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CCM expands global network with more opportunites for faculty and students

Faculty and students have the chance to exhange ideas and study abroad in Brazil, England, Austria, Ireland, Germany and more

CCM is elevating its international reputation by creating and expanding opportunities for faculty and students to work and study abroad.

“We want our students and faculty to be part of a global network of alumni and artists — to experience other cultures, other languages and other ways of looking at and creating art,” says CCM Dean Stanley E. Romanstein. “CCM is cultivating these opportunities so we can provide students with more hands-on learning experiences that prepare them to take the next steps in their lives and careers.”

Students in the CCM Jazz Orchestra, led by Professor and Director of Jazz Studies Scott Belck, recently traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil, in June with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO). As the first Jazz at Lincoln Center College Affiliate, the CCM Jazz Orchestra participated in education activities, master classes and performances throughout the week-long Brazilian residency.

These opportunities are not only focused on students. Electronic Media professor Hagit Limor has worked on building an immersive multimedia education tool that would bring viewers inside the journey of a Holocaust survivor, with lessons to inspire action against future acts of hatred and bigotry. The project, titled “Moniek’s Legacy,” is named after Limor’s father and focuses on his experience as a Holocaust survivor. Limor will take students in her fall 2019 Media Topics class to Poland and Germany as they work to complete the project.

Learn more about some of CCM’s international initiatives below.

Left to right: Scott Belck, Wynton Marsalis and Stanley Romanstein.

Left to right: Scott Belck, Wynton Marsalis and Stanley Romanstein.

The CCM Jazz Orchestra, led by Scott Belck, traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 23, 2019, for a week-long residency with American trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO). This trip marks the beginning of the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s inaugural College Affiliate program, which invites top-ranked jazz programs in the U.S. to join the famed orchestra on tour for educational residencies. These residencies offer unprecedented educational access for students and provide performance and teaching experience for participants. As the first Jazz at Lincoln Center College Affiliate, the CCM Jazz Orchestra participated in a workshop with Marsalis, rehearsed and performed with JLCO musicians and had all-access to JLCO education events, workshops, lectures and master classes. The student ensemble also opened for the JLCO on a selected concert during the tour.

Hagit Limor and her father, Menachem “Moniek” Limor.

Hagit Limor and her father, Menachem “Moniek” Limor.

E-Media professor Hagit Limor will take her fall 2019 Media Topics class on an immersive study abroad experience to produce a multimedia and virtual reality project. Moniek’s Legacy will be used to fight modern acts of hatred by bringing its viewers inside the story of a Holocaust survivor. It will be broken up into virtual chapters to create a platform for civil discussion and will challenge participants to consider their actions when confronted with bigotry. With support from a generous Harmony Fund grant, the class will offer an interdisciplinary experience by combining CCM students with students majoring in programs like journalism, political science, history, Judaic studies and more. Students will travel from Warsaw to Czestochowa in Poland and will tour the Auschwitz Concentration camp before traveling to Frankfort, Germany. Once completed, Moniek’s Legacy will be used in educational outreach initiatives at the Cincinnati Museum’s Holocaust and Humanity Center. “For years, I’ve watched as my father lost the words to a story that only grew in relevance,” says Limor.” Eventually he could no longer share his wisdom with students as he had for decades before. I want to create a mechanism for relating these lessons to outlive not only my father, but his daughter as well.”

Acting professor D’Arcy Smith was invited to teach classes at the Royal Center School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD) in London, England in May 2019. For the past five years, Smith has recruited MFA voice students from RCSSD to come to Cincinnati to finish their training at CCM. The students spend their first year in London and their second year of training is spent entirely under CCM guidance and mentorship as they work with students in CCM’s Acting, Opera, Voice and Musical Theatre programs. This summer while at RCSSD, Smith worked to expand CCM’s partnership with the school to create a new study abroad experience in May 2020. CCM students will spend 12 days at RCSSD to learn voice, dialects and acting for Shakespeare. “While there, they will have a truly immersive experience as they interact with both teachers and students,” Smith says. Two CCM faculty members will also travel with the students to lead workshops in voice, dialects, acting, movement and/or stage combat. Smith adds: “This is a major professional development opportunity and will provide an exchange of ideas and allow for that exchange to be brought back to UC.”

CCM student Rin Wallace attended the 2019 Dublin Summer Intensive Acting workshop at the National Theatre School of Ireland Gaiety School of Acting thanks to a scholarship offered through CCM Acting. The program is taught in partnership with the Institute for the International Education of Students, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing world-class study abroad opportunities for college students. The six-week program, which ran from June 5-July 20, 2019, focused on the literary traditions of Ireland and contemporary Irish theatre. This opportunity is supported by the Andrew Huyler Ramsey CCM Acting Summer Scholarship, which covers the full tuition of the study abroad workshop. The scholarship is in memory of Ramsey, a CCM Acting student who passed away due to complications from an epileptic seizure while he studied abroad in 2017. This is the second year CCM Acting has offered the scholarship. The program will continue with another scholarship-driven study abroad opportunity in the summer of 2020.

Associate Professor of Music Education Eva Floyd and Professor of Musicology and Theory Jonathan Kregor are leading a study abroad trip that will take students in an undergraduate honors seminar to Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria in December 2020. The classroom experience will focus on reading, discussing and writing about aspects of Austro-Hungarian music, literature and art. Students will learn how political, economic, artistic and other cultural forces established Budapest and Vienna as unique centers of artistic creation. During the 10-day trip, students will attend concerts and visit historic sites to deepen their appreciation and understanding of the rich cultural identity of these two cities.