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Student Achievements

Jerod Sommerfeldt (DMA, 2009)

  • Appointment to the faculty of Miami (OH) University, teaching coursework in music technology, theory, and aural skills.
  • Two ASCAPlus awards (2010 - 2011)
  • The Graduate Assistant Excellence in Teaching Award from CCM (2011)
  • A new recording of my electronic and computer music work.  The album is titled Pareidolia and is released on the German netlabel petcord.
  • Participation in the 2011 SEAMUS conference in Miami, FL where my video work Linear was performed.
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Quinn Collins (BM, 2005)

  • Currently pursuing MFA/PhD in composition - Princeton University
  • 2009 - MM in Composition - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • Kyklos, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Andrew Kozar, loadbang, CalState
  • Fresno Percussion Ensemble, University of Illinois New Music Ensemble
  • ogni suono saxophone duo, TV Buddha Ensemble, and others


  • 2010 - Sentieri Selvaggi's Masterclass with David Lang - Milan, Italy
  • 2009 - Oregon Bach Festival Composer's Symposium - Eugene, OR
  • 2008 - Music 08 Festival - Cincinnati, OH
  • 2006 - Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute - North Adams, MA
  • 2006 - Young Composers Meeting - Apeldoorn, The Netherlands


  • "Cyclical Form and Temporality in Beethoven's Sonata in A Major, Op. 101," Arietta - Journal of the  Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, Issue 7 (Spring 2010)


  • Frank E. Taplin Fellowship at Princeton University
  • ASCAPlus Awards 2007-2011
  • Sentieri Selvaggi's Masterclass with David Lang - Honorable Mention Award

Theatrical Sound Design

  • Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble - Bloomsburg, PA
  • Bloomsburg Players - Bloomsburg, PA
  • Laurie McCants - Bloomsburg, PA
  • Mystic Vision Players - Rahway, NJ

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Nebojsa Macura (DMA, 2011)

  • Conducted a performance of my work Echoes of Rascia as part of the California State University-Bakersfield Concert Band Guest Composer Concert Series, June 2010
  • Echoes of Rascia was performed at Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference, University of South Carolina, November 2010
  • Composer-in-Residence, Xavier University Symphonic Winds, Cincinnati, OH, March 2011; residency included overseeing the world premiere of Chochek Rhapsody, a work commissioned by the ensemble

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Christopher Stark (MM ‘07)

Recent Awards

  • 2011 - 2012-13 Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship – Umbertide, Italy
  • 2011 - SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition – Region II Winner
  • 2011 - MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year Award – Honorable Mention
  • 2011 - ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennel Prize – Honorable Mention
  • 2011 - Utah Arts Festival Orchestra Commission Competition – Winner
  • 2010 - American Composers Orchestra Underwood Commission Competition – Winner
  • 2010 - ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award

Recent Festival Participation

  • 2011 - SONiC: Sounds of a New Century – Carnegie Hall, New York, New York
  • 2011 - Aspen Music Festival Composition Master Class – Aspen, Colorado
  • 2010 - American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings – New York, NY
  • 2010 - Buffalo Philharmonic Young Composers Forum – Buffalo, New York
  • 2010 - Dinosaur Annex Young Composers Festival – Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2009 - Composers Conference at Wellesley College – Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • 2008 - FUBiS – Freie Universität Berlin Summer Composition Course – Berlin, Germany


  • 2011 - Featured on Performance Today website:
  • 2011 - New York Times Review:
  • 2010 - New York Times Review:

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Wenhui Xie (DMA, CCM 2010)

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, China Conservatory of Music since 2011
  • Teaching Assistant, CCM 2007-2011

Recent submissions

  • Aspen Music Festival and School, Aspen, CO, 2011
  • International Young Composers Meeting, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, 2011
  • Concert:Nova “Carnival Project”, Cincinnati, OH, 2010
  • MusicX Festival, Blonay, Switzerland, 2010
  • CCM Philharmonia Orchestra, CCM, 2009
  • Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena, Italy, 2009
  • MusicX Festival, CCM, 2006,2008
  • Dance China, NYC, 2006

Recent Performances

  • Aspen Music Festival, Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, CO, August 2011.
  • Wenhui Xie’s DMA Recital, Werner Recital Hall, CCM, May 2011.
  • NODUS Ensemble, Wolfsonian Museum, Miami Beach, FL, April 2011.
  • Orkest de Ereprijs, Gigant, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, February 2011.
  • Music10 Festival, Hindemith Music Center, Blonay, Switzerland, June 2010.
  • EOS Percussion Ensemble, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China, May 2010.
  • Concert:Nova Ensemble, Mickey Jarson Kaplan Performance Studio, Cincinnati, OH, May 2010.
  • Robert Avalon Ensemble, University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas, May 2010.
  • CCM Philharmonia Orchestra, Corbett Auditorium, CCM, April 2010.
  • CCM Chamber Players, Werner Recital Hall, CCM, April 2010.
  • Hamiruge-LSU Percussion Group, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, March 2010.
  • Rivers Ensemble, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Shanghai, China, December 2009
  • Accademia Musicale Chigiana Ensemble, Siena, Italy, August 2009
  • SHSU Percussion Ensemble, Sam Houston State University School of Music, Huntsville, TX, April 2009.
  • Music08 Festival, Werner Recital Hall, CCM, June 2008
  • China Conservatory Chorale, Central Conservatory of Music, December 2007
  • CCM Philharmonia Orchestra, Corbett Auditorium, CCM, January 2007
  • Dance China, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NYC, September 2006
  • Music06 Festival, Werner Recital Hall, CCM, June 2006


  • MacDowell Colony, 2009

Select Recordings and Publications

  • ZhuangZi Butterfly Dreaming, cd (Beijing: Global Audio-Visual Publishing House, 2011)
  • Piano Music Collection, ed. Ye, Xiaogang (Beijing: Central Conservatory of Music Press, 2010)
  • The Prized Piano Compositions in Palatino Awards, ed. Chen, Danbu (Beijing: Central Conservatory of Music Press, 2008)
  • Three Hundred Chinese Folk Songs, ed. Zhou, Xiaoquan (Beijing: People’s Music Publishing House, 2005)


  • IAWM Congress on Women in Music, Beijing, China, April 2008
  • MidWest Composers Symposium, University of Iowa School of Music, Iowa City, IA, February 2008

Grants and Fellowships

  • American Music Center Grant, 2011
  • Norton Stevens Fellowship, 2010
  • Lucille Karam Memorial Endowment, 2009
  • Leon Levy Foundation Grant, 2009
  • Friends of CCM Grant, 2008-2011
  • UC-GSGA Grant, 2008-2011

Honors and Awards

  • The First place winner in the Young Composers’ Project of the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Beijing, China, 2010.
  • The Second Place winner in the Robert Avalon Competition for Composers, Houston, TX, 2010.
  • The winner in the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Composition Contest, CCM, 2010.
  • The First place winner in the Rivers Awards Composition Competition, Shanghai, China, 2009.
  • The winner in the Louisiana State University Percussion Society Composition Contest, Baton Rouge, LA, 2009.
  • The winner in the Sam Houston State University Percussion Ensemble Composition Contest, Huntsville, TX, 2009.

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Jennifer Jolley (DMA, 2012)

Academic Appointment or other Job appointment related to music

  • Northern Kentucky University, Adjunct Professor, Theory


  • 2011 Sigma Alpha Iota Commission, Eta-Iota Chapter, Jessica McCafferty, president
  • 2010 University of Cincinnati Graduate School
  • 2010 concert:nova’s “Carnival of the Animals” Project
  • 2009 Xavier University Symphonic Winds, Matthew Westgate, conductor
  • 2009 Rebecca Danard, clarinetist
  • 2009 Michael Nowicki and Phylis Bishop
  • 2008 Bard Orchestra featuring Kelley O’Connor; Nathan Madsen, conductor

Important performances

  • The Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble performed "Flight 710 to Cabo San Lucas" as part of their April concerts in Burlington, Montpelier, and Middlebury, VT, 2011
  • The Bard Orchestra performed "All Grief Empty, the Clear Night Passes" for orchestra in April 2010


  • 2010 Music10 Composer Fellow
  • 2010 Xavier University Composer-in-Residence
  • 2009 Accent09 Composer Fellow
  • 2008 Bard Conducting Institute (Conductor-Composer Program) 
  • 2008 Music08 Composer Fellow

Conference participation/appearances/papers/performances

  • 2011 Masterclass Participation in MATA’s Make Music Winter Winter Festival with Phil Kline
  • 2011 Presentation at the University of Texas Austin’s Conference Gamma-UT


  • 2011 Louis Rockwood Grant Award from UC College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning 


  • 2010 Nominated for the American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Scholarship
  • 2009 CCM Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Composer Competition, First Place

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Michael Ippolito (BM Music Composition 2007)

Current DMA (expected graduation 2014) at The Juilliard School studying with John Corigliano


  • Associate Artistic Director, Making Score Program of New York Youth Symphony (since 2009)
  • Faculty, Juilliard Evening Division (since 2011)


  • ensemble 20/21 (Cologne, Germany) (2011)
  • University of Georgia Wind Ensemble (2011)
  • janus trio (Brooklyn) (2010)
  • New York Choreographic Institute (2010)
  • Albany Symphony (2009)


  • Palmer Dixon Prize - The Juilliard School (2009)
  • Charles Ives Scholarship - American Academy of Arts and Letters (2011)

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Lindsey Jacob


Lindsey Jacob is the winner of the 2011 Xavier University Symphonic Winds Young Composer Commissioning Project. The ensemble premiered the commissioned work in Spring 2012.


Lindsey Jacob was in residency with the Xavier University Symphonic Winds, Spring 2012.

Conference participation/appearances/papers/performances

Lindsey Jacob’s Saxophone Remix (fixed media) was accepted for performance at The Society for Electro-acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) 2011 National Conference. Saxophone Remix was also selected for the Byte Gallery International Exhibition at Transylvania University, Summer 2011.

Lindsey Jacob performed with the Cincinnati Composers Laptop Orchestra Project (CiCLOP) at the 2011 Studio 300 Digital Art and Music Festival at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Christopher Watts (DMA 2002)

Granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Music at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. He teaches courses in music technology, composition, computer music, physics of music, and multimedia. He also holds an administrative appointment as director of the Newell Center for Arts Technology— shared spaces used by faculty and students in music, art, film, theater, dance, and communication studies.

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Carrie Magin (DMA 2013)

Academic Appointment or other Job appointment related to music

  • Accent11 Faculty (Theory)


  • Kenyon Williams, Professor of Percussion at Minnesota State University Moorhead ("Capriccio")
  • Akron Youth Symphony  ("Miles of Gold")

Important performances

  • Eastman Women in Music Festival ("Two Places" and "Spilberk")   
  • Midwest Composers Symposium ("Hegira" and "Charrette")
  • Music10 ("Sheer Meridian")
  • Music08 ("Spilberk")
  • Académie Musicale de Villecroze ("Spilberk")


  • Buffalo Philharmonic Young Composers Forum (for "Miles of Gold") (reading by Buffalo Philharmonic)
  • Orchestra 60x60 ("Miles of Gold")
  • Indianapolis Symphony Glick Young Composers Competition in 2010 (finalist) 


  • Strategic Opportunity Stipend from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2008)
  • Fulbright Teaching Assistantship

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Michael Barnhart (DMA 2007)

Working on a collaboration with MAX and a midi grand piano
Links to the Cage Realizations that came out on Mode this year

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Sangbong Nam (DMA 2013)


  • Selected piece, 2011 ICMC in UK, "Awaken"
  • Award of Tangeman Sacred Music Center Fund ($2600), "Awaken II: An electronic music piece composed using the sound from a Buddhist temple in Korea."
  • Second prize of 2011 ASCAP/SEAMUS student commission. "Awaken"
  • Selected piece, 2011 The view from the edge II, "Begin on middle C"
  • Selected piece, 2010 Sonic Exploration "Shift No.2", "Awaken"
  • Selected piece, 2010 Midwest Composer Symposium "Gradation"
  • Selected piece, 2009 ICMC in Montreal, "Shift No.1"


  • President of CCM Korean Student Association (2010)
  • Director of 13th Korean Student Concert (2010)

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Douglas Pew (DMA, 2010)


  • 2011 – The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University-Commission Award (to write a new set of solo piano pieces ca 25 min. for Mark Tollesfen, CCM pianist)
  • 2011 – Fulbright Grant, to study choral composition at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music with Paweł Łukaszewski (and working as the assistant conductor to the Musica Sacra Warsaw-Praga Cathedral Choir)
  • 2011 – Tangeman Sacred Music Center Grant, choral commission for consortium of 10 International choirs (the piece is called 'Ave Redemptor', it will be recorded on the new CD of the Musica Sacra Warsaw-Praga Cathedral Choir this coming spring)
  • 2011 – Finale Composition Competition with Eighth Blackbird, Honorable Mention
  • 2010 – Tangeman Sacred Music Center Grant, funds used for travel to Chile to study the language and musical culture of the Mapuch Indians
  • 2010 – Aspen Susan and Ford Schuman Award
  • 2009 – SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Commission, 1st prize
  • 2009 – Renee B. Fisher Composer Awards for 2010 & 2011 piano competition, Alternate Composer
  • 2009 – Tyler Youth Orchestra Commission, Finalist
  • 2008 – ASCAP/Frederick Fennel Prize, honorable mention   
  • 2008 – ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award


  • 2012 – Jesus Savior Pilot Me, Mixed Chorus and Piano, Sonos Music Group
  • 2012 – My Heavenly Father Loves Me, Mixed Chorus and Piano, Sonos Music Group
  • 2011 – Ubi Caritas, for Women’s Chorus (SSSAAA), Boosey & Hawkes
  • 2009 – Principle Player Vol. 1, 10 LDS Hymn Arrangements for Solo String Instruments and Piano
  • Sonos Music Group, Orem, Utah; Piano Accompaniment (#01706), Violin Solo (#01707), Viola
  • Solo (#01708), Cello Solo (#01709), Accompaniment Compact Disc (#05019)
  • 2006 – Principle Player Vol. 2, 8 LDS Hymn Arrangements for Solo String Instruments and Piano
  • Sonos Music Group, Orem, Utah; Piano Accompaniment (#01345), Violin Solo (#01346), viola
  • Solo (#01364), Cello Solo (#01376)
  • 2005 – Hark All Ye Nations, Mixed Chorus and Organ, Pioneer Press, Orem, Utah, (#01582)
  • 2005 – Jack Johnson Anthology, 6 piano arrangements, ISBN 1-57560-851-0
  • 2004 – 80 Most Requested LDS Songs – Piano Vocal, 35 piano arrangements, ISBN 1-88647-296-3


  • 2011 – Paisajes del Poeta, Solo Piano – Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at BYU
  • 2011 – Ave Redemptor, Women’s Chorus a cappella – Tangeman Sacred Music Center
  • 2011 – God Is Our Refuge and Strength, Mixed Chorus and Organ – Disciples of Christ Church
  • 2011 – Lautraro Ñi Pülli, Cello and Flute with dramatic dialogue – University of Cincinnati Café MoMus
  • 2011 – Rondas, SATB a cappella – University of Cincinnati-CCM Concert Chorale
  • 2010 – Sapiyuq Llaqtakuna, Soprano and Percussion Ensemble – SCI National Conference
  • 2010 – A La Orilla Azul del Silencio, 2 Pianos – Aspen Music Festival
  • 2010 – En Los Muros de Arles, Soprano, Clarinet, and Percussion – Music10 Festival
  • 2010 – Long Live the Weeds, Mezzo and Wind Ensemble – Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble
  • 2010 – The Swan, Small Ensemble – Concert:Nova Cincinnati
  • 2010 – Canción de los que Buscan Olvidar, SATB and Marimba – University of Cincinnati Men’s and Women’s Chorus
  • 2009 – En Comunión, Solo Violin – Violin Futura
  • 2008 – An American in Paris by George Gershwin, Violin and Orchestra (Heifetz transcription for piano), Temple Hill Symphony Orchestra
  • 2008 – Trombone Quartet, Graduate Trombone Quartet, University of Cincinnati-CCM
  • 2007 – Suite from Catfish Row, music from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, Soprano and Concert Band, Brigham Young University-Idaho Concert Band

Festivals/private study

  • 2010 – Aspen Music Festival and School – Teacher: Sydney Hodkinson
  • 2010 – R. Murray Schafer, Indian River, Canada – private composition study
  • 2010 – MusicX Festival, Blonay, Switzerland – Teachers: Martin Bresnick, Stephen Hartke
  • 2009 – AccentX Festival, Cincinnati, OH – Teacher: Martin Bresnick
  • 2008 – MusicX Festival, Cincinnati, OH – Teacher: Joel Hoffman

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Margaret Schedel

An Assistant Professor of Music at Stony Brook University, Margaret Anne Schedel is a composer and cellist specializing in the creation and performance of ferociously interactive media. She is Vice President for Conferences of the International Computer Music Association.

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Ivica Ico Bukvic

Co-director of Creative Technologies in the Arts and Design and founder of Digital Interactive Sound and Intermedia Studio at Virginia Tech, and director of the Linux Audio Consortium.

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Angelique Poteat (MM 2011)


CD Release of "A Perspective"
Released on the Beauport Classical label by flutist Catherine Branch

FUBi S International Summer Institute
Studied with Samuel Adler for 6 weeks in Berlin


VSA International Arts Festival
"A Perspective" performed as part of Music of Difference

Midwest Composer’s Symposium
“Cyclic Complement” performed


ASCAP Young Composer Awards - Honorable Mention