CCM Village in the spring of 2014. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM Welcomes John Martin as Assistant Dean of Preparatory and Community Engagement

CCM Dean Peter Landgren has announced the appointment of John William Martin to the position of Assistant Dean of Preparatory and Community Engagement at CCM. Martin comes to CCM shortly after finishing his tenure as Executive Director of the Brookline Music School, a preparatory-style, community arts education institution in Brookline, Massachusetts.

John William Martin begins his tenure as CCM's Assistant Dean of Preparatory and Community Engagement on Monday, April 13, 2015.

John William Martin.

In addition to Brookline, he has built a long career as a music administrator dating back to the 1980s: director of admissions and founding director of the Community Music School at Michigan State University; coordinator of music services, director of the Celebrity Artists Series and instructor in the Music Administration program at the University of Alabama; director of the Wausau Conservatory of Music in Wisconsin; and arts coordinator for the Jefferson County School system in Florida.

As a flutist, Martin’s performing career has also been impressive. He served as principal flutist of the Wausau (WI) Symphony Chamber Orchestra and associate principal flutist with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. He has also had several engagements as a teacher: flute instructor for the University of Wisconsin-Marathon Center, visiting lecturer for the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and an artist-in-residence for the state arts councils of Florida, Wisconsin and Alabama.

Martin is currently a board member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and has served as chairperson of the Guild’s Central Great Lakes Chapter, as well a member of the Council of School Directors and the membership committee. He has served as a consultant to numerous community and university arts programs throughout the country and has been a participant in the National Guild’s Management Assessment Training Program.

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, John William Martin received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Montevallo (AL). He then earned a master of music degree in flute performance from Florida State University, where he studied under Charles DeLaney.

Martin’s other interests have included collaborations as both performer and composer with numerous dance companies including Happendance (Michigan’s oldest, continuing professional company), Children’s Dance Touring Theatre of Florida and dancers from the Martha Graham Company. He served as an officer on the board of directors and production manager of the Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan, 2003-09.

Martin’s appointment reflects CCM’s ongoing commitment to enhancing its already innovative educational and community outreach programs. Martin officially joins CCM on Monday, April 13, 2015. Please join us in welcoming him to the CCM family!

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CCM Productions Win Big at League of Cincinnati Theatres’ 2014 Awards Ceremony

League of Cincinnati TheatresWinners of the League of Cincinnati Theatres’ (LCT) 2013-14 Season Awards were announced on Monday night, with CCM faculty members, students and productions taking home a number of awards, including:

  • Best Musical (Tie): CCM’s Les Miserables (tied with Carnegie Theatre’s Chicago)
  • Choreography (Tie): Diane Lala and Patti James for CCM’s Singin’ in the Rain (tied with David Baum for Carnegie Theatre’s Chicago)
  • Music Direction: Steve Goers for CCM’s Les Miserables
  • Scenic Design: Mark Halpin for CCM’s Singin’ in the Rain
  • Ensemble in a Musical: CCM’s Les Miserables
  • Lead Actor in a Musical: Blaine Krauss in CCM’s Les Miserables
  • Featured Actor in a Musical: Matthew Paul Hill in CCM’s Les Miserables
  • Featured Actress in a Musical: Jenny Hickman in CCM’s Carrie

Faculty member Kelly Yurko also received a Special Contribution Award for her prosthetic design for Clifton Players’ production of The Whale. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

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CCM Presents Wickedly Witty French Opera ‘L’Étoile’ This Week

Here's a peek at rehearsals for L’Étoile, which runs Feb. 14 - 16, 2014.

Here’s a peek at rehearsals for L’Étoile, which runs Feb. 14 – 16, 2014.

CCM’s acclaimed Studio Series continues this month with a vivacious new production of Emmanuel Chabrier’s three-act opera L’Étoile. Performed in French with English supertitles, L’Étoile runs Feb. 14-16 in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

Conducted by guest artist Kevin Murphy with stage direction by CCM’s J. Ralph Corbett Distinguished Chair in Opera Robin Guarino, L’Étoile is set in a mystical fairy tale kingdom where lovelorn hopes, turned tables and comedic misunderstandings inevitably lead to a happy ending.

“It’s a story of ‘boy meets girl’ after wishing on a star,” Guarino explains. Audiences will delight in this comedic opera, full of outlandish characters who know how to deliver an aria. Guarino describes CCM’s production as “an elegant and absurdist romp with a hint of political satire.”

CCM welcomes guest speaker and dramaturg Cori Ellison for a pre-performance lecture at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, in Mary Emery Hall Room 3225. This talk is free and open to the general public.

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