Dynamic Conductor and Educator Kevin Michael Holzman is Named Director of Wind Studies at CCM

A portrait of conductor and educator Kevin Michael Holzman.

Kevin Michael Holzman will begin his new appointment as Director of Wind Studies at CCM on Aug. 15, 2018.

Interim Dean bruce d. mcclung has announced the appointment of Kevin Michael Holzman to the position of Director of Winds Studies at CCM. Holzman joined CCM’s faculty on a visiting basis in 2017. His new appointment will begin on Aug. 15, 2018.

In his new position, Holzman will serve as the music director for three ensembles: the Wind Orchestra, CCM’s premier large wind ensemble, and two chamber ensembles. His academic responsibilities will include teaching graduate conducting, survey of wind literature and related courses as well as the advising and mentoring of wind conducting students in CCM’s MM and DMA programs.

Prior to his appointment as Visiting Assistant Director of Wind Studies at CCM, Holzman earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Music Director of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Mark Scatterday, DMA. As the Frederick Fennell Conducting Fellow and 2016 recipient of the prestigious Walter Hagen Prize for Excellence in Conducting, Holzman served as Associate Conductor of the world-renowned Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Wind Orchestra. He regularly appeared as a conductor for OSSIA New Music, including multiple world-premiere performances. He also studied extensively with Neil Varon, Director of Eastman Orchestras.

In summer 2016, Holzman was invited to serve as an associate conductor on the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s first tour in Europe, where he conducted the Eastman Harmonie in Salzburg, Vienna and Prague. He also collaborated with prominent composers David Maslanka and Bert Appermont for the “Celebration of the Symphony” concert with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. The performance was Eastman’s first live-streamed large ensemble concert, which included the North American premiere of Appermont’s Symphony No. 2 The Golden Age. Holzman also served as an Assistant Producer for the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s recent release Sierra Live and upcoming album featuring the music of Jeff Tyzik.

Beyond Eastman, Holzman has worked with professional ensembles including the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In April 2017, he was appointed conductor of the Music in the American Wild ensemble, a National Endowment for the Arts grant-funded ensemble that commissioned 11 new works in celebration of the 2016 U.S. National Parks Centennial. Holzman recently completed a studio-recording project of commissioned compositions, set for release by ArtistShare NYC in spring 2018. In 2016 Holzman formed and began serving as Music Director of the Upstate Brass Band, an exciting brass ensemble that performs in upstate New York, and was commissioned to record a series of new brass band arrangements by renowned composer/trombonist Bill Reichenbach.

Holzman became the founding Music Director and conductor of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Wind Ensemble in fall 2016. He successfully recruited and led the ensemble’s inaugural year, and it is now the college’s largest instrumental ensemble. After earning his MM in conducting at the University of Arizona (UA), Holzman had the opportunity to teach and conduct as Interim Principal Conductor for the Wind Symphony at UA’s Fred Fox School of Music during the director’s extended absence from 2012 to 2014. He also served as the Director and Coordinator of the UA Symphonic Band and High School Honor Band during his tenure.

In addition to his work with collegiate and professional ensembles, Holzman is a passionate advocate for music education and access to music in all schools. He recently served as Volunteer Coordinator for ROCmusic, an El Sistema-inspired community music program in Rochester, New York, and he assisted with the UA Outreach Honor Band during his tenure in Tucson, Arizona. He is an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha, Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi music fraternities.

You can catch Holzman and the CCM Wind Ensemble in concert at 8 p.m. tonight, Nov. 2, in Patricia Corbett Theater. You can view a schedule of other upcoming CCM Winds Series performances by visiting ccm.uc.edu/music/winds/events/2017-18.

Please join us in congratulating Kevin Michael Holzman on his new appointment!

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An Art of the Piano master class.

CCM Announces 2015 Schedule of Summer Programs, Educational Workshops and Special Events

CCM will offer a variety of educational workshops for both emerging artists and music educators in the summer of 2015, along with additional intensives and special events throughout the year.

Students can participate in programs centered on piano and opera performance, wind and orchestral conducting, film scoring, audio production, music education and more. Applications are now being accepted for all programs.

Please see below for a complete schedule of interactive workshop opportunities and special events. Learn more by visiting ccm.uc.edu/summer.

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CCM’S 2015 SCHEDULE OF SUMMER PROGRAMS, EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

WIND CONDUCTING

Director: CCM Director of Wind Studies Glenn Price
February 12 – 14

Participants will concentrate on developing the skill of leading clearly and with artistic depth, while providing educational experiences that are stimulating and fulfilling for young students, pre-professional and professional performers alike.

Class sessions cover topics such as baton technique, score study and rehearsal methods with a focus on the intersection of conducting and education. This workshop is open to conductors of all levels.

WEBSITEccm.uc.edu/summer/wind-conducting
REGISTRATION
https://ccmsummer.wufoo.com/forms/spring-wind-conducting-workshop

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A student conductor.

CONDUCTING STRAVINSKY

Director: CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson
April 24 – 26

Now in its eighth year, the CCM Orchestral Conducting Workshop offers an exciting and unique opportunity to explore two of the three pivotal ballets by Russian master IGOR STRAVINSKY.

Participants will have the opportunity to work with CCM’s top-flight orchestras, the Philharmonia and Concert Orchestra, on these iconic monuments of the 20th century.

Music directors Mark Gibson and Neil Varon will explore the rhythmic, sonic and metric complexities of these masterpieces with participants and apprentices from around the world.

WEBSITEccm.uc.edu/summer/conducting-stravinsky
APPLICATION
https://app.getacceptd.com/ccmsummer

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DIGITAL PORTFOLIO WORKSHOP

Director: CCM Associate Professor of E-Media Peter DePietro
May 4 – 8

A unique website is one of the most important marketing tools, public relations platforms and means of showcasing talent for artists looking for work. In this five day workshop, tailored especially for performing and visual artists with no or little experience in web design and production, you will receive instruction in industry-standard Adobe software tools as well as scripting languages like HTML, CSS and JavaScript. You will learn how to incorporate videos, audio clips and photographic slideshows of your work into a media-rich online presence. By the end of the course, you will have created and launched your very own website.

WEBSITEccm.uc.edu/summer/digital-portfolio-design
REGISTRATIONccm.uc.edu/summer/digital-portfolio-design/register

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The Cincinnati World Piano Competition

59TH CINCINNATI WORLD PIANO COMPETITION

In Collaboration with: Cincinnati World Piano Competition and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
June 7 – 13

The reinvigorated Cincinnati World Piano Competition attracts applicants from every corner of the world. These talented artists proceed through a series of auditions over the course of a week to compete for over $45,000 in prize money.

The competition takes place in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium and culminates in a final round concert with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Tickets for the competition will be on sale through the CSO box office in the spring.

WEBSITEhttp://www.cincinnatiwpc.org

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ART OF THE PIANO

Artistic Director: CCM Chair of Piano Awadagin Pratt
June 12 – 28

This two-week program gives up and coming pianists the opportunity to work with outstanding professional artists from across the globe. Each student will play in three master classes throughout the workshop’s duration and will also have the opportunity to converse with the guest artists during scheduled roundtable lunches.

Student recitals and guest artist concerts round out the schedule, and are open to the general public.

WEBSITEccm.uc.edu/summer/art_of_piano
APPLICATION
https://app.getacceptd.com/ccmsummer

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CCM Professor Tom Haines.

FILM SCORING INSTITUTE

Institute Director: CCM Professor of Commercial Music Production Tom Haines
June 13 – July 3

Students of the Film Scoring Institute learn the ins and outs of composing music for the silver screen. Guest faculty members give students practical knowledge of the business and put it to use by using the latest composition technology to compose for a film clip.

The workshop ends with a live recording session so students leave with a fully realized and produced portfolio piece.

WEBSITEccm.uc.edu/summer/film_scoring
APPLICATION
https://app.getacceptd.com/ccmsummer

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32ND ANNUAL CLASSICAL GUITAR WORKSHOP

Director: CCM Professor of Classical Guitar Clare Callahan
July 12 – 18

An intensive seven-day workshop for classical guitar enthusiasts of all levels. Participation in master classes and ensembles is organized according to individual skill levels (beginning, intermediate or advanced). A separate schedule of activities is available for young guitarists age 14 and under. There are special sessions on topics like recital preparation, performance, music theory, arranging for guitar, early music instruments, etc.

Each evening there is a concert, beginning with Sunday night’s Faculty Ensemble Recital. Established players and teachers from neighboring schools are a part of the coaching staff.

The workshop is a rich environment of players of all levels from all ages and geographical locations — junior high school through college and graduate school, young professionals in music and other fields, and retirees. The common denominator is love for the classical guitar.

WEBSITE: ccm.uc.edu/summer/classicalguitar
APPLICATION: ccm.uc.edu/summer/classicalguitar/application

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Music educators.

ORFF LEVELS I AND II

Director: CCM Assistant Professor of Music Education Amy Beegle
July 20 – 31

Music education teachers will work with students from CCM’s Preparatory Division to develop and apply skills in singing, expressive speech, movement, recorder and more. This uniquely designed program gives real time practical experience and feedback in working with a classroom of children.

The program has expanded from previous years to include Level II as well as Level I and will feature one of the nation’s leading Orff specialists Danai Gagné as guest faculty.

WEBSITEccm.uc.edu/summer/orff-schulwerk
REGISTRATION
ccm.uc.edu/summer/orff-schulwerk/registration

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RECORDING AND SOUND PRODUCTION/WOOD AND WIRES

Director: Ric Hordinsky
Off-Campus Location: Monastery Studio
July 20 – 31

Participants will work with Grammy-nominated producer Ric Hordinsky to record and produce tracks for a musical artist.

This workshop gives students an overview of setting cues and levels, mixing tracks and working with an artist to get their desired musical result.

WEBSITEccm.uc.edu/summer/recording

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Student singers.

OPERA STUDIO

Director: CCM Assistant Professor of Voice Amy Johnson
July 20 – August 8

A select group of talented young singers will be chosen to spend three weeks in residence at CCM under the guidance of a renowned faculty, with an emphasis on Italian repertoire.

Participants will receive daily Italian language classes, daily coaching and staging sessions and two voice lessons each week. Students will perform in recital as well as in the culminating opera scenes concert.

WEBSITEccm.uc.edu/summer/opera_studio
APPLICATION
https://app.getacceptd.com/ccmsummer

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CREATING CARMEN: AN OPERA BOOT CAMP

Director: CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson
July 22 – August 8

Working with an internationally renowned faculty led by Mark Gibson, director of Orchestral Studies at CCM, conductors and pianists will have daily Italian instruction, text and style sessions and conducting and coaching master classes. Students will also participate in staging rehearsals, work with singers and lead orchestra rehearsals.

Advanced opera singers will have the opportunity to learn a role in its entirety and work with renowned faculty and industry professionals, along with daily Italian classes and coachings. The course culminates in a semi-staged performance.

WEBSITEccm.uc.edu/summer/operaconducting
APPLICATION
https://app.getacceptd.com/ccmsummer

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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 more information on summer programs and special events, please visit ccm.uc.edu/summer.

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

CCM graduate student Thanapol Setabrahmana.

CCM graduate student Thanapol Setabrahmana.

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

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

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

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

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CCM Celebrates the Music of Ludwig van Beethoven

CCM's Concert Orchestra.

CCM’s Concert Orchestra.

The CCM Philharmonia and Concert Orchestras open their seasons with a festival celebrating the legacy of Ludwig van Beethoven. Running from Sept. 14 through Oct. 12, the Beethoven Festival showcases the talents of CCM students and faculty in a concert series featuring a variety of the composer’s works, including six of his nine symphonies, two overtures, two concertos and a variety of chamber music.

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