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CCM E-Media professor and student help UC Emeriti Center launch new website

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The University of Cincinnati Emeriti Association and Center, headed by College-Conservatory of Music E-Media Professor Peter DePietro, unveiled a new website in April that showcases the work of recent graduate Jonathan Kilberg (BFA E-Media, ’20). As the center’s multimedia intern, Kilberg’s work included web design/development, user experience design, videography and audio production — a grouping of disciplines that are unique to CCM’s E-Media program.

Assistant Professor of E-Media Peter DePietro.

Peter DePietro.

DePietro is the first non-interim executive director of the Emeriti Center, which advocates for the interests of emeriti, provides intellectual and social opportunities and strengthens ties between emeriti and the university, local, national and international communities. The new website includes videos from the Center’s YouTube channel as well as helpful resources for the university’s retired faculty members.

Since having a major role in the Center, DePietro has worked on creating connections between UC and community leaders as well as connecting deans from different colleges across campus. He is also focused on growth and expanding membership. At CCM he continues to educate his students through experience-based learning, which is why he recruited a student to help build the Center’s new website. DePietro enlisted the help of Kilberg because he believes that engaging students in practical learning is important.

“It was an amazing opportunity to be able to work for the Center,” Kilberg says. “I jumped at the opportunity. Every single member is supportive and kind and sociable. It was amazing to meet all these people from campus life and beyond campus life.”

Creating the UC Emeriti website was no small feat. The task required both Kilberg and DePietro to take classes and tests in order to train on the university’s web content management system and to meet the standards of UC’s Digital Communications office. In addition to the website, Kilberg and DePietro created a YouTube channel with original video content. The crown jewel of the YouTube channel is the EmeriTALKS series which Kilberg noted as one of the best parts of working on this project. The EmeriTALKS videos include a joint-venture between the Center and CCM, featuring the leadership of Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park, and another featuring former UC President Nancy Zimpher.

As an E-Media student at CCM, Kilberg has enjoyed multiple opportunities to participate in hands on learning experiences. In October 2019, Kilberg traveled to Germany and Poland with CCM E-Media Professor Hagit Limor’s multi-disciplinary Media Topics class. The group of 15 students set out to create “Hope After Hate,” an immersive play and virtual reality experience that shares Limor’s father’s experience during the Holocaust with lessons to inspire action against future acts of hatred.

CCM’s BFA E-Media program encompasses the integrated media arts of film and digital cinema, television and broadcast media news, audio production and new media design. Students are given the opportunity to study in the track of their choosing, including Broadcast and Media Production, Multimedia Production and Film and Television Production. Internships are a key part of the curriculum and take advantage of the professional resources in Cincinnati and other areas across the country. With its emphasis on experiential learning, students acquire the hands-on skills and a digital portfolio necessary to transition successfully into the professional world.

Kilberg plans on going into the film industry and feels that one of the biggest skills E-Media has taught him is how to effectively work with a team. “E-Media pushed me to work with other people, which is so necessary in the field that I want to go in. The program taught me the importance of working as a team.”

“The professors are talented and they work hard at creating community,” Kilberg says. “They also offer great resources and there is support from the alumni of E-Media. Going forward they are going to continue to do an amazing job preparing students.”


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E-Media Professor’s Technology Article Wins International Award for Excellence

Assistant Professor of E-Media Peter DePietro.

Assistant Professor of E-Media Peter DePietro.

Technology is changing the social fabric of cities in Central Europe and pushing them into a new cultural renaissance, according to University of Cincinnati Electronic Media Professor Peter DePietro. His research into this renaissance was praised by the Technology, Knowledge & Society Research Network, which recently awarded DePietro an International Award for Excellence for Volume 12 of The Technology Collection for his article “Tech in Europe: Cultural Reboot.”

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society offers the annual award for newly published research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of the Technology, Knowledge & Society Research Network. DePietro’s winning article was selected from the ten highest-ranked articles that emerged from the peer preview process. Published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Technologies in Society, DePietro’s research compares Europe’s “cultural reboot” of today to the existential movements of the past.

“German existentialist Friedrich Nietzsche advocated for cultural rebirth in Europe,” DePietro wrote. “Europe is experiencing such a rebirth with digital media: creating artistic and social cultures that are wildly interesting and progressive and have technology integrated in them.”

His article argues that Vienna is a “hotbed” of innovative applications of digital media in art. Vienna is creating a new kind of “digital modernism” by creating things that are “different, weird and strange.” DePietro also states that Berlin is poised to become a leader in digital media in Europe by integrating it into art, commerce, education and lifestyle.

“Digital media is bringing together high society and bohemianism, in an effort to create a new economy,” DePietro wrote.

The professor has taught within the E-Media Division at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music since January 2009 and is the founding Director of Digital Innovation Lab: A New Media and Technology Incubator. He’s taught courses at UC that focus on social media, new media, interactive media, electronic game design and development, and digital storytelling and innovation.

“In my career as a scholar, tech artist, digital media leader and teacher, I have known innovation to be the all-important foundation of significant new work,” he said. “Innovation is authentic. Innovators are makers.”

DePietro is especially attuned to the effects of innovative digital media and interactive technologies on culture. He previously served as the founding Director of Digital and New Media for the Clinton Foundation in New York and the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. DePietro analyzed new technologies and implemented those that best communicated former President Bill Clinton’s post-Washington message, and led a team in the design and development of new media platforms to support Clinton’s initiatives, among other responsibilities. His team’s work won an international award.

DePietro is also the author of the book Transforming Education with New Media, published by Peter Lang International Publishers. He is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, and his research on new media and emerging technologies has been published internationally in academic journals, as well as the mainstream press.

For more information on DePietro’s research, visit www.depietro.com.

About the Technology Collection:
The Technology Collection has an acceptance rate of 58 percent and a circulation of over 64,000. This collection explores innovative theories and practices relating technology to society. The collection is cross-disciplinary in its scope, offering a meeting point for technologists with a concern for the social and social scientists with a concern for the technological. The focus is primarily, but not exclusively, on information and communications technologies. Established in 2005 and currently publishing its 13th volume, The Technology Collection is indexed by EBSCO, the Australian Research Council, the China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Cabell’s, Genamics Journal Seek and Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory. This collection offers both personal and institutional subscriptions and is published electronically and in print. For more information, please visit www.cgnetworks.org/journals/slr.

About Common Ground Research Networks:

The Technology Collection contains four among the 70 scholarly journals published by Common Ground Research Networks. Common Ground, which was founded in 1984, seeks to take the pivotal ideas and challenges at play within established disciplines and create spaces for interaction that cut horizontally across legacy knowledge structures. As a result, in addition to providing a space for publication within its catalog of journals and their associated book imprints, Common Ground encourages researchers and practitioners to meet at the annual academic conferences that it organizes around the world and then connect and share their work virtually using Scholar, Common Ground’s innovative social knowledge software. For more information, please visit www.cgnetworks.org.

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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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CityBeat Spotlights CCM’s ‘The Rake’s Progress’ as ‘One Hell of a Collaboration’

Anne Arenstein takes a detailed look at the collaborative efforts that went into CCM’s production of The Rake’s Progress in this week’s issue of CityBeat (on newsstands now and available digitally here).

The Rake’s Progress runs at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10 and Saturday, May 12, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance scheduled for Sunday, May 13.

Learn more about the opera here.

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CCM Opera, Theatre Design & Production and Electronic Media Collaborate on ‘The Rake’s Progress’

'The Rake's Progress' depicts the corruption and downfall of spendthrift Tom Rakewell, portrayed in this double-cast production by Dashiell Waterbury (pictured) and Daniel Ross. Photography by Mark Lyons.

‘The Rake’s Progress’ depicts the corruption and downfall of spendthrift Tom Rakewell, portrayed in this double-cast production by Dashiell Waterbury (pictured) and Daniel Ross. Photography by Mark Lyons.

“For idle hearts and hands and minds, the Devil finds a work to do.” The CCM Opera department discovers just how true that adage is in their rendition of Stravinsky’s comedic opera The Rake’s Progress. Unique to this production is a first-time collaboration between CCM’s Departments of Opera and Theatre Design & Production with the Division of Electronic Media, providing an updated technological aspect. Mark Gibson conducts with stage direction by Robin Guarino. This outrageous tale of love, lust, greed and the repercussions of a life of sin plays May 10, 12 and 13 in Corbett Auditorium on the University of Cincinnati campus.

The subject matter of The Rake’s Progress is adult in nature and the production of the opera is intended for mature audiences. This production also makes use of haze, smoke and strobe lighting effects.

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