Congratulations to first-year Artist Diploma candidate Yi Li for being named “New Artist of the Month” by Musical America! Each month, Musical America spotlights an important emerging talent with an in-depth profile. You can view Li’s profile here.
Into the Woods Wig & Make-Up Designer Kaitlyn Adams recently sat down with CCM Public Information Assistant and Arts Administration student Jenifer Thomas to discuss the work that went into this monumental production. Kaitlyn is handling wig and make-up design for this production alongside CCM faculty member Kelly Yurko.
Jenifer Thomas: Hi Kaitie! Tell me a little bit about yourself.
Kaitlyn Adams: I’m a Senior from Cincinnati. I went to high school at Seton on the West side.
JT: Local girl, huh? So what got you into wigs and make-up?
KA: My mom is actually a wig master and make-up artist, so I’ve grown up with it.
JT: And why’d you choose CCM?
KA: There are only two schools in the country that teach wigs and make-up. The other school focuses primarily on wigs and make-up for film, and that wasn’t where I was interested. I want to do stage work.
JT: So when you found out you were assigned to design Into the Woods, what did you do?
Congratulations to CCM’s Yi Li, tenor, for being named the inaugural recipient of the Merola Opera Program‘s Zheng Cao Opera Fund award!
Each summer, this fund will sponsor one incoming Merola artist: either an Asian/Pacific artist or a mezzo-soprano. In addition to covering the artist’s training and housing costs, the Zheng Cao Fund will provide the additional funding needed to cover visa and travel costs associated with bringing an Asian/Pacific artist to San Francisco.
Jennifer Jolley, a DMA student in CCM’s Composition Department, claimed honors from both the judges and audience in The Atlanta Opera’s 24 Hour Opera Project. Jolley’s ten-minute opera, Krispy Kremes and Butter Queens, with a libretto by Vynnie Meli, was written in twelve hours Friday night and early Saturday morning, and performed to a standing room only crowd in Atlanta Saturday night.
As previously reported, Jolley and fellow CCM student Jonathan Stinson were two of just five composers selected from across the country to compete in the competition.
Jennifer Jolley, a DMA student in CCM’s Composition Department, and Jonathan Stinson, a composer/baritone studying in CCM’s Opera Department, are two of just five composers selected from across the country to compete in Atlanta Opera’s second annual 24 Hour Opera Project competition, running Jan. 20-21.
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.
Six CCM voice students were named winners of CCM’s 2011 Opera Scholarship Competition, which was held Saturday, April 2 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. The annual competition welcomes current and incoming CCM voice students to compete for scholarships and cash prizes, and a panel of judges composed of opera industry professionals selects each year’s class of prizewinners. See the full list of 2011 winners after the jump.
CCM will provide local audiences with a first glimpse of tomorrow’s opera stars during the 2011 Opera Scholarship Competition running from 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 in Corbett Auditorium.
25 top young artists will compete for nearly $135,000 in tuition grants and $75,000 in other named awards, including the Corbett Award, Italo Tajo Memorial Award, Andrew White Memorial Award, Seybold-Russell Award, Artman/Straub Award and John Alexander Memorial Award.
Admission is free and open to the general public and audience members will have a chance to weigh in on this year’s competition with the introduction of a new “Audience Favorite” award.
Congratulations to DMA composition student Jennifer Jolley, the winner of the 2011 CCM Orchestra Composition Competition! This annual competition involves several CCM composition students whose works are initially given readings by the Philharmonia. Then, a panel of judges chooses one composer to write a new orchestral work for the CCM Philharmonia for a performance during the following season.
Jennifer’s new piece will be conducted by Professor Mark Gibson and the other piece on the program (a year from April) will be the 8th symphony of Bruckner.