. Dubbed “Music by the Glass,” this series is held in a New York So-Ho art gallery, where young professionals mix and mingle with performing artists, who play solo pieces and chamber works. The performances are accompanied by sweet and savory treats paired with wines by the glass. Learn more about these popular events by visiting

Learn more about CCM’s preeminent piano faculty by visiting

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CCM’s 2015-16 Subscription Packages Are On Sale Now. Plan Your Season With Our New Brochure Today!

Established in 1867, the nationally ranked and internationally renowned University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts.

CCM's 2015-16 Season Brochure.

Click here to view CCM’s 2015-16 Season Brochure.

Each year, our talented young artists and world-class faculty and staff members collaborate on an unparalleled series of performing arts events.

This year, we proudly present over 50 major concert and theatre productions, ranging from all-time classics to modern Broadway blockbusters.

Whether you prefer charming operas or thrilling dramas, stunning symphonies or swinging jazz, old favorites or world premieres, there’s something for you at CCM this season.

Join us for a performance and see for yourself why critics and audiences alike can’t stop talking about our resident artists and “stars of tomorrow!”

Plan your season today by downloading a digital copy of CCM’s 2015-16 brochure. Physical copies are available at CCM’s Box Office, as well!

Subscription and flex ticket packages are on sale now. Single Concert Series and Ariel Series tickets go on sale beginning Aug. 24, 2015. Single Mainstage Series tickets go on sale beginning Aug. 31, 2015.

For more details about CCM’s 2015-16 performance schedule, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or visit



CCM recognizes and thanks the following corporations, foundations and individuals for their generous support of $10,000 and above:

Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
CCM/CSO Diversity Fellowship Sponsor

The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Season Presenting Sponsor, Musical Theatre Program Sponsor & Event Sponsor

The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Supporter & All-Steinway School Sponsor

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
H. Wayne Ferguson Family Foundation
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
Frances R. Luther Charitable Trust

Community Partners

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Department Sponsor

The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
Visiting Artists Sponsor

The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman

Ariel Quartet Sponsors

Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation

Choral Studies Sponsors

Ms. Margaret A. Straub & Mr. Neil R. Artman
Studio Drama Series Sponsor


A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, CCM is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at

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CCM Piano Professor Michelle Conda Performs with the Cincinnati Community Orchestra This March

CCM Professor and Coordinator of Secondary Piano and Piano Pedagogy Michelle Conda.

CCM Professor and Coordinator of Secondary Piano and Piano Pedagogy Michelle Conda.

Next month, CCM Professor of Piano Michelle Conda will join the Cincinnati Community Orchestra (CCO) for a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26. The free concert will take place on Saturday, March 7, and is open to the general public.

Of the five piano concertos written by Prokofiev, his third piano concerto has garnered the greatest popularity and critical acclaim. The CCO’s March 7 program will also include Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70, B. 141.

Under the musical direction of Gerald R. Doan, the CCO performs a broad range of works representing composers of all eras in music. The orchestra consists of more than 80 amateur and professional musicians. This upcoming concert marks Conda’s eighth invitation to perform with the CCO.

Conda is an Associate Editor for Clavier Companion magazine with her specialty in the field of andragogy (adult learning). She is a founding member and on the Steering Committee of the National Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Forum (GP3). Last August, Conda coordinated and hosted the GP3’s forum at CCM.

Her national conference participations include the Steering Committee of the Adult Learning session of Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA), Steering Committee of the Carnegie Hall Achievement Program and Steering Committee member of The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NMCP). She lectures locally and nationally, including MTNA National Conference, GP3 and NMCP.

In addition to her editorship, Conda’s articles have appeared in Keyboard Companion, Clavier Companion, Yamaha Key Action, American Music Teacher and Piano Pedagogy Forum. Her pedagogy studies were with Jane Magrath and E.L. Lancaster.

At UC, as well as heading the Secondary Piano and Piano Pedagogy programs, she heads the Communiversity piano program.

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CCM Drama, Dance, Choral, Piano, Musical Theatre And More On Display This Weekend!

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CCM’s stars of tomorrow will be shining bright in a wide variety of concerts and productions running this weekend!

CCM’s 2012-13 Studio Series concludes with a production of Emily Mann’s powerful docu-drama Execution of Justice, running through April 20 in UC’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free, but reservations are required. This production contains mature subject matter. Learn more about this production here.

CCM’s Ballet Ensemble also presents its annual Spring Dance Concert this weekend, with performances running through April 20 in Patricia Corbett Theater. This year’s program features unique collaborations with CCM’s Chamber Choir and Chamber Players. Learn more about this production here.

At 8 p.m. this Saturday, April 20, the CCM’s Chorale and Concert Orchestra join forces with a variety of special guests to present Benjamin Britten’s Spring Symphony and other works in Corbett Auditorium! Learn more about this performance here.

CCM’s annual celebration of the art of the piano returns at 7 p.m. this Sunday, April 21, as Pianopalooza VIII showcases our most spectacular student pianists! Learn more about this performance here.

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CCM Presents ‘Pianopalooza VIII: A New Perspective’ on Sunday, April 21

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CCM will present its annual celebration of the art of the piano with “Pianopalooza VIII: A New Perspective” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, in UC’s Corbett Auditorium.

Tickets are on sale now.

In a format different from previous years, which focused on CCM’s distinguished piano faculty, “Pianopalooza VIII” is student driven, both in performance and planning. The concert will feature outstanding student performers in a stunning variety of repertoire – every style from Beethoven to Earl Wild and Astor Piazzolla. The performance will feature student artists from each of CCM piano studios.

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