In Memoriam: Emeritus Faculty Member Ronald de Kant

We are saddened to share news of the passing of Ronald Zecher de Kant, Emeritus Professor of Clarinet at CCM. Born in Lancaster, PA, on Oct. 30, 1931, de Kant passed away in Cincinnati on June 22, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Mitchell of Cincinnati, daughter Monique (Niki) of Vancouver, BC, and cousin Barrie Zecher (wife Leoma) of Lititz, PA.

CCM Professor Emeritus Ronald de Kant.

CCM Professor Emeritus Ronald de Kant.

De Kant was professor of clarinet at CCM from 1987 until his retirement in 2004. During his tenure at CCM, he also served as chair of woodwinds and brass from 1989-2004. Many of his former students have held positions in major Canadian and US orchestras and military bands.

De Kant received the Artist Diploma from Juilliard in 1953, where he studied with Daniel Bonade. Following Juilliard, during his military service, he taught for two years at the U.S. Naval School of Music in Washington, DC. He then performed as principal clarinet for a year in Toronto with Canada’s National Ballet Orchestra. He was principal clarinet with the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra from 1956-65, then principal clarinet of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra from 1965-80. He was also principal clarinet of the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra 1967-83 and performed with the Santa Fe Opera 1970-72. An active chamber musician, at various times he was a member of the New Orleans Woodwind Quintet, the Vancouver Woodwind Quintet, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, and the Cassenti Players. He was a soloist with both the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra. Recordings as clarinet soloist include the Mozart Quintet with the Purcell String Quartet and the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra.

In addition to his time as a CCM faculty member, De Kant taught at the university level concurrently with his orchestral appointments in both New Orleans and Vancouver. He also taught part-time at the University of British Columbia from 1965-80, then full-time until 1983. From 1977-84 he coached woodwinds at the Banff Centre for the Arts, where he premiered the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Oscar Morawetz. He was professor of clarinet at Arizona State University 1983-87. He taught clarinet at Louisiana State University during the 2004-05 academic year.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Professor de Kant’s family and friends during this time. You can share your memories of Ronald de Kant online at www.neidhardyoungfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Ronald-De-KantMemorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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CCM Alumnus Craig Kier Named Director of Maryland Opera Studio

CCM alumnus Craig Kier. Photography by Cory Weaver.

CCM alumnus Craig Kier. Photography by Cory Weaver.

We are thrilled to report that CCM alumnus Craig Kier (MM, 2001) has been appointed Director of the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland School of Music. The former Associate Conductor and Assistant Chorus Master with the Houston Grand Opera, Kier will join the UMD School of Music faculty this fall.

“We are delighted that Craig Kier will be joining our faculty as Director of the Maryland Opera Studio,” says UMD School of Music Director Robert Gibson. “His professional work as conductor, coach, accompanist and administrator in the opera world provides an ideal combination of skills and experience for the leadership of our program. Craig’s vision for the future of the MOS is strongly aligned with the teaching philosophy and values of the program that have made The Maryland Opera Studio one of the most respected programs in the nation for training young singers who wish to enter the professional opera world in the US and abroad.”

You can view the UMD School of Music’s official announcement online here.

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CCM Alumnus David Daniels Featured on NPR’s Morning Edition

Countertenor David Daniels (right) and dancer Reed Luplau in the Santa Fe Opera's world-premiere production of Oscar, based on the life of Oscar Wilde.

Countertenor David Daniels (right) and dancer Reed Luplau in the Santa Fe Opera’s world-premiere production of Oscar, based on the life of Oscar Wilde.

Acclaimed countertenor and CCM alumnus David Daniels (BM, 1990) was the topic of discussion on NPR’s Morning Edition today, as Renée Montagne and Miles Hoffman previewed Theodore Morrison’s new opera Oscar, which premieres Saturday at the Santa Fe Opera with Daniels in the title role. Based on the life of Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde, Morrison wrote Oscar specifically for Daniels.

You can listen to the entire broadcast here.

A 2012 Opera News Awards recipient, Daniels returned to CCM last September for a master class. He sang the title role in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Giulio Cesare earlier this year.

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CCM’s Arts Administration Students Gain Experience With Prestigious Arts Organizations

Class of 2012 Front row L to R: Jenifer Thomas, Kristi Russell, LeAnne Anklan, Anna Backer, Zack Germain, Helene Herbert. Back row: Tyler Roe, Stephanie Saunders, Tony Zancanella, Taj Seyal, David Walker, Jason Hurwitz.

CCM’s Arts Administration students are posed each year with the challenge of finding an internship for the summer as part of their graduate degree. Based on the wealth of knowledge these students have gained in their studies, the students of the Class of 2012 have earned summer spots with the leading arts organizations in their fields of interest. Each student’s strong basis of understanding, stemming from dual-degree coursework in UC’s College of Business and CCM Arts Administration, assisted in earning these highly competitive internships.

The program has consistently prepared its students for real world experience, as is represented by the 100% job placement of last year’s graduating class! Throughout the country (and abroad!) this summer, CCM will be well represented by the Arts Administration students.

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