The CCM Chamber Choir performs in a still image from the third installment of CCMONSTAGE Online. Photo/MasseyGreenAVP

CCM’s streaming series continues with a performance by the Chamber Choir on March 19

The UC College-Conservatory of Music’s virtual concert series continues with a powerful performance by the CCM Chamber Choir.

CCM’s “stars of tomorrow” are back on stage, and you get the best seats in the house! The next episode of CCMONSTAGE Online debuts at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 19, 2021. The premiere will stream simultaneously on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

Dubbed Together/Apart, this hour-long virtual concert features the CCM Chamber Choir under the direction of accomplished new faculty member Joe Miller, who was named the director of CCM’s lauded Choral Studies program in 2020.

“The isolation generated by the pandemic is at the heart of Together/Apart,” says Miller. “Strengthening our world by staying apart is a new concept for many of us and one that we both resist and embrace.”

Comprised of nine musical selections dating from the Renaissance to the 21st century, Together/Apart‘s eclectic program takes viewers on an emotional journey that reflects on the impact of COVID-19. Works by Thomas Morley, Claudio Monteverdi and J.S. Bach are featured alongside contemporary pieces like David Lang’s “I Am Walking” and The Wailin’ Jennys’ “One Voice.” The performance is also a collaborative effort with CCM’s Department of Theatre Design and Production, and also features lighting and projections by student designer Emily Rooks.

“Engaging with music allows us to recognize the significance of this isolation,” says Miller. “Together/Apart seeks to provide a musical landscape, reflecting this shared experience.  Sometimes music is the only thing that makes sense.”

Like other episodes in CCM’s new virtual performance series, Together/Apart also features commentary from CCM students. All episodes of CCMONSTAGE Online can be digitally streamed for free. After the premiere broadcast, each installment in this ongoing series will remain available for on-demand viewing on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

In addition to the performances recorded in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium, portions of Together/Apart were also recorded at Cincinnati’s Old St. Mary’s Church. Video production by MasseyGreenAVP, LLC. This digital performance series is made possible by support from CCMONSTAGE Online Broadcast Sponsors CCMpower and ArtsWave, and CCMONSTAGE Online Production Sponsors Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer.


Streaming Premiere

7:30 p.m. EDT Friday, March 19, 2021

Performance Repertoire

  • David Lang: “I Am Walking” from Death Speaks
  • Thomas Morley: Nolo mortem peccatoris
  • Claudio Monteverdi: Ohimè, dov’è il mio ben (from Book VII Madrigals)
  • Robert White: Domine quis habitabit (III)
  • Paweł Łukaszewski: Responsoria Tenebrae: V. Ecce quomodo moritur
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Komm, Jesu, komm
  • Ruth Moody, arr. Marcelline Moody: One Voice
  • Nathan Jones: I Would Live in Your Love
  • Ola Gjeilo: Ubi Caritas

Performers and Creative Team

CCM Chamber Choir

Joe Miller, music director and conductor
Joseph Taff, graduate assistant conductor
Shane Thomas, Jr., graduate assistant conductor

Soprano

Tori Adams
Jisoo Bae
Tanya Harris
Jennifer Jun
Rachel Kobernick
Maya McGuire
Melodie Spencer

Alto

Reina Dickey
Reed Demangone
Kate Gardin
Natasha Naik
Jaime Sharp
Nia Spaulding

Tenor

Matt Coffey
Andrew Cunningham
Corbin DeSpain
Jarrett Hazelton
Aaron McKone
Greg Miller
Shane Thomas, Jr.

Bass

Matt Lee
Jay Mobley
Andrew Nash
Erik Nordstrom
Nathan Schludecker
Joseph Taff
Emilio Vasquez

Instrumentalists and Soloists

“I Am Walking” from Death Speaks

Tanya Harris, soprano
Shane Thomas, Jr., tenor
Melodie Spencer, violin
Jay Mobley, guitar
Thomas Heidenreich, piano

Ohimè, dov’è il mio ben (from Book VII Madrigals)

Melodie Spencer, soprano
Reed Demangone, countertenor
Christopher Wilke, theorbo

Komm, Jesu, komm

Christopher Wilke, baroque guitar
Thomas Heidenreich, organ
Joshua Bermudez, cello
Zachary Reich, bass

One Voice

Tori Adams, soprano
Maya McGuire, soprano
Kate Gardin, mezzo-soprano
Matt Coffey and Joseph Taff, guitar

Ubi Caritas

Shane Thomas, Jr., conductor
Joe Miller, piano


Stage Management

Meghan Emanuel, primary stage manager
Morgan Piper, assistant stage manager

Lighting Design

Emily Rooks

Additional Theatre Design and Production Support

Sharon Huizinga, Lighting Design and Technology Faculty Member
Michele Kay, Theatre Design and Production Chair

Piano Technicians

Rebekah Whitacre
Eric Wolfley

Video Production

MasseyGreenAVP, llc
Director – Matt Green
Producer/Editor – Austin Maynard

Camera Operators

John Tapogna
Glenn Hartong
Stacy Doose

Audio Engineers

Simón Sotelo
Joel Crawford (on Thomas Morley’s Nolo mortem peccatoris and Robert White’s Domine Quis Habitabit III)

Senior Director of Performance Operations

Rayburn Dobson

CCMONSTAGE Online Series Concept Developed and Managed by

Curt Whitacre

CCM Digital Content Team

Kenneth D. Allen
Clarence M. Brown
Kevin Burke
Rebecca Butts
Rayburn Dobson
Mikki Graff
Melissa Neeley-Nicolini
Simón Sotelo
Curt Whitacre

About the Series

CCMONSTAGE Online is a series of free digital concerts and performing arts presentations showcasing the unparalleled artistry and expertise of CCM’s students, faculty and staff. Enjoy a sneak peek at a few of our upcoming episodes:

The series has recently been featured by Broadway WorldCincinnati Business CourierCincinnati CityBeatCincinnati EnquirerCincinnati MagazineCincinnati Public RadioLocal 12 WKRC-TVMovers and MakersMusical America and The Violin Channel.

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