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A photo of the May Festival, America's premier choral festival since 1873.

The May Festival, America's premier choral festival since 1873.

CCM DMA Candidate Daniel Blosser Receives May Festival Choral Conducting Fellowship

CCM DMA candidate Daniel Blosser.

Daniel C. Blosser, a first year musical arts doctoral candidate in CCM's choral   conducting program, has been chosen as the 2014-15 May Festival Choral Conducting Fellow. As Assistant Conductor of the renowned chorus, he will be responsible for running select rehearsals and smaller sectional rehearsals. In addition, Blossler will conduct some concerts within the community.

Before coming to CCM, Blosser earned a bachelor of music in Music Education at the University of Indianapolis and a masters of music in Choral Conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

"It is a tremendous honor to have been selected as the new Conducting Fellow for the May Festival Chorus," he explains. "I am very excited to work with, and learn from, these talented singers."

The logo for Cincinnati's May Festival.

Thanks to the incredible foresight and generosity of Ginger Warner, a Trustee of the University of Cincinnati and a Director Emeritus of the May Festival Board, the May Festival Choral Conducting Fellowship was created in 2013 in collaboration with CCM's Choral Studies program. Each year, the fellow is chosen from CCM's DMA choral conducting program, and will serve as the Assistant Conductor of the May Festival Chorus.

In announcing Blosser's appointment, May Festival Chorus Director Robert Porco remarked, "I am extremely grateful to Ginger Warner for her generosity and her dedication to the arts and education. The May Festival Conducing Fellowship provides us with an exciting opportunity to tutor young choral conductors in the practice of chorus preparation."

According to CCM Director of Choral Studies Earl Rivers, "This fellowship provides unique professional training for our doctoral conducting students, providing them opportunities to conduct rehearsals, as well as to attend May Festival Board and Artistic Planning meetings to learn how a world-renowned Choral Festival is successfully produced."

Blosser's official duties with the May Festival began in August.

About the May Festival
Established in 1873, the May Festival is the oldest continuous choral festival in the Western Hemisphere and one of the only true choral festivals that remains in our country today. Featuring the May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Festival presents concentrated choral repertoire rarely found during the concert season. Five unique concerts are performed over two weekends, resulting in a magnificent array of choral masterpieces and little known gems that provide an unusual choral experience for audience and performers alike.

Inducted into the Greater Cincinnati International Hall of Fame in 2004, the May Festival has earned critical acclaim both nationally and internationally and attracts serious music lovers from all over the world.

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