CCM Orchestral Series Presents



7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023, Corbett Auditorium

CCM Philharmonia

Mark Gibson, music director and conductor
Featuring faculty artist Stuart Skelton, tenor; and alumni guest artist Catherine Martin, mezzo-soprano

CCM's first performance in over a quarter of a century of Mahler's penultimate masterwork features one of the world's outstanding Mahlerians, Stuart Skelton, and acclaimed mezzo-soprano and CCM alumna, Catherine Martin (MM Voice, '09). CCM alumnus Brian Raphael Nabors’ (MM Composition, ’15; DMA Composition, ’19) Onward! opens the concert, an apt prelude to Mahler's discourse on life, love and eternity.

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Musical Selections

Philharmonia Repertoire

  • Onward! (2019) 
    Brian Nabors (b. 1991)                           
    Brian McCann, graduate student conductor 

  • Das Lied von der Erde (1909)
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) 
    Catherine Martin, mezzo-soprano
    Stuart Skelton, tenor 
    • 1. Das Trinklied von Jammer der Erde (tenor)
    • 2. Der Einsame im Herbst (mezzo-sop)
    • 3. Von der Jugend (tenor)
    • 4. Von der Schönheit (mezzo-sop)
    • 5. Der Trunkene im Frühling (tenor)
    • 6. Der Abschied (mezzo-sop)

About Alumni Guest Artist Catherine Martin

Catherine Martin

Praised by The Washington Post for her “gorgeous, warm voice that you want to keep listening to,” American mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin continues to make an impact in repertoire ranging from Verdi and Wagner to Strauss and Bellini. In the 2022-2023 season, Ms. Martin makes her role debut as Fricka in Dayton Opera’s Das Rheingold, bows as Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana with Opera Colorado, returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Eboli (cover) in Don Carlos, returns to Maryland Lyric Opera as Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, and joins Des Moines Metro Opera as Clarice in The Love for Three Oranges. The 2021-2022 brought Ms. Martin to Kentucky Opera for her role debut as Orfeo in Orfeo ed Eurydice, Opera Carolina as Amneris is Aida, Dallas Opera as the Minkswoman in Flight, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, and Maryland Lyric Opera as Eboli in Don Carlos. In the previous season, Ms. Martin appeared as Waltraute in Twilight: Gods with Michigan Opera Theatre and Lyric Opera of Chicago, as Wellgunde in Götterdämmerung with the National Taichung Theatre in Taiwan, the cover of Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking and singing the 2nd Norn in Götterdämmerung and Waltraute in Die Walküre at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and covering Marguerite in Berlioz’s Le damnation de Faust with the Metropolitan Opera.  

Highlights from recent seasons include Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking with Minnesota Opera and Dayton Opera as well as covering Sister Helen at Washington National Opera; performances in various roles from Wagner’s Ring Cycle with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, the Dallas Symphony, and National Taichung Theatre in Taiwan; Amneris in Aïda with Houston Grand Opera, Opera Colorado, and Opera Santa Barbara; Adalgisa in Norma with Florida Grand Opera; Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos at The Glimmerglass Festival; Hécube and covering Didon in Les Troyens with Lyric Opera of Chicago; Maddalena in Rigoletto with New Orleans Opera and Opera Santa Barbara; Herodias in Salome with Dayton Opera; Meg in Falstaff with Intermountain Opera; Leonora in La favorita with New Amsterdam Opera; Wowkle in La fanciulla del West with Maryland Lyric Opera; Annina and the cover of Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier with the National Symphony Orchestra; Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra; and Messiah with the Handel Oratorio Society.

Ms. Martin is also an avid interpreter of contemporary opera. She has appeared as Mary in the world premiere of The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me with Washington National Opera; Genevieve in The Long Christmas Dinner with American Symphony Orchestra; Tamara in Enemies, A Love Story with Kentucky Opera; Eva Crowley in An American Dream with Lyric Opera of Chicago; Sara Miller in Approaching Ali with Washington National Opera; and the world premiere of Angela Rice’s Thy Will Be Done with the National Chorale at Lincoln Center.

An alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio she has performed Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Anna in Maria Stuarda, Flora in La traviata, Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos with HGO. There, she worked extensively with conductor Patrick Summers and covered artists such as Susan Graham, Joyce DiDonato, and Michelle DeYoung in roles such as Der Komponist, Sister Helen, and the title roles of Xerxes and The Rape of Lucretia. She was a member of The Glimmerglass Festival Young Artists Program and was a Filene Young Artist with Wolf Trap Opera. Ms. Martin was a Grand Finalist and the only female representing the United States in the 2017 International Viñas Competition held at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu. She received Richard Tucker Award nominations in 2015, 2016, and 2017 and was 2nd Place winner of the 2016 Maryland Lyric Opera Competition, 2nd place winner in the 2013 Jensen Competition, a semi-finalist in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a finalist in 2012 and an Encouragement Award winner in 2013 in the George London Competition, winner of the 2011 National Opera Association Competition, a semi-finalist in the Hans Belvedere Competition, and has won awards from the Eleanor McCollum Competition at Houston Grand Opera, The Dallas Opera Guild, and Annapolis Opera. She has received The Richard F Gold Career Grant at both Houston Grand Opera and Wolf Trap and the Catherine Filene Shouse Career Grant. A native of San Antonio, Texas, she holds a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas.

About CCM Philharmonia

The CCM Philharmonia, under the direction of Professor and CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson, is recognized as one of the world’s elite conservatory orchestras. The breadth of each season’s concert series rivals many of the world’s great performing organizations, and the Philharmonia presents a body of repertoire that encompasses more than what most conservatories venture to program. The close bond between the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and CCM’s orchestral program invigorates student conductors and instrumentalists alike, and CCM’s commitment to high standards enriches the cultural life of Greater Cincinnati. 

the flair and technique of a professional ensemble

Rafael's Music Notes


Philharmonia Roster

Mark Gibson, music director


Violin I

  • Cassidy Franzmeier, concertmaster
  • Yasmine Bougacha, assistant
  • Gabby Sewell
  • Alayne Wegner
  • Zhe Xiao
  • Natalie Orth
  • Danbi Choi
  • Amelia Korbitz
  • Yu-Ting Chiu
  • Ava Shedd
  • Riki Nagai
  • Sejin Byun

Violin II

  • Clara Brown, principal
  • KayCee Galano, assistant
  • Yinyin Sun
  • Jiayi Sun
  • Kirin Rajamani
  • Ju-Young Lee
  • Madeline C. Marshall
  • Rafael Roig-Francoli
  • Andrew Smeader
  • Emma Joyce


  • Tyler McKisson, principal
  • Melissa Peraza, assistant
  • Celeste Meisel
  • Yufeng Lin
  • Lila Reeser
  • Yue Qin
  • Nathaniel Sendi
  • Peng-Huei Shen                                                     
  • Lauryn Koeppel                                            
  • Murphy Combs
  • Emily Stegmuller
  • Cristian Diaz


  • Jacqueline Pegis, principal
  • Abigail Leidy, assistant
  • Samantha Powell
  • Anna Macintosh
  • Hye-Jeong Oh
  • Joe Kovac
  • Lucas Orth
  • Liam Maliner
  • Luis Parra


  • Taiga Benito, principal
  • Hollie Greenwood, assistant
  • Brooks Salloum
  • Corey Watzek
  • Lorenzo Nigrelli
  • Kaleb Collins
  • Nicholas Blackburn
  • Lydia Young
  • Peter Kim
  • Anna Mears


  • Lianna Bartlett2
  • Dayna Hagstedt
  • Anne Luetkenhaus
  • Jocelyn Zhang1


  • Leo De La Cruz
  • Ashley Miley
  • Luca Ortolani2
  • Elena Suarez Davila1


  • Rachel Beil2
  • Ian Bunt
  • Marian Mayen
  • Ji-Wen Tyler Song1
  • Jason Wilcox


  • Bryan Benson1
  • Kathleen Moran
  • Collin Walter2


  • Joseph Bagdovitz
  • Brady Catlett2
  • Jesus Garcia Palacios
  • Daniel Itzkowitz
  • Jacob Speakman1


  • Antwan Hill
  • Mary Maule2
  • David Riggs1


  • Gabriel Gilliland2
  • Madison Smith1
  • Cameron Webb

Bass Trombone

  • Sean Reynolds


  • Donovan Klutho


  • Kyle Roemer


  • Emily Dickman
  • Jared Kohle
  • Peter Loferski
  • Kyle Roemer


  • Mary Cate Duplantier
  • Sara Magill1&2


  • Noah Ward

1 denotes principal player in Nabors

2 denotes principal player in Mahler

Graduate Assistants

  • Stephan Fillare
  • Stephen Hardie
  • Brian McCann
  • Hannah Schendel


  • Liam Gibb
  • Citlalmina Hernandez Toro

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Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Sponsor
The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Sponsor
All-Steinway School Sponsor
Louise H. & David S. Ingalls Foundation, Inc.
Community Partners
The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
Visiting Artists & Thinking About Music Sponsor
Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer 
Greg Mathein 
Gary & Barb Cummins 
Jim & Linda Miller 
George & Carroll Roden
Musical Theatre Department Sponsors
Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor
Rafael and Kimberly de Acha
Opera D’Arte Sponsor
An Anonymous Donor
Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Judith Schonbach Landgren and Peter Landgren
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Elizabeth C.B. Sittenfeld
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
Mrs. Theodore W. Striker
Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer
Ariel Quartet Sponsors
Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation
Choral Studies Sponsors
  Classical Guitar Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor
Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation
Starling Pre-Collegiate Sponsor
Starling Strings Sponsor
Dr. Timothy E. and Janet L. Johnson
Thom Miles and Roberta Gary
Organ Department Sponsors
Keyboard Club of Cincinnati
Louis and Susan Meisel
Piano Department Sponsors
Kevin and Nancy Rhein
   Wind Studies Sponsor
Buddy Rogers Music
LINKS Sponsor
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The Cincinnati area and the land that the University of Cincinnati has been built on is the native homeland of the Indigenous Algonquian speaking tribes, including the Delaware, Miami, and Shawnee tribes.

Box Office

Located in the CCM Atrium, the Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 1-5 p.m.; and one hour prior to curtain for all ticketed performances. MasterCard, Visa and Discover cards are accepted.

  • Location: CCM Atrium Lobby next to Corbett Auditorium
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Convenient parking is available in the CCM Garage at the base of Corry Boulevard off of Jefferson Avenue. Additional parking is available in garages throughout the UC campus. Any questions concerning on-campus parking should be directed to UC Parking Services at 513-556-2283.

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If you have lost an item, contact lost and found at 513-556-9413.

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The House Manager has been instructed to minimize the disturbance to patrons already seated when accommodating latecomers. The director and producer of each production select times that are least likely to interrupt the performance, and latecomers will be seated only during these times. Latecomers who miss these opportunities will not be admitted until intermission. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.

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The video or audio recording of performances is prohibited.

The use of cameras, with or without flashes, recording devices, cellular phones and other electronic devices inside the theater is prohibited. Please leave them with the House Manager.

Smoking and Refreshments

Smoking and refreshments are not permitted in the theater. Effective May 1, 2017, smoking and tobacco use (including chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes) shall be prohibited by students, staff, faculty, visitors, vendors and contractors at all times in or on University of Cincinnati properties, including events on university property during non-school hours. This includes all shelters, indoor and outdoor theaters and athletic facilities, bridges, walkways, sidewalks, residence halls, parking lots, and street parking and garages owned by the university.

Hearing Enhancement

Telex listening devices are available for checkout during performances in both Patricia Corbett Theater and Corbett Auditorium. Please inquire at the Box Office.

Wheelchair Seating

Wheelchair seating is available in both Corbett Auditorium and Patricia Corbett Theater. Seating is limited, so reservations should be made with the Box Office when ordering tickets. These seats are subject to availability.

Group Sales

The Box Office can accommodate groups for major productions and concerts. Preview and benefit performances are also available for some productions. For more information, call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183.

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