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Starling Project Cincinnati students pop up at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Starling Project Cincinnati students "pop up" at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

CCM's Student Artist Program Connects Our Stars-of-Tomorrow with the Community

Anne Cushing-Reid joined CCM as Director of Community Engagement in September of 2014. With her first school year now officially behind her, she provides us with an update on how her office helps CCM serve the community by bringing people together and making the tri-state a great place to live, work, play and stay!


CCM is well known for developing amazing musicians. One of the opportunities we make available to these student artists is to perform their music, often in preparation for recitals, in community settings. The CCM Student Artist Program draws from CCM’s deep talent pool of performers including pianists, vocalists and many other instrumentalists.

The feedback we receive after each performance is always excellent, reflecting our vision of UnCompromising Excellence. More than once, partner organizations have commented on the maturity and ability of the students to share insights and information about the works they perform. A note from Mary Morrin, a resident at the Brideway Pointe assisted living community, says it all:

The collaboration between CCM and Bridgeway Pointe certainly enriches our lives. Today we enjoyed an electrifying performance by Karen Zhang. She was informative and exciting to watch. Thanks very much for furthering these wonderful talents.

Similarly, when CCM Opera students Jason Weisinger and Talya Lieberman performed at Evergreen Retirement Community, comments were unanimous noting their beautiful voices and enjoyable program, which included selections from Opera to Broadway. Talya especially thanked Seybold-Russell Award sponsor and Evergreen resident, Trudy Seybold, for her special support.

From left to right: CCM students Jason Weisinger and Talya Lieberman with Seybold-Russell Award sponsor Trudy Seybold.

From left to right: CCM students Jason Weisinger and Talya Lieberman with Seybold-Russell Award sponsor Trudy Seybold.

A collaboration with ArtsWave and CVG (yes, the airport!), allowed CCM students to “pop-up” as a special welcome to weary travelers. Members of Starling Project Cincinnati even performed on the train taking people to the baggage claim area!

In the spirit of ONECCM, we also offer our non-collegiate students the occasional opportunity to perform in community settings. Adult students from the CCM Preparatory Adult Chamber Music program performed at Maple Knoll Village retirement community to a full auditorium. These non-traditional students got a lot from the performance experience. Two performers noted:

Thank you for arranging this! I had fun and I believe everyone else did too! It’s really enjoyable to do something for such an appreciative audience. Looking forward to more!
It was so good to be able to play again. Thank you...

Whether providing access for seniors who are no longer able to get out to performances or offering opportunities for our artists to continue their creative development, the program is one of the key ways CCM connects with our community. Our students gain valuable performance skills and opportunities to practice engaging people young and old. The program is a “win-win” for CCM students and the audiences they serve!