CCM’s Faculty Artist Series Resumes on Jan. 12 With Free Performances By World-Class Musicians

CCM’s esteemed faculty artists take center stage during eight diverse performances this spring! Running from January 12 through February 19, these programs highlight music from multiple genres, including classical, jazz, musical theatre and more!

The Spring 2016 Faculty Artist Series commences on Tuesday, Jan. 12, with a performance of Johannes Brahms’ works for cello and piano by Alan Rafferty and Sandra Rivers, coinciding with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s two-year Brahms Fest. The series concludes on Friday, Feb. 19, with a performance by the famed Percussion Group Cincinnati, which is comprised of CCM faculty members Allen Otte, Russell Burge and James Culley.

Each concert in CCM’s Faculty Artist Series series is free and open to the general public, offering audiences the chance to hear recitals by world-class artists in CCM’s stunning performance halls.

Please refer to the listings below for a complete schedule and additional performance information.



8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12
Alan Rafferty, cello
Sandra Rivers, piano

CCM piano faculty member Sandra Rivers joins Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra cellist and fellow faculty member Alan Rafferty to kick off the CSO’s two-year Brahms Fest. Johannes Brahms was composing music at the same time Cincinnati was being settled. This performance of the composer’s rich works for cello and piano sets the stage for the city-wide festival honoring the German roots of Cincinnati, and connecting Brahms’ music to the romance and intrigue of the architectural treasures of our city.  
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall


4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17
Patricia Linhart, soprano
Julie Spangler, piano
Luke Dumm, cello
Assisted by Musical Theatre seniors Hannah Kornfeld and Samantha Pollino

You’ve come to expect the unexpected from Pat and Julie. This year is no different! Join us for an afternoon of great fun and music from across the musical spectrum…and – of course – party favors!
Patricia Corbett Theater


8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25
Nathan Nabb, saxophone
Chialing Hsieh, piano

FRANCK/arr. FOURMEAU: Violin Sonata in A Major
ALBRIGHT: Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall

8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8
Piotr Milewski, violin
Donna Loewy, piano

J. S. BACH: Adagio and Fugue in G Minor” (from Sonata No. 1, BWV 1001)
TCHAIKOVSKY: Meditation, Op. 42, No. 1
BRAHMS/JOACHIM: Hungarian Dance, WoO 1, No. 6
YSAŸE: Sonata, Op. 27, No. 6
WIENIAWSKI: Legende, Op. 17
PAGANINI: I Palpiti, Op. 13
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall


4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14
Daniel Weeks, tenor
Donna Loewy, piano

DALBY: Excerpts from A Muse of Love
HOEKMAN: For the Most Improbable She
PREVIN: Is it for now?
BRAHMS: Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 57
CAPLET: Trois Poèmes de G. Jean-Aubry
ROYEN: Farewell Love
FAITH: If I were
HENNESSEY: I’ll Love You
GENDEL: Variation on a Lennon and McCartney Song
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall


8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15
Kurt Sassmannshaus, violin
Rohan DeSilva, piano
Featuring Gyuhyun Han, violin; Boyun Li, viola; and Christoph Sassmannshaus, cello

BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3
DEBUSSY: Sonata in G Minor, L 140
DVOŘÁK: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall


7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16

CCM’s world-famous jazz faculty artists show off their skills with a set of cool charts and blazing solos!
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall


8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19

CCM faculty artists Allen Otte, Russell Burge and James Culley present an exciting concert featuring their own arrangement of Stockhausen’s Twelve Signs of the Zodiac as well as CCM alum Mark Saya’s new piece From the Book of Imaginary Beings.
Patricia Corbett Theater


Event Information
All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit


CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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Kevin McCollum talks to CCM musical theatre students at a master class.

Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer Kevin McCollum Joins CCM’s Faculty as Distinguished Visiting Professor

Peter Landgren, dean and Thomas James Kelly professor of music at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), has appointed leading Broadway producer Kevin McCollum to the position of Distinguished Visiting Professor. McCollum’s initial appointment will be for three years and will become effective in August of 2015.

Alumnus and Distinguished Visiting Professor Kevin McCollum.

Alumnus and Distinguished Visiting Professor Kevin McCollum.

A distinguished alumnus of the University of Cincinnati, McCollum (BFA Musical Theatre, 1984; HonDoc, 2005) is the Tony Award-winning producer of RentAvenue QIn the HeightsMotown the Musical and many other acclaimed Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions. Earlier this spring, McCollum received two more Tony nominations for his current productions of Something Rotten! (Best Musical) and Hand to God (Best Play). He also received 12 Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, and nine Drama Desk nominations, including Outstanding Musical.

As a Distinguished Visiting Professor at CCM, McCollum’s influence on the college’s students and programs will be broad, focusing his work on musical theatre, although his entrepreneurial expertise will also be applied to aspects of auditioning, career development, arts administration and more.

Through this new appointment, McCollum will also work with faculty and administrators to develop a new musical theatre incubator program at CCM. A collaborative venture between CCM and Alchemation, McCollum’s Broadway producing office, this incubator will be designed to support the creation of new musical theatre works, utilizing McCollum’s entrepreneurial expertise and CCM’s abundance of talent.

“We are very excited to bring Kevin back to CCM as a member of our faculty,” says Dean Landgren. “Kevin is arguably the most accomplished and successful producer working in theatre today. Given his diverse background and his proven expertise in the business of the performing arts, his presence on our faculty will enhance the already world-class training that our students receive.”

“CCM was an essential part of my professional training and I am thrilled to return to such a top-notch institution,” says McCollum. “There are many things that attracted me to this position on CCM’s faculty; Peter Landgren’s bold leadership and openness to collaboration, the level of excellence found in the faculty, the highly accomplished young artists and the state-of-the-art facilities of my Alma Mater. I am proud to be counted amongst the internationally renowned faculty of this great institution. CCM has a longstanding commitment to presenting new works, and I am equally proud to help develop a program that will usher in the next generation of musical theatre artists.”

Speaking of the significance of an incubator program for musical theatre, Landgren explains, “Keeping with the University of Cincinnati’s proud tradition of cooperative education and experiential learning, this collaboration with Kevin and Alchemation will present our students with extraordinary opportunities to hone their craft while working to develop future theatre classics. Developing Broadway’s blockbusters-of-tomorrow with CCM’s stars-of-tomorrow is a win-win.”

Kevin McCollum (center) with CCM Musical Theatre's Class of 2015 after his seminar at Pearl Studios in New York.

Kevin McCollum (center) with CCM Musical Theatre’s Class of 2015 after his seminar at Pearl Studios in New York.

About Kevin McCollum
With a career spanning 25 years in the theatre industry, Kevin McCollum remains one of the most prolific and successful producers on Broadway today. He has received the Tony Award for Best Musical for In the Heights (2008), Avenue Q (2004) and Rent (1996), which also won the Pulitzer Prize. He produced Motown the Musical (Broadway and National Tour), The Drowsy Chaperone in 2006, which won five Tony Awards, Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme in 2002, [title of show] in 2008, the touring and Broadway productions of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the off-Broadway hit De La Guarda, the recent hit revival of West Side Story and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.

In 1995 McCollum co-founded the Producing Office, and has since created Alchemation, a theatrical and media producing company committed to new work. In addition to his training at CCM, McCollum earned his Master’s degree in film producing from the Peter Stark Program at the University of Southern California.

In 1995, McCollum received the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Commercial Theatre Producing. In 2005, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. He is represented on Broadway this spring with the original musical Something Rotten! and the New American Play Hand to God. His wife is actress and fellow UC graduate Lynnette Perry McCollum (BFA Musical Theatre, 1985).

About Alchemation
Founded in 2012, Alchemation is a theatre and media company under McCollum’s leadership. Productions under the Alchemation banner include Motown the Musical, Something Rotten!Hand to God and the third season of theatrical web-series Submissions Only. In the summer of 2013, McCollum entered a joint venture with 20th Century Fox to develop titles from the Fox catalogue into stage properties.

About CCM
Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts. Declared “one of the nation’s leading conservatories” by the New York Times, CCM provides life-changing experiences within a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment.

CCM’s educational roots date back to 1867, and a solid, visionary instruction has been at our core since that time. The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world’s stage.

CCM’s faculty and staff and its state-of-the-art facilities make possible the professional training and exceptional education on which CCM believes the future of the arts relies. The school’s roster of eminent faculty regularly receives distinguished honors for creative and scholarly work, and its alumni have achieved notable success in the performing and media arts.

More than 150 internationally recognized faculty members work with students from around the world, specializing in the areas of Composition, Musicology and Theory; Electronic Media; Ensembles and Conducting; Keyboard Studies; Music Education; Performance Studies and Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration.

The largest single source of performing arts events in the state of Ohio, CCM presents nearly 1000 major public performances each year, ranging from faculty and guest artist concerts to fully supported opera, musical theatre, drama and dance productions.

For more information about the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, please visit us online at

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CCM alumnus Michael Shults.

CCM Alumnus Michael Shults Joins the Faculty of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

CCM alumnus Michael Shults.

CCM alumnus Michael Shults.

We are happy to report that CCM alumnus Michael Shults (MM Jazz Studies, 2012) recently accepted a tenure track position as assistant professor of saxophone at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He teaches applied jazz and classical saxophone, coaches saxophone quartets and jazz combos, and teaches jazz improvisation.

Shults served as a graduate assistant in the Department of Jazz Studies during his time at CCM, teaching improvisation and coaching combos and big bands. He studied saxophone with James Bunte and Rick VanMatre, improvisation with Phil DeGreg and composition with Kim Pensyl.

Shults has been praised for his “strong, imaginative” improvisations (Downbeat Magazine) and “fresh and intelligent musical ideas” (The Pitch). As a jazz saxophonist, he was a finalist in the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Artist Competition, and was the winner of the Graduate College Soloist category in the 2012 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards Issue. He was a featured soloist on Bobby Watson’s 2010 release The Gates BBQ Suite which reached as high as #4 on the Jazzweek National Radio Airplay Charts. Also adept as a concert saxophonist, Shults has been praised for his “jaw-dropping” and “authoritative” technique (Bill Brownlee of the Kansas City Star) and has performed by invitation at the North American Saxophone Alliance biennial conference and the University of Iowa Festival for New Music.

He is currently a DMA candidate at the the University of Missouri-Kansas City under the tutelage of Zach Shemon of the PRISM Quartet. Before coming to CCM for his graduate studies, Shults earned dual BM degrees in Saxophone Performance and Jazz and Studio Music from the UMKC where he studied with noted saxophonists Bobby Watson, Tim Timmons and Dan Thomas.

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CCM Welcomes Accomplished Saxophonist and Composer Craig Bailey to Jazz Faculty

After serving as Ray Charles' lead alto saxophonist for nearly 20 years, Bailey returns to his native Cincinnati as an assistant professor of jazz studies at CCM. Photo by Charlene Diehl.

After serving as Ray Charles’ lead alto saxophonist for nearly 20 years, Bailey returns to his native Cincinnati as an assistant professor of jazz studies at CCM. Photo by Charlene Diehl.

Peter Landgren, Dean of CCM, has announced the appointment of saxophonist and composer Craig Bailey to the faculty of CCM’s Department of Jazz Studies.

Bailey joins CCM as Assistant Professor of Music in Jazz Saxophone beginning in August of 2014. Alongside his teaching responsibilities, Bailey will serve as music director and conductor of CCM’s acclaimed Jazz Lab Band.

Bailey’s interest in music began at the age of 8 when he learned how to play the recorder with a small group of classmates. Following that, he became a part of the All City Boys Choir in his hometown of Cincinnati. He enrolled in the beginning band program in junior high and took up the clarinet, saxophone and flute, perfecting his skills in playing all three instruments in high school and college.

Bailey earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami, then headed to New York City in 1985. As a young artist in New York, he worked with drummer Charli Persip’s Superband. During this time, Bailey made many musical contacts and heard some of the jazz world’s finest veterans and young lions.

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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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CCM Alumnus Appointed to Composition Faculty at Capital Normal University in Beijing

CCM alumnus Gao Ping.

CCM alumnus Gao Ping.

Congratulations to CCM alumnus Gao Ping (DMA ’03), who was recently named professor of composition at the Capital Normal University in Beijing! A native of China, Gao also teaches as a guest professor at the China Conservatory of Music.

During his time at CCM, Gao studied piano and composition with James Tocco and Joel Hoffman, respectively.

In addition to his latest academic appointment, Gao also recently toured to Russia and Israel, where his new work “The Four Not-Alike” was premiered with the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra of Beijing. This same program will be taken on tour to Spain next month.

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In Memoriam: CCM Choral Studies Founder Elmer Thomas

Professor Emeritus Elmer Thomas

Professor Emeritus Elmer Thomas

The Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Janelle Gelfand has penned a moving remembrance of Elmer Robert Thomas, professor emeritus and founder of the department of Choral Studies at CCM. You can view her story here.

Professor Thomas died of respiratory failure on June 13 at University Hospital. He was 81.

“He often spoke of the joy of living his life surrounded by the great music of great composers, and he frequently reminded his students that in their careers they would always find joy, and solace, as needed, in great musical works,” said Earl Rivers, CCM director of choral studies. “Elmer remained my mentor throughout our relationship. He was the first person whose insight and opinions I sought when studying, preparing, and executing masterworks for chorus and chorus and orchestra.”

We would like to express our sincerest condolences to all of the members of the Thomas family.

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CCM’s Joel Hoffman Selected for Copland House Residency

CCM Professor of Composition Joel Hoffman

CCM Professor of Composition Joel Hoffman

CCM Professor of Composition Joel Hoffman was one of ten composers selected for a coveted, all-expenses-paid residency at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark house in New York’s lower Hudson Valley. Copland House Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin announced the winners of the 2011-12 Aaron Copland Awards, chosen from 90 applicants in 23 states. This year’s eminent jury consisted of composers Steven Stucky and Robert Beaser and violinist Curtis Macomber.

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CCM Visiting Professor of Scenic Design Shares Her Holiday Favorites

Tamara Honesty

CCM's Tamara Honesty, photographed in the CCM Scene Shop. Photography by Ashley Kempher.

‘Tis the season for TV holiday programming – movies that can make us laugh and weep. There are the classics that take us back to our childhood as well as the comedies that put the “fun” in dysfunctional families.

Tamara Honesty, a visiting professor of scenic design at CCM, reveals some of her personal favorites that she’s looking forward to seeing during the month of December:

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