Grammy Nominated Saxophone Player Tia Fuller Joins CCM Jazz in Concert on April 20

CCM Jazz performs with Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist Tia Fuller at 8 p.m. this Saturday, April 20, 2019 in Corbett Auditorium. The performance will feature an array of straight-ahead jazz including selections from Tia Fuller’s catalogue of jazz hits. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

A former member of Beyoncé’s all-female touring band, Tia Fuller’s illustrious career is full of highlights with icons both in and outside of the music industry. Fuller toured with Beyoncé from 2006-10 performing on her world tour and appearing on major television shows, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today Show, Good Morning America, BET Awards, American Music Awards, Total Request Live and the 2010 Grammy Awards. In addition, Fuller performed as a featured soloist with Beyoncé for President Barack Obama at the White House.

Fuller has a master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. The full-time Berklee College of Music professor has also recorded five studio albums with her jazz quartet. Fuller’s fifth and most recent album, Diamond Cut, was nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards this past February.

Fuller performs with the CCM Jazz Orchestra, Student Jazz Combos and Faculty Artists this Saturday, April 20, 2019 at CCM. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

Performance Time
8 p.m. Saturday, April 20

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to the CCM Jazz concert with Tia Fuller are $15 general, $10 non-UC students and FREE for UC students with a valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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 uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. 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.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM Jazz Studies Alumni Accept Faculty Positions in Tennessee and Texas

Two CCM alumni have accepted faculty positions at major universities; Michael Schults (MM Jazz Studies, 2012) is now an Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Memphis, and Thomas Zinninger (MM Jazz Studies, 2009; DMA Saxophone, 2013) is an Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz at Texas A&M University–Kingsville.

Michael Shults

Michael Shults

For the past four years, Schults has been an Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. During his time as a graduate student at CCM, he taught improvisation and coached jazz combos and bands. He studied with James Bunte, Rick VanMatre, Phil DeGreg and Kim Pensyl.

Shults 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 has performed by invitation as a featured soloist at the North American Saxophone Alliance biennial conference, the Jazz Education Network conference, the Wisconsin Music Educator’s Association conference and the Minnesota Music Educator’s Association conference.  He is a founding faculty member of the Kansas City Saxophone Workshop, along with Zach Shemon, alto saxophonist of the PRISM Quartet. Shults has also served on the faculty of the Eugene Rousseau Saxophone Workshop at Shell Lake Arts Center. He is currently the alto saxophone chair in the Coalescent Quartet.

Zinninger moves to Texas A&M-Kingsville from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he taught saxophone and led the jazz ensemble. He was both a graduate student and a faculty member while he was at CCM, where he taught courses in jazz improvisation and jazz appreciation.

His performance credits include the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Frank Simon Band, Chamber Winds of Louisville, Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, RL Big Band and the Don Krekel Orchestra. As a soloist, he premiered new arrangements for saxophone at the 16th World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland as well as the 2012, 2014 and 2017 North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences.

Congratulations to both of these CCM graduates for their success!

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Alumni Showcase Spotlight: Jazz Artist Janelle Reichman

CCM highlights alumni guest artists who will return to campus for the Sesquicentennial Alumni Showcase in a series of alumni spotlight stories.

Clarinetist and saxophonist Janelle Reichman (BM Jazz Saxophone, 2005) returns to CCM to perform Fats Waller’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Harry Warren’s There Will Never Be Another You at the Sesquicentennial Alumni Showcase on April 21!

Janelle Reichman.

Janelle Reichman.

Reichman has performed as a featured soloist all over the world with renowned ensembles such as Doc Severinsen and his Tonight Show Band, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra and many more. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Reichman received her BM from CCM where she studied with Rick VanMatre. She later attended the Manhattan School of Music, quickly after which she embarked upon an exciting and diverse musical career in New York City, where she remained for a decade. Her musical work in NYC ran the gamut from the New Orleans sounds of the Red Hook Ramblers, to the soulful grooves of the rhythm and blues band ON THE SUN, to the Broadway jazz musical After Midnight — and everything in between.

Reichman’s debut solo album, Middleground, has received rave reviews. In 2016 she was a featured clarinetist at Jazz at Lincoln Center for Moonglow: The Magic of Benny Goodman. In early 2018 she was welcomed back to Lincoln Center to perform as a guest clarinet soloist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis for the show Benny Goodman: The King of Swing, alongside respected clarinetists Anat Cohen and Ken Peplowski.

Now happily back in her hometown in Michigan since 2016, Reichman can be heard performing with groups such as accomplished pianist James Dapogny’s Easy Street Jazz Band, the high-energy klezmer band Klezmephonic and her own jazz quintet Janelle Reichman +4, for which she regularly composes new music and with which she frequently performs around Ann Arbor to sold-out audiences. When she’s not playing her clarinet or saxophone, Reichman is most likely designing and building websites for other musicians throughout the Midwest and NYC.

Learn more about the Sesquicentennial Alumni Showcase concert and view a complete list of guest artists at ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/save-the-date/sesquicentennial-alumni-showcase.
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SESQUICENTENNIAL ALUMNI SHOWCASE CONCERT

REPERTOIRE
STRAUSS: Overture to Die Fledermaus (1874); featuring the CCM Philharmonia led by Christopher Allen
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82 “Emperor” (1811); featuring Anton Nel, piano
SAINT-SAENS: Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61; featuring Yang Liu, violin
WAGNER: “Mild und leise,” from Tristan und Isolde (1859); featuring Tamara Wilson, soprano
-Intermission-
WALLER: Ain’t Misbehavin’; featuring Janelle Reichman, saxophone
WARREN: There Will Never Be Another You; featuring Janelle Reichman, saxophone
ROSSINI: “Cruda sorte,” from L’Italiana in Algeri (1813); featuring Helene Schneiderman, mezzo-soprano
SCHUMANN: Konzertstück for Four Horns, Op. 83 (1849); featuring Allene Hackleman, Julie Beckel Yager, Nathaniel Willson, Jennifer Paul, soloists
SCHWARTZ: “Meadowlark,” from The Baker’s Wife; featuring Betsy Wolfe, vocalist, with Roger Grodsky, conductor
BROWN: “A Summer in Ohio,” from The Last Five Years; featuring Betsy Wolfe, vocalist, with Roger Grodsky, conductor
BAREILLES: “She Used to Be Mine,” from Waitress; featuring Betsy Wolfe, vocalist, with Roger Grodsky, conductor
STRAUSS: Champagne Song from Die Fledermaus

PERFORMANCE TIME
8 p.m. Saturday, April 21

Please note: UC’s Nippert Stadium will also host an FC Cincinnati game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The full FC Cincinnati Soccer game schedule can be found at www.fccincinnati.com/2018-schedule.

LOCATION
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

PURCHASING TICKETS
Tickets for CCM’s Sesquicentennial Alumni Showcase Concert are $20 general, $15 non-UC students, and FREE for UC students with a valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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 uc.edu/parking for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. 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.uc.edu/about/directions.
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CCM’s Faculty Artist Series Continues Monday, Jan. 8

CCM’s famed Faculty Jazztet.

CCM’s esteemed faculty artists take center stage during seven diverse performances this spring! Running from Jan. 8 through Feb. 13, 2018, these programs highlight music from multiple genres, from classical styles and musical theatre to jazz and beyond.

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

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

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CCM’S SPRING 2018 FACULTY ARTIST SERIES

7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8
James Bunte, saxophone
Featuring guest artists Nathan Nabb, saxophone, and Hyun Ji Oh, piano

We celebrate the upcoming release of our trio’s CD Techno Parade. Featuring the music of Bruch, Nagao, Connesson and Delibes.
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14
AN EVENING AMONGST FRIENDS
Patricia Linhart, soprano
Julie Spangler, piano
Pat and Julie have decided to “share the stage” with CCM students and faculty! It’s another wild ride through cabaret and musical theatre … with party favors! Come join the fun!
Location:
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission:
FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22
Ran Dank, piano
CHOPIN: Polonaise in E flat minor, Op. 26, No. 2
CHOPIN:
Mazurka in B minor, Op. 30, No. 2
CHOPIN: Mazurka in D-flat major, Op. 30, No. 3
CHOPIN: Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op. 30, No. 4
CHOPIN: Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major
RZEWSKI: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! 
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission
: Free
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4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4
Lydia Brown, piano
J.S. BACH: English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807
SCHOENBERG: Six little piano pieces, Op. 16
HAYDN: Sonata for Piano in A major, Hob. XVI:26
HAYDN: Sonata for Piano in D major, Hob. XVI:51
SCHUBERT: Sonata for Piano in G major, D. 894
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5
Tim Anderson, trombone
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12
Ilya Finkelshteyn, cello
Sandra Rivers, piano

BARBER: Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Minor, Op. 6
SHOSTAKOVICH: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, Op. 40
CHOPIN: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 65
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13
CCM Faculty Jazztet

CCM’s world-famous jazz faculty artists show off their skills with a set of cool charts and blazing solos!
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE
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Event Information
All events listed here take place in CCM Village on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise noted.

Admission to Faculty Artist Series performances is free and reservations are not required.

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 uc.edu/parking for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. 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.uc.edu/about/directions.
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Apply Now for CCM Saxophone Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships

Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships are available to qualified, graduate-level saxophone students interested in joining CCM’s Fall 2018 class. Applications are now open and will be considered until all awards have been offered.

CCM offers Master of Music in Saxophone, Master of Music in Jazz Studies with a major in Saxophone and Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone degrees. Scholarships include awards from partial to full tuition. Graduate Assistantships include full tuition plus a stipend.

Saxophone majors receive ample performance opportunities with CCM’s wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, saxophone quartets, jazz combos, symphonic orchestras, musical theatre orchestras and contemporary music ensembles.

For more information about CCM Saxophone studies, contact:

  • James Bunte, DMA; Head, Performance Studies Division and Associate Professor of Saxophone
    513-556-0825 | james.bunte@uc.edu
  • Craig Bailey; Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone
    513-556-5797 | craig.bailey@uc.edu
  • Rick VanMatre; Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Saxophone
    513-559-1134 | rick.vanmatre@uc.edu

Qualifications
Applicants must demonstrate a high level of performance ability. For assistantships, teaching experience is desirable but not required.

Applications
CCM is now accepting applications for Fall 2018. Learn more at ccm.uc.edu/apply. Scholarship and assistantship application review begins at CCM’s first on-site audition in January/February 2018. Applications will be considered until all awards have been offered.

Additional Information
For more information, please visit ccm.uc.edu or contact CCM Admissions at 513-556-9478 or email ccmadmis@uc.edu.

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Thanks to YOU For Making This Year’s MOVEABLE FEAST So Successful!

CCM's Moveable Feast benefit event returns on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

CCM’s Moveable Feast benefit event returns on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

To the sponsors, partners, Friends of CCM Members, volunteers, faculty members, student artists, staff, event attendees and everyone else responsible for making this year’s Moveable Feast such an overwhelming success: THANK YOU!

  • Check out Cincinnati Refined‘s coverage of the evening here.
  • Check out the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s coverage of the evening here.
  • Check out the News Record‘s coverage of the evening here.

It was a night to remember – thank you for sharing it with us!

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CCM’s Moveable Feast – Preview The Artistic Menu!

Planning on joining us this Friday for A Moveable Feast?” Tickets to this year’s event are moving fast, so don’t delay – get yours before they’re gone and experience an unforgettable evening of artistic and culinary delights!

Here’s your first look at this year’s artistic menu. Plan your own schedule of 20-minute samplings of student entertainment, along with Backstage tours, and much more before the big event!

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First timer? Follow one of our new Artistic Tracks! Newcomers and seasoned veterans alike can enjoy these pre-planned pathways through CCM Village. Learn more about this year’s Artistic Tracks by visiting ccm.uc.edu/tracks4feast.

The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23. Tickets are available here.

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A Moveable Feast Returns to CCM Village on Jan. 23

Cincinnati’s premier fundraiser returns later on this month when CCM presents “A Moveable Feast!”

Hosted by the Friends of CCM volunteer organization, this unique benefit event showcases students from all corners of CCM in an evening of live entertainment and by-the-bite cuisine. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, and this year’s “Feast” celebrates the theme ONECCM and invites attendees to experience the performing and media arts institution’s UnCompromising Excellence.

A star-powered showcase of CCM’s world-class academic programs and state-of-the-art facilities, the fundraiser features samplings of artistic and culinary delights throughout CCM Village.

Guests can plan their own schedule of 20-minute samplings of student entertainment, including Jazz, Musical Theatre, Piano, Opera, Drama, Dance, Harpsichord and Saxophone, Choral and Orchestra performances, along with tours of CCM’s Electronic Media facilities, Lighting Design labs and other backstage areas. Back by popular demand, this year’s artistic menu also includes performances by CCM’s Steel Drum Band and artists-in-residence the Ariel Quartet.

New for 2015, A Moveable Feast will offer up suggested “Artistic Tracks” for patrons to follow throughout the evening. Newcomers and seasoned veterans alike can enjoy these pre-planned pathways through CCM Village. Learn more about this year’s Artistic Tracks by visiting ccm.uc.edu/tracks4feast.

The evening’s program will begin in Corbett Auditorium with a prelude performance featuring the CCM Jazz Ensemble and will conclude with a performance of the fourth movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64, by the CCM Philharmonia.

Cocktails and dinner-by-the-bite provided by Jeff Thomas Catering will be served throughout the evening.

Event Time
6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23

Location
CCM Village, University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to “Moveable Feast” are on sale now and can be purchased online at ccm.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/CCMMoveableFeast2015 or over the telephone at 513-556-2100.

  • Host Tickets: $125 (ticket price includes valet parking)
  • Friends of CCM Member Tickets: $50
  • General Public Tickets: $75 (ticket price includes a Friends of CCM Membership)
  • Young Professional (40 and under) Tickets: $35
  • CCM Alumni Tickets: $35

Seating is limited. Event proceeds raised by the Friends of CCM, a group of 600 volunteers and an active board, support student scholarships for CCM’s “stars of tomorrow.”

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 campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

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

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

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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.

Learn more by visiting www.michaelshultsmusic.com.

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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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