CCM Music Education students perform in the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris during a study abroad trip.

Summer Memories: Music Education Students Study Abroad in Europe

As part of the first music education study abroad trip, a group of 20 adventurous CCM students traveled to Europe to study in the countries where Western art music was born last summer.

Associate Professor of Music Education Eva Floyd hopes to organize a second study abroad trip in spring 2018. The first trip led the students to Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg and Paris on the 12-day adventure to deepen their appreciation and understanding of music. Students participated in master classes, performed in historic venues, attended concerts and visited cities in which some of classical music’s greatest composers lived and worked.

“When you see the places where Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven were born, lived or worked, it makes the music seem more human,” Floyd said, adding that half of the students had previously never travelled internationally.

Supported by grants from UC International and the Tangeman Sacred Music Center, this was the first study abroad trip for a CCM music education class, according to Floyd.

Traveling to the cities in which these great composers created masterpieces gave new life to their art and added personal dimension to music beyond what can be taught in a classroom.

Similar to learning a foreign language, music literacy is strengthened through studies as well as experience. The act of engaging with a culture first hand is a crucial step towards fluency. Likewise, studying and experiencing music in the countries of its origin encourages a broader understanding of music and music education.

Program participant Taylor Limbert, a junior in vocal music education, reflected on his experience with the program:

“Actually talking with and learning from and performing for people from other cultures was so enriching and I’m so glad I had that opportunity. I had been to Europe before last summer’s trip but this trip was by far the most important in my personal journey as an educator and a person.”

Students in front of Esterhazy Palace in Austria, home one of Haydn’s most important patrons.

Students in front of Esterhazy Palace in Austria, home one of Haydn’s most important patrons.

Students observed music classes of a variety of grades and levels and participated in workshops at the Kodaly Institute in Hungary and the Orff Institute in Salzburg. They had previously studied the famous “Kodaly approach” to music education“seeing it in person made them realize the full potential of music education,” Floyd said.

As part of the program students were able to walk in the figurative footsteps of classical giants. They visited Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria — home to one of Haydn’s most important patrons. Students also toured Liszt’s and Kodaly’s residences in Budapest, Beethoven’s and Haydn’s residences in Vienna and Mozart’s birth home and family residence in Salzburg. Participants also heard concerts while traveling through these historic cities, including the famous Vienna Boys Choir.

Not only did the students visit cultural landmarks, they also had the opportunity to perform in some of the most historically significant and recognizable venues such as the Kodaly Institute in Hungary, St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Mondsee Cathedral outside Salzburg and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

“It is a privilege to see and walk through historic cathedrals,” Floyd said. “To make music in such a space allows you to take a piece of it home in your heart.”

Floyd prepared the group’s choral repertoire and organized a choral conducting master class with Peter Erdei, professor at the Liszt Academy and Kodaly Institute, for both CCM and Kodaly Institute students.

“The interchange between students from all corners of the globe was very exciting and proved to be a rich experience for all,” said Floyd, who studied in Hungary for two years before joining CCM faculty.

“The experience is so much more than just learning content and traveling. It helps you learn about yourself. It is very beneficial to get out of your comfort zone, and to be an outsider with language and culture. This helps you empathize with others and find confidence within yourself.”

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Story by CCM graduate student Charlotte Kies

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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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Powerful ‘Carmina Burana’ Challenges CCM’s Concert Orchestra and Choirs

The CCM Chorale.

The CCM Chorale.

CCM’s Concert Orchestra, Chorale, UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, and Cincinnati Children’s Choir are pooling their resources for a performance of Carl Orff’s recognizable, rhythmic and authoritarian magnum opus Carmina Burana. Paired with choral works by Gerald Finzi and Ralph Vaughan Williams, this special concert event will be presented twice: at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, in Corbett Auditorium on the University of Cincinnati campus.

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CCM Announces Full Schedule of 2011-12 Mainstage Events

CCM's 2011-12 Season Brochure

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s schedule of major performances for 2011-12 is now available! This year’s season includes over 40 major events, ranging from fully staged operas and musicals to Afro-Cuban jazz concerts and holiday-themed choral extravaganzas.

You can download a digital copy of this year’s brochure here or view the brochure online via Issuu.com. Physical copies are also available at the CCM Box Office.

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