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CCM Honors 2017 Faculty Retirees

This spring, CCM paid tribute to seven retiring faculty members who gave 171 years of combined service to CCM. These members of the CCM family have dedicated themselves to continuing the college’s legacy as a leading training center for the performing and media arts.

Retiring Faculty Members Share Memories:

Lee Fiser (2nd left) in the LaSalle Quartet, CCM’s string-quartet-in-residence from 1953-88.

Lee Fiser (2nd left) in the LaSalle Quartet, CCM’s string-quartet-in-residence from 1953 to 1988.

When I started fall 1975, DVAC was the Schmidlapp Gymnasium, Memorial was a women’s dorm, the main way to the garage was from Calhoun down to CCM garage — the connector tunnel didn’t exist. Werner Hall and Starbucks weren’t here and CCM had about half of the students it does now. It was an exciting time for me, as I was starting in LaSalle Quartet. We did four concerts a year in Corbett and two-to-four international tours a year. I worked with so many wonderful colleagues over all these years, some are sadly no longer with us. Almost my whole professional life has been at CCM, more than four decades worth of experiences. – Lee Fiser
Allen Otte (center) in Percussion Group Cincinnati, ensemble-in-residence at CCM.

Allen Otte (center) in Percussion Group Cincinnati, ensemble-in-residence at CCM.

There’s something a touch poetic for me about retiring along with Lee Fiser — the final retirement from the LaSalle String Quartet. I came to the CCM faculty as a quite young person. It was the Quartet members who were instrumental in getting Percussion Group Cincinnati the appointment to CCM. Some of my strongest memories of that first decade here are the Quartet’s concerts on Corbett stage, and I endeavored to live up to the beautiful standards that they had set. I wanted a percussion group in the late 20th century to be able to function just as the greatest string quartets always had, and I am grateful to CCM for giving me and my colleagues that opportunity and support. – Allen Otte
Rodney and Mary Stucky, both CCM faculty members.

Rodney and Mary Stucky, both CCM faculty members.

 

Some of my favorite times at CCM revolve around hearing and interacting with such a wonderful faculty, be it at their concerts, at committee meetings, or in day-by-day interaction. I feel honored to have worked with such stellar teachers and artists! – Mary Stucky
Kimberly Daniel de Acha (far left) rehearsing with fellow CCM students in 1969.

Kimberly Daniel de Acha (far left) rehearsing with fellow CCM students in 1969.

This year marks my 48th year of continuous work — 21 years as a singer/actress, and another 20 years as a college professor and theatre producer. In 2009 my husband and I retired to Cincinnati, where I received an unexpected invitation to return to CCM — my alma mater — to teach musical theatre voice as an adjunct professor. These past seven years have been a total joy. I call it simply “the gift I gave myself.” As an older professional, it means so much to continue to contribute and feel appreciated. I’ve been truly honored to work with wonderful colleagues and to have been given the opportunity to teach and mentor my talented and remarkable students. A number of my students surprised me in New York with a champagne brunch on April 2 to celebrate my retirement. I have no words to express what that meant to me, and the joy I feel, seeing them claim their places on Broadway and other stages, following their dreams. I would like to thank UC for recognizing and honoring the work of adjunct faculty. It is rare for a university to recognize adjunct contributions, and I salute UC for doing so. I’ll be forever grateful that I have been able to come full circle, and share the training I received at CCM with another generation of students. CCM is about to celebrate its 150th anniversary. I look forward to continuing to serve on the CCMpower board, raising money for scholarships, and helping to ensure that CCM will be here for another 150 years, training and graduating outstanding music professionals. – Kimberly Daniel de Acha
Patti James (bottom right) with her students.

Patti James (bottom right) with her students.

 

In 1999, I received a call asking me to teach at CCM. Who would have thought that almost two decades later my passion for teaching has only increased because of the talented students and faculty that I have had the pleasure of working with! Thank you all so much! – Patti James
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