Despite being physically separated, CCM faculty, staff and students are working hard to stay connected online. Interim Head of Ensembles and Conducting and Director of Wind Studies Kevin Michael Holzman recently hosted CCM's Graduate Conducting Seminar online. In addition to holding online classes, Holzman invited three incoming students to connect with current students in a virtual hangout. "We may be far apart, but we're still having fun," he says.
Holzman also worked with CCM Professor of Horn Denise Tryon and Liz Freimuth, Principal French Horn at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, to adjudicate CCM's virtual Andrew Howell Horn Scholarship Competition. The college also restructured its annual Opera Scholarship Competition so it was held online and moved both the Musical Theatre Senior Showcase and the Acting Senior Showcase online.
Additionally, patrons who miss seeing our student stars perform in person can tune in to performance videos shared in the college's new e-newsletter, CCMONSTAGE Online. The weekly e-newsletter shares videos, stories and other resources designed to help us stay connected even when we have to temporarily stay apart. Subscribe online to start receiving the e-newsletter.
“I miss seeing and hearing my students in person and can’t wait for that time,” Rafferty says. “I also miss the community of our studio class and spending time together. It’s a surreal time and I’m looking forward to us coming out of this well as a society.”