Instrumentalists and singers are invited to study Baroque arias, chamber music, and continuo playing at the internationally renowned University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music!
Students will participate in coaching sessions, master classes, and workshops on Baroque performance practice, focusing on arias and chamber music by Johann Sebastian Bach. The program culminates with a public performance. Students are welcome to bring modern and/or Baroque period instruments.
All instruments and voices are welcome!
There is an application process for Baroque Collective . Students will be asked to provide an audio file (mp3) demonstrating performance level.
*Does not inlude housing.
Title: Assistant Professor of Keyboard (Organ and Harpsichord)
Office: 5229 Emery Hall
Originally from Toronto, Canada, multiple award-winning organist and harpsichordist Michael Unger appears as a soloist and chamber musician in North America, Europe, Japan and South Korea. He is a First Prize winner of the International Organ Competition Musashino-Tokyo, a First Prize and Audience Prize winner of the National Young Artists’ Competition of the American Guild of Organsits (NYACOP), and a Second Prize and Audience Award winner of the International Schnitger Organ Competition on the historic organs of Alkmaar, the Netherlands. Featured solo recitals include performances for the national convention of the American Guild of Organists, Boulder Bach Festival, Internationale Orgelwoche Nürnberg – Musica Sacra, and numerous international and regional recital series. Recent harpsichord performances include the Skaneateles Festival, appearances with Publick Musick and New York State Baroque, and collaborations as part of conventions for the International Viola Society and International Society of Bassists. He received favorable international reviews for his debut solo recordings under the Naxos and Pro Organo labels: Michael Unger: Organ Recital (recorded in Tokyo-Musashino, Japan) and Universe of Poetry (recorded in Rochester, New York). His performances have been broadcast on North American and European radio, in addition to syndicated programs Pipedreams and With Heart and Voice.
Unger holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied under David Higgs and William Porter, and is a recipient of Eastman’s Performer’s Certificate in organ and Jerald C. Graue Musicology Fellowship. He is a Gold Medal graduate of the University of Western Ontario, and his former teachers include Ethel Briggs, Sandra Mangsen, Joel Speersta, and the late Larry Cortner. An active church musician, he is formerly the Director of Music at Rochester’s Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, and is a published composer of choral music. He is a former part-time Instructor at Eastman.
Title: Assistant Professor of Voice
Office: 121 Dieterle Vocal Arts Cntr
Celebrated for her strong lyric voice, sizzling coloratura facility and engagingly sincere personality, Mezzo-Soprano Quinn Patrick Ankrum has performed a wide variety of repertoire spanning the centuries from Claudio Monteverdi to John Harbison. She has sung with opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States, as well as with the National Orchestra of Mexico in Mexico City.
In the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons she demonstrated her versatility as she collaborated on the operatic, recital and concert stages with musicians in Missouri, Texas, New York, Florida and Kansas, along with international engagements in Toulouse, Paris, Mondavio (Italy) and Oban (Scotland). She will return to the U.K. this May where she will appear in a recital featuring the music of American composers at East of England Organ Day at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, as well as in a concert featuring the music of Rameau with the East Anglian Academy.
Ankrum is an advocate of contemporary composers. She recently premiered Romanian composer Vlad Burlea’s chamber piece “Oglinda” (Texas and Kansas 2016) and created the role of the Mother in the world premiere of J. Todd Frazier’s opera Breath of Life (Lubbock, Texas, 2015). In addition, she co-premiered John Harbison’s chamber work Crossroads with colleagues at Texas Tech University (2013). She is the co-creator of Living Song Project with pianist and University of Oklahoma faculty member Elizabeth Avery, DMA. This unique database project promotes the art song and vocal chamber music of living American composers.
In addition to being an active performer and teacher, Ankrum takes an interest in musicians’ health and wellness. She is an Andover Educator trainee, and will be licensed to teach the course What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body when she finishes her training.
Ankrum received degrees from Trinity University in San Antonio (BM, MAT), the University of Colorado at Boulder (MM) and the University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music (DMA), where she studied with Robert McIver. She was a Young Artist in the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program and the Baltimore Opera Studio, and participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program.
She has been a finalist and winner in numerous regional and national competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions (Rocky Mountain Region) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards competition (2nd place winner, 2006). She has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Fredonia, Nazareth College (Rochester, New York) and Texas Tech University (Lubbock).
Cellist Erin Ellis leads a versatile career as a performer and teacher. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States as well as in Canada, Chile, Italy, and Holland. As a chamber musician, Dr. Ellis has recently appeared as a collaborator with the Arneis Quartet in Boston, Massachusetts and with the newly-formed Lyon Piano Trio, which will make its international debut in the 2017-18 season. Formerly based in Atlanta, Georgia, she served as Assistant Principal Cello of the Atlanta Opera, Principal Cellist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (GA), and continues to perform with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Ellis is also an accomplished baroque cellist and performs regularly with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. She can be heard on several recordings with the New Trinity Baroque Orchestra.
A dedicated music educator, she joins West Virginia University from the faculty at Agnes Scott College. She also served as interim cello faculty at State University of New York at Fredonia. She has conducted masterclasses at Georgia Tech, Furman University, and Pennsylvania State University, and is a regular presenter at the American String Teacher's Association National Conference. She spends her summers in Leicester, VT, performing and coaching chamber music at Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Ellis began her cello studies as a Suzuki student at the age of 4. She earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and she completed Suzuki teacher training with Tanya Carey. She went on to receive the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree with a minor in Early Music from the Eastman School of Music, where she was recognized with the Graue Award for Excellence in Musicology. She studied the cello with Richard Aaron, David Ying, Alison Wells, Phoebe Carrai, and Martha Gerschefski.
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University of Cincinnati Food Services offers daily, all-you-care-to-eat meal services in a comfortable setting.
In addition to UC Dining, there is a Starbucks housed within CCM, along with several restaurants within walking distance of CCM.
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