Watch CCM piano majors perform in 3-part ‘COVID Etude Project’

CCM presents three concert streams featuring piano students performing in Robert J. Werner Recital Hall and in other performance spaces throughout the world!

Presented in conjunction with the CCMONSTAGE Online series of concert streams, the COVID Etude Project showcases three complete sets of etudes by composers Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy and William Bolcom, performed by CCM students and streamed online nightly from Friday, March 26 through Sunday, March 28. Each concert will stream simultaneously on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

“The COVID Etude Project is a joint-studio project of mine and Professor Ran Dank,” says CCM Associate Professor of Piano Soyeon Kate Lee. “It was conceived to keep our students motivated and create a sense of purpose and community during this unprecedented time.”

“Many of our students are overseas, some whom we have never met in-person, and we have tried to make the most of our time on Zoom together and build a studio community despite the circumstances.”

As explained by arts writer Janelle Gelfand in her preview of CCM’s COVID Etude Project for the Cincinnati Business Courier: “Etudes are difficult studies for mastering a technical challenge, such as runs, leaps, octaves or arpeggios. They are also engaging musical works. Composers such as Chopin, Debussy, Liszt and Rachmaninoff wrote etudes meant for the concert hall.”

The first concert stream at 7:30 p.m. EDT on March 26 features Liszt’s Transcendental Études, a 12-part piece published in 1852. The episode is roughly one hour long.

The second stream at 7:30 p.m. EDT on March 27 showcases Debussy’s Twelve Études, composed in 1915 and regarded as one of the more challenging works in the piano repertoire. The episode is approximately 50 minutes long.

The final stream at 7:30 p.m. EDT on March 28 shares Bolcom’s Twelve New Etudes written between 1977 and 1986. The episode is 45 minutes long.

After each premiere broadcast, all three installments of the COVID Etude Project will remain available for on-demand viewing on CCM’s websiteYouTube channel and Facebook page.

Students recorded one etude each wherever they were — some students performed in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, while others gave their performances at home or in piano showrooms near their residences.

“Seeing our students take up this challenge with so much energy, professionalism and positive spirit is so gratifying to see, and definitely has been one of the highlights for me at CCM,” said Lee.

CCM’s COVID Etude Project is produced by Joel Crawford Recording and is made possible by generous support from Louis and Susan Meisel.

Learn more about CCM’s upcoming video releases courtesy of Janelle Gelfand and the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Streaming Premiere

  • Liszt’s Transcendental Études: 7:30 p.m. EDT Friday, March 26, 2021
  • Debussy’s Twelve Études: 7:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • Bolcom’s Twelve New Etudes: 7:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, March 28, 2021

Performance Details

Liszt’s Transcendental Études Performers and Repertoire

  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 1, “Preludio”
    • Performed by Robert Brooks Carlson, Master of Music student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 2, “Fusées”
    • Performed by Robert Brooks Carlson, Master of Music student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 3, “Paysage”
    • Performed by Sooyeon Baik, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 4, “Mazeppa”
    • Performed by Lywon Yeo, Artist Diploma student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 5, “Feux Follets”
    • Performed by Wen Pan, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 6, “Vision”
    • Performed by Jiwon Son, Artist Diploma student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 7, “Eroica”
    • Performed by Mu-tien Lai, Master of Music student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 8, “Wilde Jagd”
    • Performed by Tianmi Wu, Master of Music student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 9, “Ricordanza”
    • Performed by Zhaoyi Long, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 10 in F Minor
    • Performed by Gwangwon Park, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 11, “Harmonies du soir”
    • Performed by Jeremy Ho, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Liszt: Transcendental Études, No. 12, “Chasse-neige”
    • Performed by Nicholas Ho, Doctor of Musical Arts student

Debussy’s Twelve Études Performers and Repertoire

  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 1, “Pour les cinq doigts” (d’après Monsieur Czerny)
    • Performed by Ye Qian, Bachelor of Music student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 2, “Pour les tierces”
    • Performed by Shaoming Yang, Master of Music student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 3, “Pour les quartes”
    • Performed by Chisato Fuji, Bachelor of Music student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 4, “Pour les sixtes”
    • Performed by Yiyue Su, Bachelor of Music student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 5, “Pour les octaves”
    • Performed by Anjun Zheng, Master of Music student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 6, “Pour les huit doigts”
    • Performed by Angela Pui-Yee Lau, Master of Music student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 7, “Pour les degrés chromatiques”
    • Performed by Dongqin Yu, Bachelor of Music student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 8, “Pour les agréments”
    • Performed by Yuyao Qu, Bachelor of Music student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 9, “Pour les notes répétées”
    • Performed by Helena Kim, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 10, “Pour les sonorités opposées”
    • Performed by Hyrum Arnesen, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 11, “Pour les arpèges composés”
    • Performed by Gavin Davis, Bachelor of Music student
  • Debussy: Twelve Études, No. 12, “Pour les accords”
    • Performed by Jiao Sun, Artist Diploma student

Bolcom’s Twelve New Etudes Performers and Repertoire

  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book I, No. 1, “Fast, furious”
    • Performed by Stuart Zhang, Master of Music student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book I, No. 2, “Récitatif”
    • Performed by Stuart Zhang, Master of Music student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book I, No. 3, “Mirrors”
    • Performed by Seran Lee, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book II, No. 4, “Scène d’opéra”
    • Performed by Catharine Baek, Bachelor of Music student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book II, No. 5, “Butterflies, hummingbirds”
    • Performed by Ming-Li Liu, Master of Music student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book II, No. 6, “Nocturne”
    • Performed by Joseph Vaz, Master of Music student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book III, No. 7, “Premonitions”
    • Performed by PyeongAn Kim, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book III, No. 8, “Rag infernal (Syncopes apocalyptiques)”
    • Performed by Yaoyue Huang, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book III, No. 9, “Invention”
    • Performed by Yu-Chia Kuo, Master of Music student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book IV, No. 10, “Vers le silence”
    • Performed by Ariadne Antipa, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book IV, No. 11, “Hi-jinks”
    • Performed by Vikki Chen, Doctor of Musical Arts student
  • Bolcom: Twelve New Études – Book IV, No. 12, “Hymne á l’amour”
    • Performed by Scott Sherman, Doctor of Musical Arts student

Creative Team

CCM COVID Etude Project Directors
Ran Dank, Assistant Professor of Piano
Soyeon Kate Lee, Associate Professor of Piano

COVID Etude Project Produced By
Joel Crawford Recording
http://www.joelcrawfordrecording.com

Keyboard Studies Division Head
Michelle Conda

Piano Technicians
Rebekah Whitacre
Eric Wolfley

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
Jeanne Rose
Simón Sotelo
Stephanie Temeles
Curt Whitacre


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In Memoriam: Emeritus Faculty Member Richard Morris

We are saddened to share news of the passing of CCM Professor Emeritus Richard Morris, a piano faculty member from 1976 to 2004 and former chair of the Piano Department. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, and two adult children Kevin and Kerry.

Professor Morris accepts a plaque signifying him as an "honorary alumnus of CCM" thanks to his work as faculty coordinator of the CCM Alumni Association.

Professor Morris accepts a plaque signifying him as an “honorary alumnus of CCM” thanks to his work as faculty coordinator of the CCM Alumni Association.

Morris earned his BM and MM from Indiana University and was a soloist with the university’s Philharmonic for three consecutive years. He studied with Walter Robert, Bruno Eisner and Sidney Foster.

Before coming to CCM in 1976, Morris taught at the University of Missouri-Columbia for 16 years, where he also served as head of the piano faculty. He was also a past president of the Music Teachers National Association. His former students hold faculty positions throughout the United States and Europe.

A featured clinician, adjudicator and master teacher, Morris performed extensively both as a chamber musician and with orchestras, acquiring a repertoire of 30 different concerti spanning from Bach to Norman Dello Joio.  As a genre recitalist, he performed the 24 Chopin Études and the 24 Debussy Préludes numerous times and was often asked to give workshops on either set.

Professor Morris was a beloved member of the CCM family for nearly three decades. In 1979, he was honored by the CCM Alumni Association for his instrumental work in regrouping that organization. To celebrate his life and legacy, the CCM Piano Department has planned a memorial concert and reception on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Professor Morris’ family and friends during this time.

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CCM Adds Naumburg Competition Winner Soyeon Kate Lee to Piano Faculty

CCM welcomes Assistant Professor of Music in Piano Soyeon Kate Lee to its faculty. Her appointment begins in August of 2014.

CCM welcomes Assistant Professor of Music in Piano Soyeon Kate Lee to its faculty. Her appointment begins in August of 2014.

Dean Peter Landgren today announced the appointment of pianist Soyeon Kate Lee to the faculty of CCM’s Department of Piano. First prize winner of the prestigious Naumburg International Piano Competition in 2010, Lee has been hailed by the New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style,” while the Washington Post has lauded her for her “stunning command of the keyboard.”

Lee joins CCM as Assistant Professor of Music in Piano beginning in August of 2014. Her appointment gives CCM the rare distinction of having two Naumburg Piano Competition winners on faculty (CCM Piano Department Chair Awadagin Pratt also took first prize in 1992).

Lee has been rapturously received as guest soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, symphony orchestras of Columbus, Bangor, Bozeman, Boca Raton, Wyoming, Bozeman, Cheyenne, Napa Valley, Scottsdale, Abilene, Naples, Santa Fe and Shreveport in the United States; the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), Ulsan Symphony Orchestra (South Korea), Orquesta de Valencia (Spain) and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Dominican Republic), including performances under the batons of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jahja Ling, Jorge Mester and Otto-Werner Mueller.

An active Naxos recording artist, her third CD featuring Liszt opera transcriptions was released earlier this year and she will return to the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto for a two-CD recording of Scriabin’s piano works in April.

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