CCM Welcomes Video Game Composer Chance Thomas for Public Lecture and Master Class on Feb. 18

CCM’s Division of Composition, Musicology and Theory hosts award winning video game composer, educator and entrepreneur Chance Thomas for a one-time-only event next week.

Thomas will present a public lecture on “Composing Music for Games: The Art, Tech and Commerce of Video Game Scoring” from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., which will be followed by a master class from 4:30 – 6 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in room 3240 of the Corbett Center for the Performing Arts. These events are free and open to the general public.

This special guest lecture will offer students an extraordinary opportunity to learn vital music design principles, revolutionary adaptive scoring techniques and powerful entrepreneurial strategies from one of the game industry’s most innovative and successful composers.

How does music change seamlessly to follow the action in popular online multiplayer video games like Defense of the Ancients 2? What is the single most powerful piece of technology available to video game composers today? What should every composer take into every single business pitch? Come and discover answers to all of these questions and many more as Thomas delves into the complex and fascinating world of music scoring for games!

CCM alumni are already making names for themselves in this dynamic field. After working on the major motion picture Star Trek: Into Darkness, alumnus Michael John Mollo (MM Composition, 2005) found himself working on his very first interactive score for a video game: Strider HD. Read more about his experiences in the video game industry here.

About Chance Thomas
Chance Thomas is an American composer, educator and entrepreneur. He helps students and professionals navigate the intersection of music scoring, technology and business.

His music has underscored blockbuster commercial success and critical acclaim, including an Oscar, an Emmy and billions of dollars in video game and film sales worldwide. Just last year, more than four million people bought Thomas’ original music score for Defense of the Ancients 2 (otherwise known as DOTA 2) as part of the T14 compendium.

Thomas’ top video game credits include DOTA 2, Lord of the Rings Online, James Cameron’s Avatar, Heroes of Might and Magic, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Dungeons and Dragons Online, Peter Jackson’s King Kong and many more.

His music can be heard on hit television shows like Pawn Stars, The Bachelorette and America’s Most Wanted. His movie scores include an Academy Award-winner, Columbia Pictures’ delightful animated short film, The ChubbChubbs!

Thomas is a director of the Game Audio Network Guild and serves on several advisory boards. His business interests range across studios, publishing and audio services, successfully supporting an active composing career spanning more than 20 years.

For complete credits, awards and music samples, please visit www.chancethomas.com.

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CCM Village panoramic photo; Winter of 2015. Photography by Curt Whitacre.

Welcome To CCM’s Spring Semester Performance Series

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HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Musicspring semester! Creative collaborations are an essential part of CCM’s vision of UnCompromising Excellence, and the concept of faculty and students working across divisional boundaries is one of five strategic priorities embedded within the ONECCM initiative. Through these efforts, the magic of building talent in front of your eyes comes alive on CCM Village’s many stages.

CCM is showcasing these partnerships through once-in-a-lifetime performances this semester, and perhaps nothing speaks more vividly to the collaborative spirit than CCM’s Moveable Feast, a veritable smorgasbord of student and faculty artists from all corners of our college working together to create a single can’t-miss evening on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Moveable Feast returns to CCM Village on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

CCM also brings world-class guest artists to campus through ongoing collaborations like Opera Fusion, a special co-presentation between CCM’s Bearcat Piano Festival and the Xavier University Classical Piano Series and even a guest appearance by Shanghai’s East China Normal University choir at an upcoming CCM Choral concert.

Learn more about CCM’s schedule of public performances this spring by visiting ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/notations-ovations/spring-2015-calendar-of-events.

CCM’s mission is to provide life-changing experiences within a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment, and fortunately for us all, the lives that are changed through this process of education include YOU – CCM’s patrons.

Welcome,

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Peter Landgren, Dean
Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music

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CCM Offers New Undergraduate Major in Commercial Music Production

CCM is now accepting applications for an innovative new bachelor of music degree in Commercial Music Production (CMP) that will be offered beginning fall semester 2012. This unique program combines core training in music theory, composition, arranging and musicianship with recording studio techniques, commercial music, songwriting, film scoring and media technologies.

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Learn More About Ohio’s Latest Center of Excellence

Last Thursday, Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut announced that the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music had become Ohio’s latest Center of Excellence.

The Ohio Board of Regents has now launched their official site for the Center of Excellence in Music and Theatre Arts. You can learn more about this designation (and why CCM received it) here.

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Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut names CCM an Ohio Center of Excellence. Photography by Lisa Ventre, UC Photographic Services.

CCM Named An Ohio Center of Excellence in Special Ceremonies This Evening

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A tradition of excellence dating back to 1867 was recognized tonight in special ceremonies led by Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut. In an evening ceremony in the lobby of UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater, Chancellor Fingerhut, UC President Gregory H. Williams, CCM Interim Dean Frank Weinstock and distinguished alumna Pamela Myers (BFA, ‘69) as well as students, patrons, staff and faculty, gathered to recognize the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) as an Ohio Center of Excellence in Music and Theatre Arts. Ceremonies preceded this evening’s sold-out performance of Jonathan Larson’s Rent.

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Union Baptist Church Presents CCM Alumna’s “Christmas Cantata”

In 1953, Loretta Catherine Cessor Manggrum became the first African American to receive a degree from CCM. On Sunday, Dec. 12, the Loretta Manggrum Chorale under the direction of Eric B. Oliver will honor her legacy with a presentation of A Christmas Cantata (one of Manggrum’s compositions) at Union Baptist Church in Cincinnati. This event begins at 5 p.m. on Dec. 12 and is open to the general public.

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Two CCM Faculty Members Collaborate on New Ballet

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CCM Professors Miguel Roig-Francolí (Composition and Theory) and Jiang Qi (Dance) are collaborating on a new work set to premiere on December 10 in New York City. Jiang has choreographed a new ballet to Roig-Francolí’s Five Pieces for Orchestra, a work written in 1980. The new ballet, titled Wu/Xing-Five Elements, will be performed by Dance China NY, of which Jiang is Artistic Director.

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