CCM Students and Alumni Featured in NANOWorks’ Season Closing Productions June 27 – 29

Composer (and CCM alumna) Jennifer Jolley.

Composer (and CCM alumna) Jennifer Jolley, co-founder of NANOWorks.

We are delighted to report that North American New Opera Workshop’s (NANOWorks) season-closing production of Marie Incontrera’s At the Other Side of the Earth and Eric Knechtges’ Last Call will feature a number of current and former CCM students!

This exciting double-bill production opens with the Midwestern premiere of Incontrera’s riot girl opera, showcasing the talents of sopranos Molly Hanes (MM, 2013), Autumn West (MM, 2013) and Esther Kang (MM, 2012), along with bass-baritone Ben Flanders (MM, 1998). Instrumentalists for this piece include violinists Nick Naegele (BM, 2007; MM, 2008; AD, 2010) and Dylan Firlie (current BM student), along with rehearsal pianist Stephen Variames (AD, 2014).

The production also features the world premiere of Knechtges’ Last Call, an opera loosely based on Cincinnati’s gay bar scene. That work features mezzo-soprano Lauren McAllister (MM, 2014) and sopranos Stacey Sands (MM, 2010) and Katherine Krueger (MM, 2012).

Aik Khai Pung (MM, 2009) conducts both operas.

NANOWorks’ season-closing double-bill runs June 27 – 29 at the Cabaret Room above the Below Zero Lounge. Learn more about both works by visiting www.nanoworksopera.com.

NANOWorks was co-founded by CCM alumna Jennifer Jolley (MM, 2009; DMA, 2012) and is dedicated to raising the spotlight on young singers, composers, librettists, directors, choreographers and other company artists in order to give them a stepping stone to national attention.

Last July, Opera News’ Kyle MacMillan profiled Jolly and observed that NANOWorks is based in Cincinnati “partly because Jolley and her collaborators live there and partly because of the rich pool of vocal talent there, due to the presence of the respected University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.”

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CCM Alumna Marie Speziale to Receive Pioneer Award at International Women’s Brass Conference

CCM alumna Marie Speziale (BM, 1964).

CCM alumna Marie Speziale (BM, 1964).

We are thrilled to report that CCM alumna and former faculty member Marie Speziale (BM, 1964) will be presented with a Pioneer Award at the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC) at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, at Northern Kentucky University’s Greaves Hall.

Acknowledged as the first woman trumpeter in a major symphony orchestra, Speziale served as Associate Principal Trumpet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for 32 years, from 1964 until her retirement in November of 1996. At this year’s conference, she will be honored as a musician whose career and spirit exemplifies the goals and traditions of the IWBC. Congratulations!

At each IWBC, beginning with the first in 1993, the IWBC has recognized women who have been pioneers in the top levels of brass performance, breaking down barriers and living their lives effecting change for those who followed. A full list of past award recipients may be found on the IWBC web site at myiwbc.org/about/iwbc-pioneers.

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Three CCM Students Named As League of Cincinnati Theatres’ 2014 Rising Stars

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The League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) has announced its 2014 Rising Star Award-recipients and this year’s winners include current and former CCM students Kaitlyn Adams, Blaine Krauss and Kevin Semancik, along with recent Xavier University graduate Patrick Phillips. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

All four young artists have been awarded for their exemplary contributions to local theatre courtesy of Diet Dr. Pepper and Pepsi Beverages. This year’s winners were chosen from a pool of nominees recommended by their university or a theatre they have worked for. CCM’s Matt Hill and Shaun Sutton were runners up.

Rising Stars must be under 25 years of age and are nominated for their body of work by academic and theatre personnel. The award was created to recognize talented young people who have and will contribute to professional theatre in Cincinnati and the industry at large.

This year’s committee was chaired by LCT Board Members Cathy Springfield and Kirk Sheppard. Each winner receives $1000 to help them as they continue their careers courtesy of Diet Dr. Pepper and Pepsi Beverages, facilitated by Rick Gill.

You can learn more about Kaitlyn Adams, Blaine Krauss and Kevin Semancik below!

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Cincinnati CityBeat Shows CCM Student, Alum and Upcoming Production Some Love in Latest Issue

CityBeat's "Love List" issue is on newsstands now.

CityBeat’s “Love List” issue is on newsstands now.

The Feb. 5 – 11 issue of CityBeat is on newsstands now and we are delighted to report that the magazine’s “Love List” features CCM alumnus Drew Klein and senior musical theatre major Blaine Krauss!

A graduate of CCM’s Electronic Media program, Klein has been making a name for himself as the Contemporary Arts Center’s first-ever performance curator. You can read his full profile here.

Krauss can next be seen as Jean Valjean in CCM’s upcoming Mainstage Series production of Les Misérables, playing Feb. 27 – March 9 in Patricia Corbett Theater. You can read his full profile here.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, Rick Pender also previews this week’s production of Metamorphoses at CCM (also in Patricia Corbett Theater) and NKU’s upcoming production of Arabian Nights, both written by Mary Zimmerman.

Visit citybeat.com/cincinnati to view the full issue online.

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CCM Philharmonia Presents Program of Grand Symphonic Works on April 26

CCM’s Philharmonia Orchestra will present an exciting concert of new and grand symphonic works at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, in Corbett Auditorium.

The concert will feature a world premiere of CCM student composer Jennifer Jolley’s Le monde du silence and Anton Bruckner’s romantic work Symphony No. 8 in C Minor.

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Three CCM Students Named As League of Cincinnati Theatres’ 2012 Rising Stars

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The League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) has announced the five recipients of its 2012 Rising Star Awards and three CCM students will be recognized at this year’s LCT Theatre Gala on May 21st! LCT’s 2012 Rising Stars include CCM Musical Theatre seniors John Riddle and Katie Johannigman and CCM Drama senior Kristopher Dean. Congratulations all of this year’s award recipients!

Read Jackie Demaline’s coverage of the LCT’s 2012 Rising Stars announcement in the Cincinnati Enquirer here.

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CCM Welcomes Composer Libby Larsen As Part Of ‘SongFest’ Residency Next Month

CCM Guest Artist Libby Larsen is one of America’s most performed living composers.

CCM Guest Artist Libby Larsen is one of America’s most performed living composers.

Next month, CCM welcomes award-winning composer Libby Larsen for a special residency as part of the art song festival SongFest.

SongFest: American Composers Series of Cincinnati will take place April 1 – 4 and will include private coaching sessions and other activities at CCM as well as the Nativity School, St. Francis de Sales Elementary School and Northern Kentucky University (NKU).

The residency will culminate at CCM on Wednesday, April 4 with an 11 a.m. master class and an 8 p.m. concert. Both events take place in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall and are free and open to the general public.

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CCM Student Composer Wins The Atlanta Opera’s 24 Hour Opera Project Competition

CCM DMA student Jennifer Jolley.

CCM DMA student Jennifer Jolley.

Jennifer Jolley, a DMA student in CCM’s Composition Department, claimed honors from both the judges and audience in The Atlanta Opera’s 24 Hour Opera Project. Jolley’s ten-minute opera, Krispy Kremes and Butter Queens, with a libretto by Vynnie Meli, was written in twelve hours Friday night and early Saturday morning, and performed to a standing room only crowd in Atlanta Saturday night.

As previously reported, Jolley and fellow CCM student Jonathan Stinson were two of just five composers selected from across the country to compete in the competition.

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CCM Student Composers Selected For Atlanta Opera’s 24 Hour Opera Project Competition

Jennifer Jolley, a DMA student in CCM’s Composition Department, and Jonathan Stinson, a composer/baritone studying in CCM’s Opera Department, are two of just five composers selected from across the country to compete in Atlanta Opera’s second annual 24 Hour Opera Project competition, running Jan. 20-21.

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CCM’s Accent11 Festival Features Energizing Performances

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CCM’s annual Accent Chamber Music Festival for young artists announces six exciting performances from June 12 – 18 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater in CCM Village. A complete schedule is listed below. All concerts are free and open to the public.

The Accent11 performances feature masterworks of the chamber music repertoire as well as the innovative works of new composers, performed by the stellar Accent11 faculty-artists alongside outstanding college and graduate-age artists who are immersing themselves in the study of chamber music for the duration of the festival.

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