CCM’s ‘Oklahoma!’ Receives Four League of Cincinnati Theatres Awards

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CCM’s fall Mainstage production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! has earned four awards from the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT). Diana Lala, the show’s choreographer, as well as three student performers — John Riddle, Julia Johanos and Eric Huffman — were recognized for their contributions to the show.

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CityBeat’s Fall Arts Preview Spotlights Upcoming CCM Events

CityBeat's Fall Arts Preview

CityBeat's Fall Arts Preview

CityBeat‘s annual Fall Arts Preview issue is on newsstands this week, providing a sneak peek at CCM’s upcoming theatre and concert seasons. “There’s so much going on at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music,” writes Anne Arenstein, “that you need a separate iPad to keep track of everything.”

The issue also includes a look at the future of Cincinnati’s new classical music scene with CCM’s Ixi Chen and Michael Fiday. Read Anne Arenstein’s feature to learn more about how CCM doctoral student Laura Sabo and CCM alumnus Drew Klein are helping Cincinnati’s music scene move in exciting new directions!

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CCM Dance’s Kyle J. Coleman Receives 2011 Basil Thompson Memorial Award

Kyle Coleman as Albrecht in CCM's production of "Giselle."

Kyle Coleman as Albrecht in CCM's production of "Giselle."

Congratulations to our own Kyle J. Coleman, recipient of this year’s Basil Thompson Memorial Award. Sponsored by the Corps de Ballet International, the award offers a $500 scholarship for a university/college male dancer to support his training in classical ballet. The award was created in memory of Basil Thompson, renowned teacher, director and dancer.

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Cincinnati Fringe Festival Lineup Includes Concert by CCM Students

The upcoming Cincinnati Fringe Festival, which runs from May 31-June 11, will feature a media-driven concert by CCM doctoral candidate in composition Paul Schuette called Music for Newspapers and Radios. The concert includes musical compositions that use newspapers or radios as the generating source of musical sounds, ideas and forms. The Frequency String Quartet, which is comprised of CCM students, are also a part of Schuette’s performance.

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CCM Starling Students Claim Top Prize at the Fischoff Competition

The Polaris Quartet includes, from left to right: Jenny Lee, Demi Fang, Billy Fang and Joshua Halpern.

Congratulations to the members of the Polaris String Quartet from CCM’s Starling Project, who were awarded the first prize in the junior division of the Fischoff Competition. The event was held at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana on May 15, 2011. The Gold Medal includes a $2,000 prize as well as an appearance on the nationally syndicated radio program “From The Top.”

The performers of the Polaris Quartet are Jenny Lee (violin), a high school junior from Bloomington, Indiana and a student of Dr. Won-Bin Yim; Billy Fang (violin), a Princeton-bound high school senior from Centerville, Ohio and student of Kurt Sassmannshaus; Demi Fang (viola), a high school sophomore, also from Centerville, Ohio and also a student of Kurt Sassmannshaus; and Josh Halpern (cello), a high school junior from Dayton and a student of Alan Rafferty.

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Jazz Major Wins Two DownBeat Awards

Congratulations to Dominic Marino, a Master of Music candidate in CCM’s Jazz Studies programs, for winning two DownBeat Student Music Awards. The magazine just announced that Marino was one of two winners of the Outstanding Composition Award (Orchestrated Work) for his piece “Perpetrator,” recorded last school year with the CCM Jazz Ensemble in the CCM Jazz Recording Studio.

Dominic also received another award as a recording engineer: Outstanding Performance Award for Engineered Studio Recording for a group of combo recordings that he engineered this Fall.

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CCM Alumna Wins First Prize in 2011 Lotte Lenya Competition

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Congratulations to CCM alumnae Caitlin Mathes (MM, 2008, Artist Diploma, 2010) and Alisa Suzanne Jordheim (MM, 2010, DMA candidate) who both earned sizeable honors at this year’s Lotte Lenya Competition, sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation. Mathes earned First Prize and $15,000, while Jordheim earned a spot in the Final round of competition and $1000. The Lotte Lenya Competition was held on April 16, 2011 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

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