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‘The Hollywood Reporter’ Names CCM One of the Top Undergraduate Drama Programs in the World

Earlier this month, the Hollywood Reporter released its list of the “Top 25 Undergraduate Drama Schools,” and CCM was ranked at number 12! You can view the entire list here.

Backstage also recently named CCM one of the top six college programs in the nation for actors on a budget.

Few schools offer more comprehensive training programs for actors, designers, technicians, musical theatre performers, opera singers, coaches, directors and arts managers than CCM.

Utilizing a superb faculty of professional artist-teachers, CCM’s programs in drama, musical theatre, opera, dance, arts administration and theatre design and production attract remarkably talented students from around the world.

You can learn more about CCM’s Division of Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration by visiting ccm.uc.edu/theatre.

Watch a brief introduction to CCM’s Department of Dramatic Performance below.

The University of Cincinnati is a member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) and the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA).

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CCM alumnus Chris Fenwick scores Tony win with Broadway's FUN HOME.

CCM Alumnus Chris Fenwick’s Latest Project Wins Big at 2015 Tony Awards

We would like to extend our ecstatic congratulations to CCM alumnus Chris Fenwick (BM Piano, 2001), who serves as music director for the Broadway hit Fun Home! At last night’s Tony Awards ceremony, Fun Home won a stunning five awards, including the Tony for Best Musical! Based on the popular graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, the musical is also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize!

You can watch a performance from last night’s ceremony featuring the cast of Fun Home below.

Fenwick has served as musical director for a number of recent Broadway shows, including Rocky, The Addams Family and the 2007 revival of Grease. Congratulations Chris!

CCM alumnus Chris Fenwick with the cast and creative team for 'Fun Home' at the 2015 Tony Awards ceremony.

CCM alumnus Chris Fenwick with the cast and creative team for ‘Fun Home’ at the 2015 Tony Awards ceremony.

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CCM Spotlights Talented Young Performers and Acclaimed Guest Artists During Summer 2015 Performance Series

Young artists from all corners of the globe will make their way to Cincinnati this summer to work with CCM’s world-class faculty and renowned guest artists while in residence at the state-of-the-art CCM Village.

CCM offers a wide array of high caliber summer programs, and the general public can experience the artistry themselves during a series of nearly 40 public performances and guest artist recitals running Tuesday, June 2, through Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015.

Logo for the Cincinnati World Piano Competition.A complete schedule of summer performances is listed below, with highlights including the Cincinnati World Piano Competition’s Finalists Concert featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on June 13, the Art of the Piano’s Recital Series (curated by CCM faculty member and Cincinnati World Piano Competition Artistic Director Awadagin Pratt) running June 14 – 28, the Classical Guitar Workshops Concert Series running July 12 – 18 and a semi-staged production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen on Aug. 8.

Learn more about these and dozens of other performing and media arts events by referring to the list below.

Event Information

All events listed here take place in CCM Village on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Admission is free to many CCM performances, although some events do require purchased tickets. Please see individual event information for single ticket and subscription prices, along with ordering information.

Tickets to Cincinnati World Piano Competition events are available through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Box Office. Tickets for all other summer performances are available through the CCM Box Office.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit ccm.uc.edu 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 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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JUNE

7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2
• Harpsichord & Cello/Continuo Workshop •
MICHAEL UNGER AND ADRIANA CONTINO RECITAL

Adriana Contino (cello) and Michael Unger (harpsichord) present an evening of sonatas, suites and reflections.
Location:
CCM Master Classroom (Mary Emery Hall Room 3250)
Admission:
FREE

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7 p.m. Wednesday, June 3
• Harpsichord & Cello/Continuo Workshop •
PARTICIPANT RECITAL
Location:
CCM Master Classroom (Mary Emery Hall Room 3250)
Admission:
FREE

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7 p.m. Thursday, June 4
• Cincinnati Young Artist Chamber Music Workshop •
CYA FACULTY RECITAL
Featuring directors Sarah Kim and Alan Rafferty joined by guest faculty Annie Fullard and Mari Sato of the Cavani Quartet, CCM piano faculty Sandra Rivers and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra musician Gerry Itzkoff
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE

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7 p.m. Friday, June 5
• Cincinnati Young Artist Chamber Music Workshop •
CYA STUDENT RECITAL
Featuring 2015 Cincinnati Young Artists advanced Chamber Music Workshop students
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE

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1 p.m. Saturday, June 6
• Cincinnati Young Artist Chamber Music Workshop •
CYA STUDENT FESTIVAL
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE

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2 – 5:45 p.m. Sunday, June 7
12 – 1:45 p.m. and 7 – 8:45 p.m. Monday, June 8
• Cincinnati World Piano Competition •
CWPC FIRST ROUND
Competition Jurors: Akemi Alink-Yamamoto, Jura Margulis, Yoshikazu Nagai, Boris Slutsky and Frank Weinstock

The world’s best come to the Queen City during the 2015 Cincinnati World Piano Competition, hosted by UC’s College-Conservatory of Music and featuring the world-renowned Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra! During the Competition’s opening rounds, 24 pianists will compete head to head for their position in Round Two, with each day featuring 12 competitors. Each competitor will perform a 15-minute program.
Location:
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
$30 All-Access Pass to First Rounds & Semifinals, $15 One Day Pass, $11.25 Group One Day Pass, $10 Student. Purchase tickets through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra website at www.cincinnatisymphony.org or by calling the CSO box office at 513-381-3300.

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10 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., 4 – 5:45 p.m. and 7 – 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 9
• Cincinnati World Piano Competition •
CWPC SECOND ROUND
Competition Jurors: Akemi Alink-Yamamoto, Jura Margulis, Yoshikazu Nagai, Boris Slutsky and Frank Weinstock

All 24 competitors will compete head to head in Round Two for one of 12 spots in Round Three. Each competitor will perform at 15-minute program.
Location:
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
$30 All-Access Pass to First Rounds & Semifinals, $15 One Day Pass, $11.25 Group One Day Pass, $10 Student. Purchase tickets through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra website at www.cincinnatisymphony.org or by calling the CSO box office at 513-381-3300.

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10 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. and 5 – 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 10
• Cincinnati World Piano Competition •
CWPC THIRD ROUND
Competition Jurors: Akemi Alink-Yamamoto, Jura Margulis, Yoshikazu Nagai, Boris Slutsky and Frank Weinstock

12 competitors will compete head to head in Round Three for one of six spots in the Semifinals. Each competitor will perform at 30-minute program.
Location:
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
$30 All-Access Pass to First Rounds & Semifinals, $15 One Day Pass, $11.25 Group One Day Pass, $10 Student. Purchase tickets through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra website at www.cincinnatisymphony.org or by calling the CSO box office at 513-381-3300.

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10 a.m. Thursday, June 11
• Cincinnati World Piano Competition •
CWPC JURY SYMPOSIUM
Competition Jurors: Akemi Alink-Yamamoto, Jura Margulis, Yoshikazu Nagai, Boris Slutsky and Frank Weinstock

Are you curious about how a jury member decides to advance one competitor versus another? Maybe you’d like to learn more about the processes jury members go through at competitions or maybe you’d like to hear feedback from the jury about the challenges and opportunities of judging a bracket-style competition for the first time. Come meet the jury and engage in a discussion about their role in the Cincinnati World Piano Competition. Coffee and donuts will be served.
Location:
Baur Room
Tickets:
$10, $8 student. Purchase tickets through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra website at www.cincinnatisymphony.org or by calling the CSO box office at 513-381-3300.

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12 – 3 p.m. and 6 – 9 p.m. Thursday, June 11
• Cincinnati World Piano Competition •
CWPC SEMIFINALS
Competition Jurors: Akemi Alink-Yamamoto, Jura Margulis, Yoshikazu Nagai, Boris Slutsky and Frank Weinstock

Six competitors compete head to head in the Semifinals for one of three spots in the Finals. Each competitor will perform at 40-minute program. Advancing competitors will perform in the Finals with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The finalist announcement is scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
Location:
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
$30 All-Access Pass to First Rounds & Semifinals, $15 One Day Pass, $11.25 Group One Day Pass, $10 Student. Purchase tickets through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra website at www.cincinnatisymphony.org or by calling the CSO box office at 513-381-3300.

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7 p.m. Saturday, June 13
• Cincinnati World Piano Competition •
CWPC FINALISTS CONCERT
Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Competition Jurors: Akemi Alink-Yamamoto, Jura Margulis, Yoshikazu Nagai, Boris Slutsky and Frank Weinstock

Three competitors will perform concerti with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for $45,000 in prize money, a debut recital in New York City and additional performance opportunities. The 2015 Awards Ceremony and a reception will follow the performances and jury deliberation.
Location:
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
Starting at $35. Purchase tickets through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra website at www.cincinnatisymphony.org or by calling the CSO box office at 513-381-3300.

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7 p.m. Sunday, June 14
• CCM Summer Programs: Art of the Piano Guest Artist Series •
JURA MARGULIS RECITAL

Curated by Awadagin Pratt, the Art of the Piano Guest Artist Series presents Russian-born Jura Margulis in concert. Praised by the Los Angeles Times for his “excellent pianism,” Margulis has won numerous competitions, appeared at the Hollywood Bowl and recorded for Sony. Experience for yourself why the Washington Post has applauded his “titanic reserves of sheer power” and his “effortless spontaneity.”
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets:
$15 general admission; $10 student admission.

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7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16
• CCM Summer Programs: Art of the Piano Guest Artist Series •
URSULA OPPENS RECITAL

Curated by Awadagin Pratt, the Art of the Piano Guest Artist Series presents four-time Grammy winner Ursula Oppens in concert. Oppens performs with the world’s top orchestras and has premiered works by today’s leading composers including Ligeti, Carter and Corigliano, to name a few. This is a rare chance to hear Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated!, a work premiered by Oppens. Her recording on the Vanguard label of the piece was named Record of the Year by Record World and received a Grammy nomination.
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets:
$15 general admission; $10 student admission.

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7 p.m. Wednesday, June 17
7 p.m. Thursday, June 18
7 p.m. Friday, June 19
7 p.m. Saturday, June 20
7 p.m. Friday, June 26
7 p.m. Sunday, June 28
• CCM Summer Programs: Art of the Piano Student Artist Series •
PARTICIPANT RECITALS

Students world-wide participated in a rigorous screening and audition process to play in master classes with some of the world’s most sought-after teachers. These students focus on their recital and competition repertoire while in Cincinnati, and performance is an important part of their residency at CCM. Take a break from the heat and catch some rising stars!
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE

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1 p.m. 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20
• Encore Chamber Orchestra Workshop •
ENCORE ADVANCED CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Location:
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission:
FREE

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11 a.m. Friday, June 26
• CCM Preparatory Department •
JAZZ EXPLOSION WORKSHOP PERFORMANCE
Location:
Kings High School, 5620 Columbia Rd, Kings Mills, OH 45034
Admission:
FREE

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3 p.m. Friday, June 26
• CCM Prep Summer Theatre Arts •
CAMP BRAVO PERFORMANCE
Location:
Cincinnati Country Day School, 6905 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243
Admission:
FREE

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7 p.m. Saturday, June 27
• CCM Summer Programs: Art of the Piano Guest Artist Series •
YONG HI MOON RECITAL

Yong Hi Moon has performed extensively throughout Asia, Europe and the US as a recitalist and with orchestras including the Osaka, Seoul, Tokyo and Korean National symphony orchestras. She is currently a faculty member at the Peabody Institute.
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Tickets:
$15 general admission; $10 student admission.

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JULY

8 p.m. Sunday, July 12
• CCM’s Classical Guitar Workshop •
FACULTY ENSEMBLE RECITAL
Featuring Renato Butturi, Clare Callahan, Rodney Stucky, Jeffrey Van, Christopher Wilke, William Willits, Karl Wohlwend and Stanley Yates
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE

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8 p.m. Monday, July 13
• CCM’s Classical Guitar Workshop •
GUITAR CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL
Featuring guest guitarists, instrumentalists and vocalists
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE

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8 p.m. Wednesday, July 15
• CCM’s Classical Guitar Workshop •
HANSER-McCLELLAN DUO RECITAL

John McClellan and Kirk Hanser began performing together in 1996, each already being an established solo artist in his own right. As a duo, they quickly became known for their choice of entertaining programs, their technical and musical prowess, and their abilities for connecting with audiences. Over the years, they have become recognized by critics and audiences alike as one of the most highly respected chamber music groups in the U.S.
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE

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8 p.m. Thursday, July 16
• CCM’s Classical Guitar Workshop •
STANLEY YATES RECITAL

British-born guitarist Stanley Yates has established an international career as concert performer and recording artist, teacher, arranger and scholar. Performing to wide critical and audience acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, he has been praised by the English magazine Classical Guitar as “one of an elite breed of guitarists,” the Fort Worth Star Telegram for the “transcendent quality of his interpretative abilities” and the Italian magazine Suonare for his “musical instinct and brilliant technique.”
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE

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7 p.m. Friday, July 17
2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18
• Center Stage! Workshop •
BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH INTERNET CATS

Location:
Cincinnati Country Day School, 6905 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243
Admission:
FREE

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8 p.m. Friday, July 17
• CCM’s Classical Guitar Workshop •
SOLOS, CHAMBER MUSIC, GUITAR ORCHESTRA
Location:
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission:
FREE

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11 a.m. Saturday, July 18
• CCM Prep Summer Arts Immersion •
MUSICAL THEATRE SHOWCASE
Location:
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission:
FREE

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1 p.m. Saturday, July 18
• CCM Prep Summer Arts Immersion •
ACTING WORKSHOP SHOWCASE
Location:
Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission:
FREE

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2 p.m. Saturday, July 18
• CCM’s Classical Guitar Workshop •
PARTICIPANTS RECITAL
Location:
Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission:
FREE

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2 p.m. Friday, July 24
CINCINNATI PIANO INSTITUTE STUDENT RECITAL
Location:
CCM Master Classroom (Mary Emery Hall Room 3250)
Admission:
FREE

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AUGUST

3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
CINCINNATI CHILDREN’S CHOIR SUMMER FESTIVAL CONCERT
Robyn Lana, director
Location:
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
$10 general. Tickets will go on sale beginning on July 27 and may be purchased by calling 513-556-0338.

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6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1
• CCM Summer Programs: Opera Studio •
OPERA STUDIO STUDENT RECITAL

A select group of talented young singers from around the country were chosen to spend three weeks in residence at CCM, under the guidance of a renowned faculty led by CCM Voice Professor Amy Johnson, with an emphasis on French repertoire. Join these young artists as they present an evening of art songs and operatic repertoire.
Location:
CCM Master Classroom (Mary Emery Hall Room 3250)
Admission:
FREE

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4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7
• CCM Summer Programs: Opera Studio •
OPERA STUDIO SCENES

A select group of talented young singers from around the country were chosen to spend three weeks in residence at CCM, under the guidance of a renowned faculty, with an emphasis on French repertoire. Their experience culminates with an evening of operatic scenes under the direction of CCM’s Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Stage, Vincent DeGeorge.
Location:
Cohen Family Studio Theater Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission:
FREE

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8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8
• CCM Summer Programs: Creating Carmen
CARMEN

Music by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Ludovic Halévy and Henri Meihac
Featuring student conductors from CCM’s Summer Workshops
Mark Gibson, artistic director
Jose Maria Condemi, stage director

Up to 12 young conductors, along with a carefully selected cast, were invited to participate in this one-of-a-kind “opera bootcamp” while in residence at CCM. Working with an internationally renowned faculty, led by Mark Gibson, Director of Orchestral Studies at CCM, these young artists have daily language instruction, text and style sessions and conducting and coaching master classes, and also participate in staging rehearsals, work with singers and lead orchestra rehearsals. The course culminates in a semi-staged performance, with orchestra, of Bizet’s beloved Carmen.
Location:
Corbett Auditorium
Tickets:
$15 general admission; $10 student admission.

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Tickets to the Cincinnati World Piano Competition events are available through the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Box Office.

Tickets to the Cincinnati Children’s Choir Summer Festival Concert are available by phone at 513-556-0338.

Tickets for all other summer performances are available through the CCM Box Office.

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

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James Franco, co-producer of the new film 'Goat,' currently filming in Cincinnati.

CCM Drama Students and Faculty Cast in James Franco Produced Feature Film ‘Goat’

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We are thrilled to report that four current students and one faculty member from CCM’s Department of Drama have been cast in Goat, a feature film currently shooting in Cincinnati. The Andrew Neel directed film stars Virginia Gardner, Nick Jonas and Ben Schnetzer.

James Franco, Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, Pamela Koffler, Vince Jolivette and David Gordon Green produce in association with Killer Films and Rabbit Bandini Productions.

Goat is the story of two brothers, the younger of whom, after he suffers an assault that leaves him physically and mentally wounded, pledges the same fraternity as his brother.

CCM Drama adjunct faculty member Denise Dal Vera will play the mother of Nick Jonas. Current students Clare Combest and Annie Grove booked speaking roles, and Ryan Garrett and Spencer Lackey booked recurring extra roles in the fraternity.

Casting Director d. Lynn Meyers teaches audition techniques for students in CCM Drama, and helped the four Class of 2017 students be seen for the film. “They did great,” remarked Meyers, who also serves as the Producing Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati.

CCM Drama embarked on a new film initiative this year, adding film experiences to the curriculum. All Drama students will participate in an annual 48-Hour Film Festival, and the department will produce its first co-produced film with CCM E-Media next year. You can learn more about that new collaboration here.

“CCM Drama students are in demand for film and television roles nationally, and we’re excited to see that trend continue in Cincinnati,” says CCM’s A.B., Dolly, Ralph and Julia Cohen Chair of Dramatic Performance Richard E. Hess.

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Accomplished Director and Choreographer Vince DeGeorge is Named Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Stage at CCM

CCM Dean Peter Landgren has announced the appointment of Vince DeGeorge to the position of Assistant Professor and Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Stage, a faculty position shared by CCM’s Department of Musical Theatre and Department of Opera. DeGeorge first joined CCM as a Visiting Professor in the fall of 2013. His new appointment becomes effective on August 15, 2015.

CCM Assistant Professor and Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting Vince DeGeorge.

CCM Assistant Professor and Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting Vince DeGeorge.

“I would like to thank Dean Peter Landgren, Musical Theatre Chair Aubrey Berg and Opera Chair Robin Guarino for selecting me for this important post,” DeGeorge remarked on his new appointment. “I would also like to thank my colleagues at CCM for welcoming me so graciously. I am grateful and excited to begin this new challenge.”

DeGeorge made a considerable impact during his tenure as a Visiting Professor, directing and/or choreographing seven CCM productions during the last two seasons. Most recently, he served as director and choreographer on CCM’s acclaimed Studio Series production of Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones’ rarely produced 110 in the Shade. “DeGeorge infuses action into a story which could easily be presented in a stagnant fashion,” theatre critic Scott Cain observed in his review of the musical for Talkin’ Broadway, ultimately calling the show, “a praiseworthy one, with strong direction and first-rate performances.”

Local audiences will not have to wait long to see DeGeorge’s next project for the CCM stage. This summer, in addition to directing a feature length film (entitled 18 Mornings), DeGeorge will serve as stage director for the Opera Studio Summer Workshop. He will then direct two productions during CCM’s 2015-16 performance season: a Studio Series production of William Hauptman’s musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in October of 2015 and a Mainstage Series production of Leoš Janácek’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen in April of 2016.

An alumnus of CCM, DeGeorge (BFA Musical Theatre, 1992) recently completed his MFA in Directing and Public Dialogue at Virginia Tech. Following his graduation from CCM, DeGeorge performed as an actor and dancer in regional theaters across the country and was a member of the New York based contemporary dance company dre.dance under artistic directors and choreographers Taye Diggs and Andrew Palermo.

DeGeorge directed numerous works during his time in New York. Highlights include the musical revue Nashville, which he co-wrote and directed in 2009. The production won Nightlife, Bistro and Mac Awards that year. In 2011, DeGeorge directed New York City’s first fully staged production of The Exonerated to critical acclaim.

At Virginia Tech, DeGeorge directed and designed A Dream Play by August Strindberg, and productions of Chekhov’s The Vagabond and Three Sisters. He also developed, directed and designed The Jo Carson Project, a new musical based on the writings and theories of the Appalachian storyteller and playwright, Jo Carson.

During his studies at Virginia Tech, DeGeorge was also a company member of Building Home, a participatory theatre and music engagement project, led by Bob Leonard along with Jon Catherwood-Ginn. Building Home uses theater to foster healthy civic dialogue among the citizens of the New River Valley concerning pressing regional issues and planning for sustainable communities.

As a part of the Blacksburg Summer Arts Festival 2014, DeGeorge was engaged to design and build Life In The Trees – an art installation, purposed as both a gallery exhibition and the theatrical setting for two performance pieces, adapted and directed by DeGeorge as well.  While working on Life In The Trees, DeGeorge collaborated with Alaskan artist Kesler Woodard, as well as novelist Tom Gardner.

DeGeorge has spent the last 14 years researching and developing the Theatrical Awareness Practice, a somatic and experiential theater technique that trains the actor to live fully in their experiential mind/body. This practice consists of deeply researched and highly structured improvisational explorations that are designed to reacquaint the artist with the infinite intelligence and creative capacity of their own human body experience.

You can learn even more about Vince DeGeorge by clicking here. Please join us in congratulating him on his new appointment.

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CCM Professor Kevin Burke and members of the 2014 UC Gold Rush documentary team. Photo by Kaori Funahashi.

Next Installment of Student-Produced ‘Gold Rush Expedition Race’ Film Series to Premiere at the Esquire Theatre on April 28

The 2014 installment of the University of Cincinnati‘s student-produced Gold Rush Expedition Race documentary film series will receive a special premiere screening at Cincinnati’s Esquire Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28. Hosted by the University of Cincinnati Production Master Class, this screening is free and open to the entire UC community.

The event is sponsored and supported by the UC Forward Initiative, the Office of the President, CCM’s Division of Electronic Media (CCM E-Media), McMicken College’s Center for Film and Media Studies and the UC Alumni Association.

Join us at Cincinnati's Esquire Theatre on April 28 for a premiere screening of the 2014 'Gold Rush Expedition Race' documentary film.

Join us at Cincinnati’s Esquire Theatre on April 28 for a premiere screening of the 2014 ‘Gold Rush Expedition Race’ documentary film.

The 2014 Gold Rush Expedition Race documentary will have its national broadcast premiere on NBC’s Universal Sports Network on May 27, 2015. The documentary program will air 10 times on USN. The cable network aired the 2012 and 2013 installments of this action-packed documentary series last October. You can learn more about those initial broadcasts by visiting ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/notations-ovations/student-produced-film-series-airs-on-universal-sports-network.

Educationally grounded, professionally driven and student produced, the UC Production Master Class has been transforming the college classroom since its inception in 2012, bringing together an interdisciplinary group of UC students and faculty who are working with nationally-recognized digital media professionals to produce a documentary film series that is currently airing on national television.

To date, this course has involved three UC professors, a UC alumnus, a cadre of film professionals and over 90 UC students from nine different academic programs at CCM, DAAP and the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.

This group has fused its skills on the production of a three-year, 90-minute documentary film series about the Gold Rush Expedition Race, one of the world’s premier expedition races that features an international field of 50 elite athletes trekking, mountain biking, climbing and kayaking along a grueling 275-mile course amidst the beauty of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. The race is part of the Adventure Racing World Series.

The Production Master Class was the idea of CCM Professor of Electronic Media Kevin Burke and distinguished UC Alumnus and Emmy award-winning producer, Brian J. Leitten. The initiative was originally made possible by a three-year grant from the University of Cincinnati’s UC Forward Collaborative, which supports experiential learning and is part of the UC Academic Master Plan.

The Production Master Class was designed to create a transformative “hands-on” experience for the students by taking them out of the classroom and into the field to produce a documentary film series that could be distributed to a national television audience. “The idea was to totally re-invent the college classroom,” notes UC President Santa J. Ono, PhD, “focusing interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students on real world projects.”

Over the past three years, the Production Master Class has brought dozens of UC students to California to work alongside educators and a select crew of film and media professionals. The interaction with professional mentors and students from different disciplines enhances experiential learning and prepares the students for professional careers in the television and film industry. Both Burke and Leitten serve as Executive Producers, advising the project and providing professional guidance and feedback to the students during all phases of the documentary’s development.

Students take on the roles of supervising producers, story producers, editors, scriptwriters, music supervisors and narrators. Leitten joins Burke for each class session via social media applications from New York, where he serves as the Director of Production at the internet media entertainment giant, VEVO.com.

The Production Master Course is also taught by DAAP Associate Professor of Graphic Communication Design Yoshiko Burke, whose students create all motion graphic design and animation content. CCM Assistant Professor of Electronic Media Lorin Parker provides professional guidance and expertise to those students who create the audio mix and sound design for the documentary. At each stage of the project, the students are held to the standards and expectations of professionals in the discipline, providing them with invaluable industry experience.

The Production Master Course has resulted in both academic and professional recognition in peer-reviewed competitions and film festivals. The 2012 Gold Rush Expedition Race documentary was selected from over 1,300 global entries for the Best of Festival Award in the 2014 Broadcast Education Association Film Festival, capturing its highest honor of the Festival, the prestigious Chairman Award. The film went on to win professional recognition with two bronze Telly Awards, and most recently, the student design team was recognized with a Silver Award at the prestigious Graphis New Talent Annual 2015 for their work on the 2013 Gold Rush Expedition Race documentary.

In August 2015, the 2013 Gold Rush Expedition Race film will screen at the University Film and Video Association conference in Washington, D.C.

Screening Time
7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28

Location
Esquire Theatre
320 Ludlow Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220

Admission
Admission to the premiere screening of the 2014 Gold Rush Expedition Race is free. Reservations are not required. Learn more about the screening by visiting goldrushracedoc.com/2014-premiere.

Parking and Directions
The Esquire Theatre is located in Clifton’s Gaslight District, just a short drive from UC’s campus. The theatre  validates tickets for moviegoers for two hours of parking in the “Merchant Lot” on Howell, located one block from Ludlow Avenue (a side street off Clifton Avenue, behind the former IGA Grocery Store). Howell Avenue is parallel to Ludlow Ave. On street parking is also often available on or near Ludlow Avenue.

Everyone is welcome to use the Valet Parking available in front of La Poste Eatery on Telford St. (just around the corner from the Esquire, off Ludlow). This valet service costs $7.00 and is available Mon. – Sat., from 5-10 pm.

For more information on parking and directions, please visit www.esquiretheatre.com/location.

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Talya Lieberman in CCM's Mainstage Series production of 'Hansel and Gretel.' Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM Artist Diploma Student Talya Lieberman Wins Outstanding Performance Award at 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition

CCM artist diploma student Talya Lieberman.

CCM artist diploma student Talya Lieberman.

We are happy to report that soprano Talya Lieberman, an Artist Diploma candidate in CCM’s Opera program, won the Lys Symonette Award for Outstanding Performance of an Individual Number during the final round of the 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition.

Sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, this year’s competition was held at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music on April 18. Named in honor of Weill’s musical assistant on Broadway, the Lys Symonette Award comes with a cash prize of $3,500.

Now in its 18th year, the Lotte Lenya Competition is an international theatre singing contest that recognizes exceptionally talented young singer/actors, ages 19-32, who are dramatically and musically convincing in a wide range of repertoire, from opera and operetta to contemporary Broadway musicals, with a focus on the works of Kurt Weill. The judges of this year’s competition were Rebecca Luker, James Holmes and Theodore S. Chapin. You can view a full list of this year’s competition winners by visiting www.kwf.org/previous-winners.

Lieberman is the latest in a long line of CCM-trained singers to take home top honors at the Lotte Lenya Competition. CCM alumna Lauren Roesner (BFA Musical Theatre, 2013) took Third Prize in the 2013 installment of this prestigious international theater singing contest. CCM alumna Caitlin Mathes (MM Voice, 2009; Artist Diploma in Opera, 2010) earned First Prize in 2011 and fellow alumna Alisa Suzanne Jordheim (BM Voice, 2008; MM Voice, 2010; DMA candidate) progressed to the final round of the competition that same year.

About Talya Lieberman
Originally from Forest Hills, New York, Talya Ilana Lieberman is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at CCM as a student of CCM Professor of Voice William McGraw.

A soprano, Lieberman will be singing Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with Wolf Trap Opera as a Filene Young Artist this coming summer. She has been invited to make her recital debut with the San Francisco Opera Center as part of their Schwabacher Debut Recital series this spring. She was most recently seen performing Gretel in CCM’s Mainstage Series production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

This past summer she sang the title role in Handel’s Semele as part of the Schwabacher Concert Series (Merola Opera Program). Highlights from 2013-14 include performing selections from Canteloube’s “Chants d’Auverge” with the CCM Philharmonia, as well as performing David del Tredici’s “Haddock’s Eyes” with CCM’s Café MoMus ensemble. She won the Irma M. Cooper Vocal Competition (Columbus Opera, 2014) and Alida Vane International Voice Competition (2013) in Latvia, where she studied on a Fulbright scholarship for the 2012-13 school year.

Lieberman made her New York City debut prior to departing for Latvia, singing in concert with Schubert & Co. In the summer of 2012 she participated in the voice program at the Chautauqua School of Music, where she was featured in Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras” with the cello studio.

Lieberman is a convert from the orchestra pit and started singing after receiving her master’s degree in trumpet performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under the tutelage of Judith Saxton. She completed her BA at Duke University with highest distinction in linguistics (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude). She is a two-time winner of full tuition and stipend—winning the Russell-Seybold Award and Italo Tajo Award, respectively—at CCM’s annual Opera Scholarship Competition.

Lieberman has lived a few lives before coming to opera full-time; she worked on sleep apnea research as a research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, served as program coordinator for the El Sistema inspired program Play On, Philly!, and had a short stint as a singer-songwriter. She is an avid student of contact improvisation and various forms of meditation. She loves reading, writing, editing, working with children, teaching and being an aunt.

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