CCM Commemorates 50th Anniversary Year of Stonewall Uprising in Nov. 26 concert

The CCM Wind Symphony performs powerful works by LGBTQ+ composers to commemorate the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Uprising on Nov. 26, 2019. Tickets are on sale now.

The CCM Wind Symphony marks the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Uprising with a special performance at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 in Corbett Auditorium. Exclusively featuring works by LGBTQ+ composers, the concert includes John Corigliano’s Grammy Award-winning song cycle Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan.

The Mr. Tambourine Man concert also features the world premiere of Un-Masqued by featured guest composer David Clay Mettens, Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Jennifer Higdon’s Mysterium and Omar Thomas’ A Mother of a Revolution!. Thomas’ piece is dedicated to Martha P. Johnson, a pioneering leader of the LGBTQ+ rights movement and Stonewall Uprising.

“I strongly believe in the power of music to challenge prejudice and hate,” says CCM Interim Division Head of Ensembles and Conducting Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor of the concert. “The inspiration for this concert is to both recognize the importance of the LGBTQ+ rights movement (especially to the arts) and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most pivotal moments in this movement’s history.”

The Stonewall Uprising began in the early hours of June 28, 1969, when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, an LGBTQ+ bar and, today, a National Historic Landmark. This raid sparked a series of riots and protests that served as a significant catalyst for the modern gay rights movement in the U.S.

Tickets to the CCM Wind Symphony’s Mr. Tambourine Man concert can be purchased online through CCM’s e-box office, over the phone at 513-556-4183 or in person at the CCM Box Office in the atrium of UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.

The performance is sponsored by the CCM Harmony Fund: Challenging Hate and Prejudice through Performing Arts.

About the CCM Harmony Fund
CCM’s Harmony Fund supports artistic works that fight hate and prejudice through the performing arts. John Harrison and Ginger Warner were two of the visionary founders and inspiring leaders of the CCM Harmony Fund based on the belief that the arts inspire imaginative thinking, encourage conversations, present contrasting attitudes and help us examine our own viewpoints. The Harmony Fund supports the students and faculty at CCM to explore issues and encourage them to find a voice that often would not be able to happen without The Harmony Fund.

Repertoire

MR. TAMBOURINE MAN
CCM Wind Symphony
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Featuring student artist Shannon Cochran, soprano
Featuring guest composer David Clay Mettens

COPLAND: Fanfare for the Common Man
HIGDON: Mysterium
CLAY METTENS: Un-Masqued
THOMAS: A Mother of a Revolution!
CORIGLIANO: Mr. Tambourine Man

Performance Time

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26

Location

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Ticket prices start at $19.50; student and group discounts available. Pricing is inclusive of all fees. All performances are reserved seating.

Tickets can be purchased online though our e-box office, over the phone at 513-556-4183 or in person at the CCM Box Office in the Atrium of UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s CCM Garage (located at the end of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit the UC Parking Services website for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.


Performance Sponsor: The CCM Harmony Fund: Challenging Hate and Prejudice through Performing Arts

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CCMONSTAGE Musical Series presents "The Rocky Horror Show." Photos by Mark Lyons.

First Look: CCMONSTAGE ‘The Rocky Horror Show’

CCMONSTAGE Musical Series presents "The Rocky Horror Show." Photos by Mark Lyons.

CCMONSTAGE Musical Series presents “The Rocky Horror Show.” Photos by Mark Lyons.

Tickets are going fast for CCM’s performances of The Rocky Horror ShowThe CCMONSTAGE musical only has limited tickets left for the performances on Oct. 31, Nov. 1-3, 9 and 10, 2019. Tickets can be purchased through the CCM Box Office. For mature audiences.

Take a first look at the cult musical in the gallery below. Photos by Mark Lyons.

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The demand is high for CCMONSTAGE‘s 2019-20 musical theatre productions. After experiencing the college’s production of 42nd Street last week, ArtsWave dubbed CCM as “the jewel in the Queen City’s crown.” The League of Cincinnati Theatres beckoned audiences to “come see the future of Broadway at CCM and get a first look at the next generation headed to the Great White Way.”

After The Rocky Horror Show closes, you only have one more chance to see CCM’s musical theatre stars in action during the 2019-20 performance season. The next big musical presented by CCM is The Secret Garden, which runs March 5-8, 2020 in Corbett Auditorium. Tickets for CCM’s spring production of Bright Star (April 2-5, 2020) are currently booked up!

A female explorer emerging from foliage in a promotional image for the musical 'The Secret Garden.' Photo by Mark Lyons.Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden is directed and choreographed by CCM alumnus Connor Gallagher (BFA, ’06) who is currently the choreographer for Broadway’s Beetlejuice. The Secret Garden is a “turn-of-the-century fairy tale” (Los Angeles Times) that won three Tony Awards and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical. Centered on an orphaned girl and her ailing cousin, the musical offers a magical tale of forgiveness and renewal. Learn more about the musical and purchase tickets while you still can!


Richard O’Brien’s
The Rocky Horror Show

Creative Team

  • Vincent DeGeorge, Director/Choreographer
  • Stephen Goers, Musical Director
  • Joshua E. Gallagher*, scenic designer
  • Maddie Kevelson*, costume designer
  • Michael E. Nardella*, lighting designer
  • Hannah Werle*, sound designer
  • Kelly Yurko, wig & make-up designer
  • Abby Sauer*, production stage manager
  • Chris Jacobs*, associate sound designer
  • Payton Epperson*, prop master
  • K. Jenny Jones, fight/intimacy director
  • Sammi Grant*, dialect coach
  • Elle Zambarano*, assistant director
  • Em Joy, community educator

* CCM Student

Cast

  • Jake Waford as Brad
  • Mikayla Renfrow as Janet
  • John Harrison as Narrator
  • Erich Schleck as Riff-Raff
  • Sofie Flores as Magenta
  • Delaney Guyer as Columbia
  • Ethan Zeph as Frank ‘N’ Furter
  • Andrew Alstat as Rocky
  • Joseph (Hank) Von Kolnitz as Eddie/ Dr. Scott
  • Britta Cowan, Jack Johnson, Christian Kidd, Tyler Martin, Sasha Spitz, Brandon Schumacker, Veronica Stern, Jordyn Walker as Phantoms

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31* 
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1
  • 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3
  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8*
  • 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9*
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 

*Please note that parking and traffic on and around campus will be heavier than normal due to a UC Basketball game on Thursday, Oct. 31 and due to UC Homecoming activities on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9.

CCM strongly encourages patrons to purchase pre-paid parking passes to UC’s CCM Garage through the Box Office for just $8. UC Parking Services will be charging “Special Event” rates.

Location

Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single tickets prices start at $29; student discounts and group rates are also available. Ticketing is limited.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

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.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Patrons can purchase pre-paid parking for UC’s CCM Garage through the CCM Box Office. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.

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Musical Theatre Production Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. James L. Miller

The Rocky Horror Show is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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Guest Conductor and Alum Leslie B. Dunner Joins CCM Orchestras in Halloween Concert

The CCM Philharmonia and Chamber Orchestra present “CSI Halloween: Post Mortem” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1. Tickets available through the CCM Box Office.

The CCM Philharmonia and Chamber Orchestra continue the CCMONSTAGE Orchestra Series with a Halloween-inspired performance at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1 in Corbett Auditorium. Featuring guest conductor and distinguished alumnus Leslie B. Dunner as the “chief medical examiner,” CSI Halloween Post-Mortem resurrects well-known works by Franz Liszt, Benjamin Britten and Camille Saint-Saëns.

The ghostly performance features Liszt’s Totentanz (Dance of Death), which was inspired by the composer’s fascination with death and by his visits to the Paris gallows. The concert also includes Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the “Dead” Animals, featuring 14 ravenous movements such as “Death March of the Lion” and “Torture-oises.” For the grand finale, Britten’s “Dead” Person’s Guide to the Orchestra “dissects” the different sections of the orchestra.

CCM welcomes back alumnus Leslie B. Dunner (DMA, ’82) for the November 1 concert. An award-winning conductor with a glowing international reputation, Dunner is the Music Director of the South Shore Opera Company in Chicago and serves as the conductor of the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Interlochen Arts Camp. Read more about Dunner’s accomplishments below.

View all upcoming CCMONSTAGE Orchestra Series performances at ccmonstage.universitytickets.com.

About Leslie B. Dunner
Leslie B. Dunner serves as the conductor of the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Interlochen Arts Camp. He has been Music Director of the South Shore Opera Company in Chicago since 2014. He has also served as Music Director of the Joffrey Ballet and the symphony orchestras of Annapolis, Dearborn and Nova Scotia. He spent 11 seasons at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), first as Resident, then Associate and finally as Assistant Conductor, while serving concurrently as Music Director of the DSO’s youth orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra. Besides holding principal conducting positions at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Harlem Festival Orchestra and Louisville Ballet, he undertook a season as Interim Music Director of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Dunner’s guest engagements with major orchestras throughout the world include two years with the Chicago Symphony and five as Cover Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, where he assisted during a four-week European tour. He has appeared with such distinguished ensembles as the Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Seattle Symphony, as well as orchestras in Canada, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ukraine, Russia and South Africa. An avid ballet conductor, Dunner has taken the podiums of the American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Michigan Opera Theatre, Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, Birmingham Royal Ballet and South African Ballet Theatre, among others.

In addition to his professional conducting work, Dunner is a dedicated music educator. He began his career in music education as Assistant Professor at Minnesota’s Carleton College and has continued to lead youth orchestras throughout his career. The first American prize-winner in the Arturo Toscanini International Conducting Competition, he is also a recipient of the Leonard Bernstein American Conductors Award and the NAACP’s James Weldon Johnson and Distinguished Achievement Awards.

Dunner holds a Bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, a Master’s in music theory and musicology from Queens College at the City University of New York, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting from CCM.

CSI Halloween: Post-Mortem

CCM Philharmonia and Chamber Orchestra
Mark Gibson, music director
Featuring guest artist Leslie B. Dunner, guest conductor and chief medical examiner

LISZT: Totentanz
SAINT-SAËNS: Carnival of the “Dead” Animals
BRITTEN: “Dead” Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1
Corbett Auditorium

Purchasing Tickets

Single ticket prices start at $20 each; student and group discounts available. Pricing is inclusive of all fees. All performances are reserved seating.

Tickets can be purchased online though our e-box office, over the phone at 513-556-4183 or in person at the CCM Box Office in the Atrium of UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the end of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit the UC Parking Services website for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.


Story by CCM Graduate Student Kelly Barefield

Featured image: The Dance of Death (Totentanz) from Liber Chronicarum [Nuremberg Chronicle], 1493, attr. to Michael Wolgemut

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Classic Broadway Hit ’42nd Street’ Opens CCM’s 2019-20 Musical Series This Thursday

The CCMONSTAGE Musical Series presents the ultimate show-biz musical “42nd Street” on Oct. 24-27, 2019. Tickets available online.

Declared by Playbill Magazine as one of the most represented schools on Broadway, CCM presents 42nd Street on Oct. 24-27, 2019 at Corbett Auditorium. Featuring tap dancing and classic show tunes, CCM’s musical theatre student stars of tomorrow bring this beloved story to life on stage with all of the glitz and glamour of the Great White Way.

The ultimate show-biz musical, 42nd Street celebrates Broadway, Times Square and the people who make the magic of musical theatre. Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer comes to the big city from Allentown, Pennsylvania, and soon lands her first big job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. But just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star?

Lee Roy Reams in Broadway's "42nd Street."

Lee Roy Reams in Broadway’s “42nd Street.”

Featuring music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin and a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, the score is chock-full of Broadway standards, including “You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me,” “Dames,” “We’re In the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and “Forty-Second Street.”

A special guest and distinguished alumnus returns to CCM during the run of 42nd Street to work with musical theatre students. Lee Roy Reams (’64, ‘82; HonDoc ’98) originated the role of Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street when it opened on Broadway in 1980. He was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk awards for his performance. Reams’ master class at CCM will focus on auditioning, the importance and impact on 42nd Street in the realm of American musical theatre, tap dancing and the “business of the business.”

The 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Musical Series presents 42nd Street on Oct. 24-27, 2019, at Corbett Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

42nd Street Billing Credits

  • Music by Harry Warren
  • Lyrics by Al Dubin
  • Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble
  • Based on the Novel by Bradford Ropes
  • Original Direction and Dances by Gower Champion
  • Originally Produced on Broadway by David Merrick

The use of all songs is by arrangement with Warner Bros., the owner of music publishers’ rights.

42nd Street is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK, www.tamswitmark.com

Creative Team

  • Diana Lala, director
  • Roger Grodsky, musical director
  • Diana Lala and Katie Johannigman, co-choreographers
  • Mark Halpin, scenic designer
  • Reba Senske, costume designer
  • Jeremy Mayo*, lighting designer
  • Hankyu Lee*, sound designer
  • Samantha Kittle*, wig and make-up designer
  • Jennelle John-Lewis*, production stage manager
  • Eddy Mineishi*, associate sound designer
  • Ashley Crockett*, prop master
  • k. Jenny Jones, fight director
  • Sammi Grant, dialect coach

Cast List

  • Michael Canu as Andy Lee
  • Joey Vaz as Oscar
  • Matthew Skrovan as Mac
  • Zoë Grolnick as Annie
  • Camila Paquet as Maggie Jones
  • John Collins as Bert Barry
  • Anna Chase Lanier as Ethel
  • Kylie Liya Page as Diane
  • Tori Heinlein as Gladys
  • Jack Brewer as Billy Lawlor
  • Bailee Endebrock as Peggy Sawyer
  • Allison Bossart as Lorraine
  • Haley Holcomb as Phyllis
  • Nick Berninger as Julian Marsh
  • Jamie Goodson as Dorothy Brock
  • Sam Cohen as Abner Dillon
  • Sam Pickart as Pat Denning
  • Madison Hagler, Stone Mountain as Thugs
  • Kurtis Brown as Doctor
  • Ensemble: Jenna Bienvenue, Kurtis Brown, Carina Florio, Ashton Francis, Alloria Frayser, Madison Hagler, Cole Harksen, Chip Hawver, Tori Heinlein, Kai Horvit, Joshua Kenneth Allen Johnson, Anna Chase Lanier, David Littlefield, Kylie Liya Page, Cassie Maurer, Eli Mayer, Kassi McMillan, Chesney Mitchell, Stone Mountain, Eli Owens, Ben Pimental, Aaron Richert, Sammy Schechter, Quinn Surdez, Abby Tucker, Julia Yameen, Jess Zylstra
  • Swings: Christian Feliciano and Delaney Benson
  • Dance Captain: Joshua Kenneth Allen Johnson
  • Tap Captain: Zoë Grolnick
  • Assistant Director: Elijah King

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25
  • 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27

Location

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single tickets prices start at $35.50. Student discounts and group rates are also available.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

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.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s 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 more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.


CCMONSTAGE Production Sponsors: Macy’s and Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer

A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (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 ccm.uc.edu.

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The four members of the Ariel Quartet, string quartet-in-residence at CCM, pose on a couch with their musical instruments. Photo by Marco Borggreve.

The Ariel Quartet Continues CCM Concert Series on Oct. 22

CCM’s String Quartet-in-Residence presents a concert of fugues on Tuesday, Oct. 22, featuring works by W.A. Mozart, Bartók and Beethoven.

The Ariel Quartet continues its CCMONSTAGE concert series at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, at CCM’s intimate Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. The concert, titled “The Fugue” displays the artistry of the internationally renowned ensemble through three dynamic pieces for string quartet.

Featuring W.A. Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546; Bartok’s String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7; and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 and 133 — this performance concludes the first half of the Ariel Quartet’s four-part concert series at CCM. The talented string musicians will present two more concerts at CCM on January 21 and March 10, 2020.

The concert on October 22 features Beethoven’s Große Fuge (or “Great Fugue”), which the Ariel Quartet performed in its debut Beethoven cycle at CCM in the 2013-14 performance season. Arts reporter Janelle Gelfand praised the ensemble’s performance: “From start to finish, the musicians wonderfully captured Beethoven’s emotional grit and fire, coupled with some of the most sublime music ever written.”

Described by the American Record Guide as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power,” the Ariel Quartet has earned a glowing international reputation. The ensemble is comprised of Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky, violin; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; and Jan Grüning, viola. The group was formed in Israel in 1998 and has served as CCM’s string quartet-in-residence since 2012.

Repertoire

  • W.A. MOZART: Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 546
  • BARTÓK: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7
  • BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 and 133

Performance Time

  • 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22

Location

Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Ticket prices start at $29.50; student and group discounts available. Pricing is inclusive of all fees. All performances are reserved seating.

Tickets can be purchased online though our e-box office, over the phone at 513-556-4183 or in person at the CCM Box Office in the Atrium of UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the end of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit the UC Parking Services website for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.


The Ariel Quartet’s 2019-20 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of an anonymous donor, The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Elizabeth C. B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman, Dr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker and Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer.

Story by CCM Graduate Student Kelly Barefield

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CCM Offers Arts Classes to All UC Students in Spring 2020

CCM offers dozens of different general studies and fine arts elective courses in spring 2020. These credit-granting courses are open to all UC students and cover a wide range of topics including dance, movies and media, music and theatre arts!

Master the hip-hop dance moves seen in current music videos or learn the basics of modern dance and ballet in CCM’s dance classes. Film a digital video or binge-watch classic movies, Disney animated musicals and TV sitcoms in movie and media appreciation classes.

CCM’s music appreciation classes cover the music of Woodstock, The Beatles, Japanese Pop and more, or students can study women’s impact on music and the impact of music on politics. Students can also turn their laptops into musical instruments and jam with a virtual band, or learn how to play the piano and guitar in hands-on music performance classes.

In theatre appreciation classes students can study the history of theatre, explore how Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton revolutionized musical theatre, learn the craft of acting or stage design and more!

CCM’s spring 2020 arts elective classes are offered online or in person; view a complete list of class offerings below. Find the most up-to-date information and register at catalyst.uc.edu.

Dance Classes

Advanced Intermediate Ballet II (3 credits)
FAM 1021-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 2-3:20 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This course is intended for non-Dance majors with prior training in classical ballet at the advanced/intermediate level. It is repeatable and is offered each semester. The ballet class will consist of a traditional ballet barre followed by center practice and enchantment following the usual progression. A preexisting knowledge of the ballet French terminology is required in addition to the physical mastery and overall knowledge of classical ballet expected at the advanced/intermediate level.


Ballet Basics (3 credits)
FAM 1011-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30-10:50 a.m.)
FAM 1011-002 (Tuesday/Thursday, 7:30-8:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This is an introductory course for any non-major wishing to learn the fundamentals of classical ballet technique. It is a studio course, meaning students will be in the dance studio, in full attire (leotard, tights, ballet slippers for women; white T-shirt, tights and ballet shoes for men), learning the essentials of traditional classical ballet. We will study the French terminology associated with the movement and poses we dance in order to better facilitate learning and comprehension of the movement. Mind/body awareness will be facilitated while a more thorough knowledge of the art form, including historical perspective, origin, and philosophical issues as to its importance in today’s cultural world will also be discussed.


Ballet Conditioning for Athletes (3 credits)
FAM 1019-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30-10:50 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This is a beginning level of ballet designed especially for athletes and dance team members. As well as focusing on increasing the skill and artistry level within the parameters of classical ballet, the student will also learn to understand the historical perspectives of the art form and the value it has to the culture of society. Within the framework of the traditional ballet class, students will focus on developing strong core muscles, as well as lengthening and toning of the body with additional mat work and conditioning exercises, as part of the conditioning program. Daily proper attire is expected for this class. Exercise bands and mat or towel are also required.


Beginning Ballet II (3 credits)
FAM 1016-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 2-3:20 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This is a continuation of FAM 1015 Beginning Ballet I for any non-major wishing to learn the fundamentals of classical ballet technique or student who has had an introductory ballet course in the past. It is a studio course, meaning students will be in the dance studio, in full attire (leotard, tights, ballet slippers for women/ white t-shirt, tights and ballet shoes for men) learning the essentials of a traditional classical ballet class. We will study the French terminology associated with the movement and poses we dance in order to better facilitate learning and comprehension of the movement. Mind/body awareness will be facilitated while a more thorough knowledge of the art form including historical perspective, origin, and philosophical issues as to its importance in today’s cultural world will also be discussed.


Beginning Modern Dance I (3 credits)
FAM 1025-001 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 10:10-11:05 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

In this course for non-dance majors, students are introduced to the techniques and movement vocabulary of contemporary and modern dance. Students will explore fundamental movement principles while emphasizing the development of improvisational and performance skills. The student will also develop the critical perspectives necessary to analyze and further appreciate dance as an art form and educational tool with cultural values.


Beginning Modern Dance II (3 credits)
FAM 1026-001 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 10:10-11:05 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

In this course for non-dance majors, students continue to develop the techniques and movement vocabulary of contemporary and modern dance. Students will continue to explore fundamental movement principles while emphasizing the development of improvisational and performance skills. The student will also continue to develop the critical perspectives necessary to analyze and further appreciate dance as an art form and educational tool with cultural values.


Dance Appreciation – Online (3 credits)
FAM 1095-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This ONLINE course introduces dance as a performing art, focusing on the Western European and American dance forms of Ballet, Modern and Contemporary. The course will trace their development, historical development and cultural characteristics. Additional course topics will include viewing live dance performances.


Hip-Hop Dance (1 Credit)
FAM 1030-001 (Monday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

A beginning/intermediate level dance course with no experience required. This class is designed to teach the fundamentals of Hip-Hop through choreographed dances. Hip-Hop style similar to that seen on current music videos will be the style taught in class. Individual work, floor work, and partner work will be emphasized. Combinations will be performed to Rap and R & B music.


Intermediate Modern Dance II (3 credits)
FAM 1028-001 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9:05-10 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

A one semester, repeatable (by audition or permission of instructor) course for non-dance majors, providing a more sophisticated approach to the techniques and movement vocabulary of contemporary and modern dance. Students will also continue to explore and further develop fundamental movement principles while emphasizing the cultivation of improvisational and performance skills. The student will also develop the critical perspectives necessary to analyze and further appreciate dance as an art form and educational tool within our society.


Intermediate Ballet II (3 credits)
FAM 1018-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 3:30-4:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This is a ballet course designed for dancers with previous ballet training. It is a repeatable course for the non-major wishing to further pursue the complexities and artistic nuances of classical ballet technique. It is a studio course, meaning students will be in the dance studio, in full attire (leotard, tights, ballet slippers for women/ white t-shirt, tights and ballet shoes for men) learning the essentials of a traditional classical ballet class. We will study the French terminology associated with more complex movement and positions we dance in order to better facilitate learning and comprehension of the movement. Mind/body awareness will be facilitated while a more thorough knowledge of the art form including historical perspective, origin and philosophical issues as to its importance in today’s cultural world will also be discussed.


Legends of Dance in America – Online (3 credits)
FAM 1094-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This course introduces dance legends of Ballet, Modern and Contemporary Dance, their significant contribution to the world of dance in America, as well as the passion and insight that brought the legends to their height of success. Additional course topics include viewing live dance performances.


Modern Dance Basics – Online (3 credits)
FAM 1022-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

In this course for non-dance majors, students are introduced to the techniques and movement vocabulary of contemporary and modern dance. Students will explore fundamental movement principles while emphasizing the development of improvisational and performance skills. The student will also develop critical perspectives necessary to analyze and further appreciate dance as an art form and educational tool with cultural values. Through interactive online instruction students use recording devices (e.g., smartphones, laptops, and camcorders) to develop their dance technique while building a dance community. To complete assignments students may film the dances with friends and/or family in locations of their choosing (e.g., dorm room, apartment, basement, backyard, park, and riverside). Students may also utilize the 414 Video Production Room in Langsam Library.


Movie and Media Appreciation Classes

Electronic Music Production with Ableton Live and Push (3 credits)
FAM 2045-001 (Wednesday, 6-8:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, TI Technology & Innovation

This is a course designed around contemporary electronic and pop music production techniques using Ableton Live Software and Ableton Push MIDI controllers.  We will be using existing genres and associated production strategies as a vehicle for learning music production. This is also an exploration of your own creativity and unlocking individual expression through electronic music production. This class is appropriate for musicians of all ability levels and backgrounds and has applications in music education, production, music therapy, and preparatory education. By the end of this course, students will have made a small portfolio of music and will gain familiarity to a wide variety of modern electronic pop music production techniques.


Art of Recording (3 credits)
FAM 1050-001 (Thursday, 4:30-7:20 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Art of Recording focuses on the basic technical musical understanding needed to engage music at progressively deeper levels of understanding. Starting from simple listening experiences you will soon be able to appreciate what it means to be an “expert listener.” A musician learns the function musical scales; a painter, the knowledge paint and brushes; a writer, the craft of words and sentences. The expert listener integrates specific gateways that can reveal the depths of sound possibilities. This course expresses the Art of Recording from basic sound physics, music and brain functions as they pertain to the technology used in producing the popular music we love over the last five decades.


Digital Audio for Non-Majors (3 credits)
EMED 2007-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 3:30-4:50 p.m.)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of digital audio theory and practices through the development of basic digital audio production projects. Course topics include general production principles and theory of operation of digital audio workstations with an emphasis placed on internet radio, podcast, and commercial production processes. The student will be introduced to basic audio production techniques through the corresponding laboratory phase of this course. The student will be required to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of audio production and apply those principles in laboratory exercises.
Prerequisite: To take this course you must: Have taken the following Courses EMDT 1011C min grade D-, or EMED 1005 min grade D- or EMED 1015 min grade D-.


Film and Television Production for Non-Majors (3 credits)
EMED 2002-001 (Monday/Wednesday, 10:10-11:30 a.m.)

The medium of digital video has become an increasingly pervasive means of communication in contemporary culture. Digital Video allows students to apply media aesthetic theory, processes and techniques in communicating their ideas to a specified audience via the digital video production process. While taking this course, each student is required to write, produce, shoot and edit several projects using digital video cameras, working in a digital nonlinear editing environment, and delivering their content through a variety of digital distribution channels to a specified audience.


Going to the Movies: 20th Century Classics (3 Credits)
EMED 1075-001 (Tuesday, 6-8:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Through lectures and screenings of classic films students will explore the evolution of the motion picture as a unique and significant form of expression. The course includes investigation into film style and structure, distribution and consumption. Students will be guided in the development of aesthetic criteria for critical examination.


Integrated Media Production 1 for Non-Majors (3 credits)
EMED 1015-001 (Online)
EMED 1015-002 (Wednesday, 6-8:50 p.m.)
EMED 1015-003 (Monday/Wednesday, 3:30-4:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: TI Technology and Innovation

Media convergence is a vital component of our new media culture. In new media there is a melding of production, design and message with user-experience. Integrated Media Production I is an introductory course — the first of a two-course sequence within the E-Media major at CCM — that provides students with a theoretical and practical foundation in the intersecting worlds of digital media production, content development and new media design. This course is an overview of concepts and processes in convergent media production.


Japanese Pop, Anime & Video Game Music – Online (3 credits)
FAM 2050-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

You will learn the evolution of Japanese Pop, Anime, and Video Game Music (post 1980) including anime theme songs, video game music, and popular songs. Each topic will provide the composer’s biography, historical background, and word-by-word translation of lyrics, and will investigate the cultural differences between Japan and America.


Media in your Life Non-Majors – Online (3 credits)
EMED 1011-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: TI Technology & Innovation

Did you know that the typical American spends about 11 hours a day consuming media? Think about that for a moment. How long is a typical workday? How many hours a night do you sleep? Could it be, based upon time usage alone, that media consumption is the most important activity in our lives? Whether those comments frighten you or inspire you, the fact remains that the media industry plays an enormously important role in our individual lives, is vital to the success of every major industry, and is foundational to the effective functioning of our representative democracy. Would you like to possess a more sophisticated understanding of the media production process and its artistic and theoretical underpinnings? Wouldn’t you like to know more about the latest digital production tools? Do you think you might want to pursue a media career? If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, then “The Media in Your Life” is exactly the right course for you.


The Evolution of the Television Comedy (3 credits)
EMED 1050-001 (Wednesday, 6-8:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, HU Humanities and Literature

Through lectures and screenings of classic scenes and episodes, students will explore the American television comedy as a significant form of storytelling; as a uniquely elastic form of expression and contemporary critique; and as an exceptionally creative and influential art. The course includes investigation into comedy and sitcom style and structure, as well as historical and societal context and impact. Students will be guided in the development of aesthetic criteria for critical examination. This course is focused in the historical and cultural development of television comedies from their pre-TV origins to their contemporary manifestations. Students will develop the strategies for reading media properly while also investigating the historical, literary, cultural and aesthetic contributions of television to 20th- and 21st-century art forms.


Music Appreciation Classes

American Music – Online (3 credits)
FAM 2006-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, HP Historical Perspectives

An online history of music in America c. 1620 to the present. Musical life as we experience it in the USA today is the product of a history that is in many ways unique, but never far from world-wide influences. This course surveys a wide variety of music along with the social, political, and religious movements that have shaped American musical life right up to the present. Examines the contributions of numerous cultural groups, regional developments over four centuries, and the ways music reflects values, aspirations, and problems of the population. Course topics include musical genres, styles, personalities, and trends. Musical examples, discussions, quizzes, and videos are all online. No prior experience with music required.


Aural Skills and Music Fundamentals (3 credits)
FAM 1040-001 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 2:30-3:25 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

The appreciation of music is enhanced by a deeper knowledge of musical materials and structures. This course will build on the concepts introduced in Critical Listening (FAM-1055), furthering the understanding of theoretical aspects of music, harmonization, part-writing, and form, as well as improving aural skills and recognition. The skills learned in this course will provide basis for further study and understanding of music of all genres.


CCM Excursions Abroad – Guatemala
FAM 2000-001 (Thursday, 6-6:55 p.m.)
Second Half-Semester + Study Tour May 29-June 7
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This 10-day excursion to Guatemala involves a collaboration with the music program at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG). During the spring second half-session (March 2-April 25), we will set individual and group goals for the experience, learn about the musical and cultural background of Guatemala, prepare for the logistics of international travel, and virtually meet with students at our partnering institution (UVG). During a ten-day trip to Guatemala (May 29-June 7), we will be based in the scenic highlands campus of UVG in Sololá, overlooking the world-famous, volcano-ringed Lake Atitlán. We will visit local Mayan communities and join students from UVG in a week-long “music camp” which will involve composing and performing music that draws from and blends our respective cultural orientations and musical skill sets. On the final two days of the trip we will trek on a volcano and visit the markets and architectural wonders.


Disney Animated Musicals (3 credits)
FAM 2090-001 (Class: Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30-1:50 p.m.) (Screening: Tuesday, 2-4 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This course explores the genre of the animated film musical with a special emphasis on its presumed originator, the Walt Disney Studios. We will consider the unique expressive properties of this form, examining the ways in which both song and the animated medium distort, rearrange, and reflect the world for its audiences. As we trace the genre’s history and evolution from the earliest experiments with sound technology to the latest multi-billion-dollar franchises, we will simultaneously track shifting trends in popular song and film. This history will run alongside discussions of Disney’s complex and often problematic roles as a purveyor of American and global entertainment.


Experimental Rock – Online (3 credits)
FAM 2013-001 (Jan. 13-March 1, 2020)
FAM 2013-002 (March 2-April 25, 2020)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, TI Technology & Innovation

This course will provide a detailed overview of the tools, techniques and musical styles which had a tremendous impact on the aesthetic of various genres of Rock Music in the 1960s and 70s, the resonance of which can be observed in many mainstream and non-mainstream musical trends of the last 30 years. It will begin with an examination of multi-tracking tape machines: their development and techniques such as sound on sound, tape-delay and flange, which had become standard practice in studios by the late 1960s. This is followed by a technical overview of electronic instruments, specifically the synthesizer, whose development will be traced from the Theremin. Musical trends such as the 1950s avant-garde and Minimalism will serve as a bridge to examinations of seminal bands such as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Can, Neu:, Brian Eno and the Talking Heads among others; the technical knowledge gained from the initial lectures on tape techniques and electronic instruments will be used to gain a deeper understanding of the music of these artists.


Hamilton: A Musical Theater Revolution (3 credits)
FAM 2075-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30-10:50 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical, Hamilton, has been credited as revolutionary and a game changer in the history of the American musical since its off-Broadway opening in 2015. This course explores the revolutionary aspect of this musical, covering song and plot conventions of musical theater as they appear in musicals from the 1920s to the present and investigating how Miranda employs, challenges, and transforms them in Hamilton. We will also consider Hamilton among other “history musicals,” its relationship with popular music (especially hip-hop and sociopolitical issues of race and ethnicity derived from Miranda’s choice to offer a multi-racial cast to represent the Founding Fathers. We will thus contextualize Hamilton in musical theater history and investigate what aspects of the musical are conventional and which ones are original.


History of Rock & Roll II – Online (3 credits)
FAM 3032-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Rock and Roll had humble beginnings in the Southeastern United States, but over time it developed into a force, beyond mere entertainment, that has defined youth culture on a global scale. Rock and roll culture is embedded in the fabric of youth identity. Rock and roll music is a commodity that young people use daily, often with an obsessive devotion. Marketing campaigns that target youth are so relentless that young people are under enormous media and social pressure to join the ranks of consumers. The goal of History of Rock and Roll is, therefore, threefold: 1. To provide for students a chronological survey that examines the relationship between the music, its most successful and colorful artists, the associated recording technology, and the impact of the genre on American culture. 2. Through critical listening and reading, the course will provide students with useful, evaluative tools so that they can make historically informed and thoughtful decisions.


Japanese Pop, Anime & Video Game Music – Online (3 credits)
FAM 2050-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

You will learn the evolution of Japanese Pop, Anime, and Video Game Music (post 1980) including anime theme songs, video game music, and popular songs. Each topic will provide the composer’s biography, historical background, and word-by-word translation of lyrics, and will investigate the cultural differences between Japan and America.


Jazz Appreciation (3 credits)
FAM 2051-001 (Tuesday, 6-8:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

A one-semester overview of America’s true art form: jazz. The course will introduce students to the various styles of jazz, its major performers, its history and origins, and will also involve attending jazz performances at CCM or elsewhere.


Live at CCM (2-3 credits)
FAM 1060-001 (TBA)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Through this course, students will have the opportunity to experience concerts at CCM in a directed environment. Learn about a broad range of music and style through exposure to a wide variety of instrumental ensembles. Attend orchestral, wind ensemble, choral, jazz and contemporary music programs and more with the chance to discuss and write about them through interaction with knowledgeable graduate assistants and the directors of the respective ensembles themselves.


Lyric Songwriting (3 credits)
FAM 3071-001 (Monday/Wednesday, 9:05-10:25 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Writing Lyrics to Music analyzes a variety of song forms to instruct you on key lyrical and melodic components; stressed and unstressed beats, rhyme positions, melodic sections and tone. You’ll work through different musical feels and time signatures, and discover how the natural shapes of the words follow the shape of the melody, ultimately creating a much more expressive composition. This is a “can’t miss” course – it’s bound to take your writing to the next level. It will also make you a more valuable co-writer.


Music Appreciation – Online (3 credits)
FAM 2005-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

An online course that introduces students to a wide range of music in the Western World, covering several historical periods, including our own time. Examines musical styles, musical terms, composers, and other aspects of the music listening experience. Considers the historical and cultural context of musical activity and the way it has shaped the musical life from medieval Europe up to the present in our own communities. Students will discuss their own experiences with music and have the opportunity to attend a musical performance of their choice, near where they live, for class credit. Musical examples, discussions, quizzes, videos and film are all online. No prior experience with music required.


Music of the Beatles (3 credits)
FAM 2061-001 (Online)
FAM 2061-002 (Online)
FAM 2061-003 (Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30-1:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

The Music of the Beatles has made an impact in the whole world both musically and sociologically. The Beatles are considered one of the most influential bands of any era. Their music reflects the cultural and social revolution of the 1960s and serves as a model for understanding all subsequent popular music. This class will chronologically trace the development of the Beatles from their early days through the band’s dissolution. There will be analysis of selected compositions with regard to lyrics, harmony, song structure, instrumentation, and arranging. This class will examine their groundbreaking production techniques, individual writing styles, and the impact of their music on other musicians and social trends.


Music and Politics (3 credits)
FAM 2018-001 (Monday/Wednesday, 11:15 a.m.-12:35 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

This course examines the impact of music on politics during the last 100 years in the contemporary classical realm, as well as folk and popular musical styles. Students will become familiar with prominent politically influenced musicians and composers such as Fela Kuti, Woody Guthrie, Bob Marley, and Frederic Rzewski. Also, this class will cover the impact on music from major political and historical events throughout the century, such as World War II’s influence on jazz, or the life and career of Dmitri Shostakovich under Stalin’s Soviet Union. By studying the biographies and major works of this broad spectrum of musicians, students will be able to outline the diverse characteristics of politically oriented music.


Music of Woodstock (3 credits)
FAM 2070-001 (Tuesday, 6-8:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

The course thoroughly examines the musical artists and the works they performed at history’s most iconic pop music festival, Woodstock (officially the “Woodstock Music and Art Fair”). As many as half a million people or more, descending on a dairy farm in upstate New York in August of 1969 for “three days of peace and music,” were treated to a wildly diverse lineup of musicians and artists hailing from no less than five different continents. The Woodstock Festival is the perfect prism through which to view the 1960s popular scene, when various streams of musical genres converged to forge a new breed of “pop”; the soundtrack of the counterculture and a young, idealistic generation. How did a music festival, let alone pop music in general, become a catalyst for social, political, and artistic change and upheaval? How was the motley assortment of musicians of various stripes, genres, genders, and ethnicities received by the crowd, temporarily the fourth-largest city in New York? How did this crowd co-exist and survive without virtually any of the realities that plague a similar-sized urban center? These are just a few of the many questions posed in this course as we study and—equally as important—savor and experience the musical performances of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.


Progressive Rock (3 credits)
FAM 2020-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 1:30-2:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This course will provide a detailed overview of the Progressive Rock phenomenon of the 1970’s; further study will be made of other relevant hybrid genres of this era such as Jazz/Fusion and Afrobeat. In order to better understand and appreciate these styles students will examine the evolution of Jazz during the 1960’s and its cross pollination with Rock in the later part of the decade. There will also be an emphasis on the technological breakthroughs in musical instruments: electro-acoustic instruments such as the Fender rhodes and synthesizers such as the Moog. Throughout, students will examine samples of music and explore its influence on mainstream and non-mainstream musical trends of the last 30 years.


What’s Hot in Popular Music – Online (3 credits)
FAM 2062-001
FAM 2062-002
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This online course examines current popular music in its trending styles and genres. Students will critique selected songs from the weekly “Billboard” charts and various other media resources, including You Tube and digital download statistics, and consider both the hottest artists as well as promising up-and-comers. Students will develop skills for evaluating artistic intent with respect to lyrics, some basic literary techniques, melody, harmony, rhythm, song form, and psychology, and with a look at cutting edge production techniques. Students will identify and compare unique composing and performing styles of today’s artists and identify links between the music business and societal trends. Weekly activity will include reading, viewing, and listening to examples online and completing assignments on Canopy. No prerequisite. No textbook.


Women in Music (3 credits)
FAM 2025-001 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 11:15 a.m-12:10 p.m.
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, DEI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Women in Music is an historical survey of women’s lives and accomplishments in Western music from the medieval period to the present time. The course includes women of diverse races, classes and cultures, and the historical issues that impacted or limited their work. An examination of women’s roles as composers, performers, and patrons reveals their achievements that have been largely ignored because of their gender. Furthermore, although the cultural and societal values change over time and geographic locations, it is evident that suppression and exploitation are recurring themes with regard to social status, education, economics, politics, religion or racial prejudice.


World Music Lab (0-1 credits)
FAM 3085-001 Indian Raga (Monday/Wednesday, 7:15-8:10 p.m.)
FAM 3085-002 Bluegrass and Old-Time Band (Tuesday, 5-7 p.m.)
FAM 3085-003 Tabla I (Wednesday, 6-7:40 p.m.)
FAM 3085-004 Tabla II (Wednesday, 7:45-9:25 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Students learn to play music of a given cultural tradition in an ensemble setting using appropriate instruments and/or voice.


Music Performance Classes

Beginning Jazz Improv
FAM 1065-001 (Monday, 1:30-4:20 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This course will provide the student with the fundamentals of Jazz improvisation. It will introduce the student to the language of the jazz improviser, from chord recognition and their related scales, to important compositions and their construction. It will aid the development of aural training skills from harmony to melodic patterns. Emphasis is placed on jazz feel, performance skills and knowledge of scales modes, jazz patterns and phrasing, from 7th chord construction to analysis and performance of the blues. Basic knowledge of scales and chords is expected prior to enrolling.


CCM Excursions Abroad – Guatemala
FAM 2000-001 (Thursday, 6-6:55 p.m.)
Second Half-Semester + Study Tour May 29-June 7
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This 10-day excursion to Guatemala involves a collaboration with the music program at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG). During the spring second half-session (March 2-April 25), we will set individual and group goals for the experience, learn about the musical and cultural background of Guatemala, prepare for the logistics of international travel, and virtually meet with students at our partnering institution (UVG). During a ten-day trip to Guatemala (May 29-June 7), we will be based in the scenic highlands campus of UVG in Sololá, overlooking the world-famous, volcano-ringed Lake Atitlán. We will visit local Mayan communities and join students from UVG in a week-long “music camp” which will involve composing and performing music that draws from and blends our respective cultural orientations and musical skill sets. On the final two days of the trip we will trek on a volcano and visit the markets and architectural wonders


Classical Guitar Class (2 credits)
GTAR 5175-001 (Undergraduate)
GTAR 6075-001 (Graduate)
All Sections: Tuesday/Thursday, 12:20-1:15 p.m.
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Applied course in basic guitar skills. Emphasis on playing classical and folk styles. Review of current published methods and materials. Open to non-CCM students. Course repeats each semester. Students provide their own nylon string guitars.


Electronic Music Production with Ableton Live and Push (3 credits)
FAM 2045-001 (Wednesday, 6-8:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, TI Technology & Innovation

This is a course designed around contemporary electronic and pop music production techniques using Ableton Live Software and Ableton Push MIDI controllers.  We will be using existing genres and associated production strategies as a vehicle for learning music production. This is also an exploration of your own creativity and unlocking individual expression through electronic music production. This class is appropriate for musicians of all ability levels and backgrounds and has applications in music education, production, music therapy, and preparatory education. By the end of this course, students will have made a small portfolio of music and will gain familiarity to a wide variety of modern electronic pop music production techniques.


Group Music Instrument Lessons: Violin, Saxophone, Trumpet and Clarinet
FAM 1080 (Class Days and Times TBA)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: CT Critical Thinking, KI Knowledge Integration, FA Fine Arts

This course provides an opportunity for non-music majors to receive lessons on their instrument in a small group setting (up to 6 students per instrument group). Students will study fundamentals of sound production, develop their technique, enhance their pedagogical and critical listening skills, and expand their repertoire. Students will prepare etudes and appropriate works, perform them in class, and receive feedback from their peers. Students are expected to practice outside of class. Students are expected to have some fluency on their instrument prior to enrolling in this course. Students must supply their own instrument and bring it to class. No instruments will be provided, although exceptions may be made for certain percussion instruments. Group lessons are offered for each instrument based on instructor availability.


Group Piano for Non-music Majors (3 credits)
PIAN 1001-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 10:10-11:05 a.m.)
PIAN 1001-002 (Tuesday/Thursday, 9:05-10 a.m.)
PIAN 1001-003 (Tuesday/Thursday, 10:10-11:05 a.m.)
PIAN 1001-004 (Tuesday/Thursday, 1:25-2:20 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Designed for those with little or no piano experience; teaches the fundamentals of reading music, playing by ear, using chord charts, and improving finger flexibility.


Group Piano for Non-Majors II (3 credits)
PIAN 1002-001 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 1:25-2:20 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This is a continuation of Group Piano for Non-music Majors I. Students learn the basics of piano playing and chord playing, as well as basic music theory. Technical skills are taught.


Jammin’ with Laptops (3 credits)
FAM 2014-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

This course will explore the potentials of laptop computers for music making. Various technical topics, including analog v. digital sound, audio software, effects, gear, MIDI and audio programming languages will be surveyed. In addition, a survey of the history of computer music will be conducted by way of an investigation into seminal readings and recordings. Both of these inquiries will provide participants with the technical and analytical skills to utilize their laptops to creative ends. Participants will also be expected to work in small groups on creative projects.


Jammin’ with Laptops – Online (3 credits)
FAM 2023-001
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

In this course, you will play, record, and make music with online instruments. There are three units, and each unit includes a distinctive music making session; Individual Session (Unit 1), Collaborative Session (Unit 2), and Creative Jam Session (Unit 3 In the Unit 1, you will individually study the basic knowledge of music making, including identifying musical instruments, playing online instruments, and recording the music that you played through the exercises. In the Midterm Exam, you will be asked to answer the basic knowledge that you have learned so far. In the Unit 2 and 3, you will form your laptop band with your online classmates to play and record music together. In the Unit 2, you will collaborate with 1~2 classmate(s) to complete the assignment together. In the Unit 3, you will collaborate with 2~4 classmates to create your own band under your instruction to direct your band members, and play for your band member’s music under their respective directions. In the Final Exam, you will be asked to answer all the materials that you have learned.


Piano Elective for Undergraduates (1-2 credits)
PIAN 5030-001 (TBA)

Piano lessons for students who want to study as an elective. By permission only.


Piano Elective for Graduate Students (1-2 credits)
PIAN 8030-001 (TBA)

Applied weekly lessons. Content (repertoire and technical exercises) determined by professor based on the specific needs of each student.


Pop Piano for Non-Majors (3 credits)
PIAN 1003-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m.)
PIAN 1003-002 (Tuesday/Thursday, 12:20-1:15 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Students will learn how to play piano parts of popular idiom piano pieces. They will learn how to realize chord “lead” sheets and also listen to music to pick up piano accompaniment styles. Learning to read music is not part of this course, although you will learn to read rhythm charts. Music will be chosen from artists such as Coldplay, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, as well as earlier works by Chicago, Motley Crue and John Lennon. Choices will be made depending on the type of accompaniment style you are learning.


UC Guitar Orchestra (2 credits)
FAM 1075-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30-1:25 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Area: FA Fine Arts

The UC Guitar Orchestra provides players of any type of guitar (steel or nylon string acoustic; electric) with the opportunity to come together as community to rehearse and perform in a large ensemble format. We will explore a diverse range of repertoire including classical, folk, pop and non-Western genres. Participation in the orchestra is open to all guitarists who own their own guitar, have basic technical proficiency and the ability to read either standard musical notation or tablature. The semester will culminate in a public performance.


World Music Lab (0-1 credits)
FAM 3085-001 Indian Raga (Monday/Wednesday, 7:15-8:10 p.m.)
FAM 3085-002 Bluegrass and Old-Time Band (Tuesday, 5-7 p.m.)
FAM 3085-003 Tabla I (Wednesday, 6-7:40 p.m.)
FAM 3085-004 Tabla II (Wednesday, 7:45-9:25 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Students learn to play music of a given cultural tradition in an ensemble setting using appropriate instruments and/or voice.


 Theatre Appreciation Classes

Acting for Non-Majors (3 credits)
FAM 1001-001 (Monday/Wednesday, 1-2:20 p.m.)
FAM 1001-002 (Monday/Wednesday, 6-7:20 p.m.)
FAM 1001-003 (Monday/Wednesday, 4-5:20 p.m.)
FAM 1001-004 (Monday/Wednesday, 2:30-3:50 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

An introductory course in the craft of acting designed for University students interested in theatre performance. Students will work on unscripted material in group improvisations and scripted material in the presentation of monologues or scenes. Basic actor vocabulary common to all styles of performance will be taught.


Hamilton: A Musical Theater Revolution (3 credits)
FAM 2075-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30-10:50 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture, and Ethics

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical, Hamilton, has been credited as revolutionary and a game changer in the history of the American musical since its off-Broadway opening in 2015. This course explores the revolutionary aspect of this musical, covering song and plot conventions of musical theater as they appear in musicals from the 1920s to the present and investigating how Miranda employs, challenges, and transforms them in Hamilton. We will also consider Hamilton among other “history musicals,” its relationship with popular music (especially hip-hop and socio-political issues of race and ethnicity derived from Miranda’s choice to offer a multi-racial cast to represent the Founding Fathers. We will thus contextualize Hamilton in musical theater history and investigate what aspects of the musical are conventional and which ones are original.


Introduction to Stage Lighting & Sound (3 credits)
THPR 1020C-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30-10:50 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

In this course, the student will learn hands on skills with lighting and sound equipment, while discovering the ways in which modern technology can be effectively applied as a key production element in drama, musical theatre, opera and dance. Through experiences both practical and theoretical, each student will gain operational skills, and recognize the importance of teamwork and collaboration in creating art and discovering a personal aesthetic.


Stage Lighting Lab & Crew for Non-Majors (1-2 credits)
THPR 1018C-001 (Friday, 10:10-11:05 a.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Practical production undergraduate crew work in the execution of stage lighting designs for major opera, musical theatre, dance and dramatic productions. Each student will practice their understanding in accomplishing the execution of a realized lighting design project(s). Non-typical work session hours required (evening and weekends) for installation and running crews for productions. May be repeated for credit.


Theatre History for Non-Majors (3 credits)
DRPF 2055-001 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 11:15-12:10 p.m.)
DRPF 2055-002 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 2:30-3:25 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, HP Historical Perspectives

History of Theatre is a chronological look at the rise of Western theatre from ancient times to the Renaissance. The course examines how theatre emerges, its dramatic structure, styles of acting, various visual elements and different production techniques. The course also explores how theatre artisans built upon the experiences of one another, introduces key figures from theatre history and shows how theatre continues to influence us today.


Voice Class (1-2 credits)
VOIC 1075/7075-001 (Thursday, 2-2:55 p.m.)
VOIC 1075/7075-002 (Tuesday, 4-4:55 p.m.)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts

Voice Class is intended to impart the rudiments of classical vocal technique. Topics addressed include breathing for singing, phonation, anatomy of the breathing process, anatomy of the larynx, posture, vowel formation, and characteristics of consonant sounds. The class will culminate in the student performing a song in English.


Registration Information

Find the most up-to-date class information and register at catalyst.uc.edu. For more information on the registration process, please visit uc.edu/registrar/registration.

*The course information posted above is accurate as of Oct. 11, 2019. Consult the UC course offerings available at catalyst.uc.edu for possible schedule changes.

CCM News Student Salutes

CCM Stages Award-Winning Mystery ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

The CCMONSTAGE Play Series presents this moving coming-of-age tale about the challenges and wonders of life on Oct. 17-20, 2019. Tickets are on sale now.

CCM continues its new CCMONSTAGE Play Series with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, playing Oct. 17-20 in Cohen Family Studio Theater. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play, the production is based on the novel by Mark Haddon and adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens.

The story focuses on 15-year-old Christopher and how he uses his extraordinary brain to navigate everyday life. He is exceptional at mathematics, but has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road. He detests being touched and he distrusts strangers, overwhelmed by sensory overload.

When Christopher finds his neighbor’s dead dog, he becomes determined to solve the mystery and find the murderer. His detective work takes him on a thrilling journey through London that overturns his entire world.

“Christopher is a hero on a hero’s journey,” says CCM Acting Professor Richard E. Hess, director of the play. “He teaches us about courage, about resilience, about curiosity and about hope. This play is a revelation, a magical journey to the heart.”

Read more about this season’s Play Series in The News Record.

The 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Play Series presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Oct. 17-20, 2019, at Cohen Family Studio Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.
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Creative Team

  • Richard Hess, director
  • Mallory Bruno, production stage manager
  • Seth Howard*, scenic designer
  • Alex Mason*, lighting designer
  • Travis Byrne*, sound designer
  • Sammi Grant, dialect coach

* CCM Student

Cast List

  • Jabari Carter as Christopher
  • Amanda Nelson as Siobhan
  • Gabe Nasato as Ed
  • Sierra Coachman as Judy
  • Chandler Bates as Voice One, Mrs. Shears, Mrs. Gascoyne, Woman on Train, Shopkeeper
  • Noah Buyak as Voice Two, Roger (Mr. Shears), Duty Sergeant, Mr. Wise, Man Behind Counter, Drunk One
  • Reid Robison as Voice Three, Policeman, Mr. Thompson, Drunk Two, Man with Socks, London Policeman
  • Frankie Chuter as Voice Four, Reverend Peters, Uncle Terry, Station Policeman, Station Guard
  • Kayla Temshiv as Voice Five, No. 40, Lady in Street, Information, Punk Girl
  • Michelle Jardine as Voice Six, Mrs. Alexander, Posh Woman

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18
  • 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20

Location

Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single tickets prices start at $27; student discounts and group rates are also available.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Tickets and subscriptions 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.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s 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 more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York.

CCMONSTAGE Faculty Fanfare Student Salutes