Students come into the MA/MBA Arts Administration program from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds, and with a variety of interests. To learn more about our current students, read the bios below.
Stephanie Calascione was born and raised in Parker, Colorado where she began her music education in elementary school as a violinist. She participated in many music organizations including the normal school orchestras, the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO), pit orchestras for musicals, local chamber ensembles, and local music competitions. Stephanie enrolled at Chapman University in Fall 2012 to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Music and switched to viola once she started her undergraduate education.
Over the past four years Stephanie has enriched her experience as both a performer and an arts administrator. She held the position as the principal of the Chapman Orchestra and the violist in the Chapman Quartet preparing her well for many leadership roles. She has held many administrative positions, the primary ones being the manager of the Chapman Orchestra and an accounting intern at a global medical supply distributing corporation, MicroVention Terumo. She has taken part in the Pacific Symphony Summer Concert Series, The Viola Workout in Crested Butte CO, the Piano Summer Intensive day camp, and much more. When she is not working and studying, Stephanie enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, playing music, and doing math.
Justin is originally from Fort Myers, Florida. He began playing the saxophone in the seventh grade, ultimately leading him to attend Florida State University to study saxophone with Patrick Meighan. Justin stumbled upon the idea of Arts Administration while working in the College of Music Admissions Office. This led him to pursue a development internship at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD, run by Caitlin Patton and Richard Rosenberg. Upon completing the internship, he went on to become Front of House Manager at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall in Tallahassee, FL, while completing his coursework for his Bachelor of Arts in Music.
When not on the clock, Justin is active in the chamber music community, always seeking new instrumentations and opportunities. His biggest feat was his arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition for Saxophone and Bassoon Sextet.
Justin will begin CCM’s MA/MBA program in Arts Administration in Fall 2016. While excited for the challenge, he is most looking forward to everyone meeting his Black Lab, Korra.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Natalie Martell has extensive experience in the performing arts from both an artistic and administrative standpoint. A graduate of Indiana University (IU), she received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Jacobs School of Music and a Certificate in Arts Administration from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. During her time at IU, Natalie interned at the Asheville Lyric Opera and worked in the Office of Entrepreneurship & Career Development at the Jacobs School of Music.
With an interest in expanding her business skills, Natalie entered the MA/MBA program at the University of Cincinnati (UC) in the fall of 2016. In Cincinnati, she has gained first-hand experience in audience engagement and donor relations through internships in marketing and public relations at Cincinnati Opera and development at Cincinnati Ballet. At UC, Natalie serves as the graduate assistant of the CCM Opera department, under distinguished director Robin Guarino.
This summer, Natalie interned at Capacity Interactive, a digital arts marketing consulting firm in New York City. She assisted consultants in various projects, from digital advertising campaigns to content strategy, for clients across the US and Canada. Inspired by technological advancement in the field, Natalie looks forward to a career in marketing. She hopes to play a role in helping companies expand their digital presence and connect with audiences in innovative ways.
Miranda Martin was raised in Louisville, KY in a musically driven family. When Miranda was a child, her mother started a young student violin program at Tully elementary school. Miranda and her two sisters all began their music careers as young violinists. Wanting to pursue a life in music, she was a student in the Louisville Youth Orchestra for nearly a decade, All-state orchestras, and plenty of music festivals.
This past December 2015, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. Once she transferred to the University of Kentucky she shifted her focus towards a career in Arts Administration. After taking on multiple internships with professional orchestras her future goals were aligned with her professional interests. Her work with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Prague Summer Nights Music Festival, and most recently the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. provided her with ample experience in the field of arts administration.
In the summer of 2016 she is working as an artist liaison at the Aspen Music Festival & School. She hopes that this will help develop and solidify her work in Arts Administration, and to have a chance to spread community outreach and participation within the realm of the performing arts. Miranda is excited to pursue her master’s degree with the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
Meghan grew up in the Chicago suburbs and was exposed to music through the Suzuki method at a young age. Her primary instruments are violin and piano. She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Music Education from Florida State University. While in school, Meghan served as an event coordinator for the Music Living Learning Community and Recital Technician for the Florida State University concert halls. She was selected to present her research on Baroque music at the Undergraduate Music Research Symposium. During her summers she gained experience in arts administration through internships at the Interlochen Center for the Arts where she worked as an Ensemble Manager.
An interest of Meghan's is educational outreach programs provided by artistic organizations. Her senior project focused on research analysis of lesson plans created by national orchestras, operas, and ballets. Meghan spent a full semester student teaching in an elementary music classroom. She hopes to combine her interests of event planning, research, and music education for the benefit of mankind.
At CCM, Meghan will be serving as the External Relations Department graduate assistant. Her outside passions include cooking and swing dancing
Deborah Stevens grew up in the small town of Carthage, MO. From a young age, she had a love for the arts. As a child, she was involved in community theatre productions, as well as church choirs and plays. In high school, she was an active member in the theatre department, marching band, symphonic band, speech and debate, show choir, and chamber choir.
After graduating from high school, her passion for theatre led her to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at Truman State University, where she was a Truman Leadership Scholar. She originally intended to pursue a career in performance; however, after assistant stage managing her first show, she became interested in the technical side of theatre and went on to stage manage two mainstage productions, three one acts, and numerous independent projects. As part of the Leadership Scholars program, she had a mentorship during her sophomore year, in which she worked with Randy Bame, Baldwin Auditorium Manager at Truman State University, to coordinate the Lyceum performance series. This mentorship is what sparked her interest in a career in arts administration.
Deborah spent the summer of 2015 as the Company Management Intern at Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall, PA. After graduating from Truman State in December 2015, she went on to serve as the Arts Administration Intern at Shakesperience Productions, Inc. in Waterbury, CT. In the summer of 2016 she served as the Company Management/Box Office Intern at the Utah Festival of Opera and Musical Theatre in Logan, UT.
Deborah is currently the second year graduate assistant for the Arts Administration department. During the 2016-17 schoolyear, she was an Administrative Intern with concert:nova, a small chamber music organization. She spent summer 2017 as a Development Intern at Cincinnati Opera. Deborah looks forward to pursuing a career in development at a theatre organization upon completion of the Arts Administration program.
Selia is originally from Orlando, Florida, and only just moved to Cincinnati last year. She is a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a full teaching certification for grades K-6. Selia has been an active participant in theatre and dance all her life. She loves musical theatre and performed in several musical roles during her undergraduate studies. Her favorite performance credits include Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: The Musical and Mae in Reefer Madness.
Within the arts administration circuit, Selia has spent the past year serving as PR & Marketing intern for Learning Through Art, Inc. under the supervision of CCM Arts Administration alumna, Kathy Wade. Learning Through Art is a local nonprofit organization that brings Books Alive! For Kids- a performing arts literacy program, to underserved elementary schools in the area.
Selia is so happy to have been accepted into the Arts Administration program, and looks forward to furthering her career in the arts! After graduating from CCM, Selia has dreams of serving as an education director for a children’s theatre or museum. She is very excited to begin her time at the CollegeConservatory of Music.
A Cincinnati native, Emily brings 3 years of professional nonprofit experience with her to the MA/MBA program. As a young thespian, stage manager, and director, Emily’s love of the theater and artistic expression sparked her career pursuits in nonprofit and arts & culture administration. After graduating with a BA in Marketing from Baldwin Wallace University’s Arts Management program in December of 2013, she spent almost 2 years in marketing and business development at the Hudson, OH based National Donor Advised Fund, American Endowment Foundation (AEF.) There she helped financial advisors find tax smart philanthropic solutions and open “charitable investment accounts” for their clients, instituted an international grant program, and served as liaison to their Board of Directors where she drafted reports and coordinated quarterly meetings. In 2016, wanting to reconnect with the arts and return to the Cincinnati area, Emily joined the Development Department at Cincinnati Ballet where she was exposed to almost every aspect of a comprehensive development plan. In her year tenure, she managed the annual “State of the Ballet” board meeting and community event as a Board Liaison supporting over 50 Trustees, and executed a year - end annual fund campaign as a Development Coordinator. Most recently, her enthusiasm for relationship building combined with her interest in exploring the transformative power of the arts and its link to emotional wellness, led her to seek a new challenge in working with National Alliance on Mental Illness Southwest Ohio as a Development Manager.
At CCM, Emily will be the Operations Graduate Assistant, where she is excited to work on integrating and leveraging the college’s new database to communicate effectively between marketing, development, and ticketing. Overall, she looks forward to upgrading her “toolkit” and deepening her understanding of operations, finance, and programming to prime her for future leadership roles and help her chase her dreams of one day starting her own community arts organization.
Janet was born and raised in Hong Kong. She started playing piano and pipa (a Chinese lute) at the age of six. Her continuous engagement in orchestras and choirs since a young age led her to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Throughout her undergraduate studies, Janet discovered her interest in arts administration when she interned at Haw Par Music Foundation, volunteered in a local classical music festival, and worked under her music department mentor in the university’s 50th anniversary concert.
Janet was also an active member in AIESEC, the world’s largest youth-run organization. Taking on different leadership roles and having the chance to meet youths from more than 125 countries, she has trained up a global and solution-oriented mindset, yet still has that strong passion for music and arts. She hopes to combine her passion for arts and skills in management and leadership to impact the music industry in Hong Kong in the future. Janet likes swimming and travelling during her spare time.
Jonathan Dellinger was born and raised in Norwood, Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati, so he is no stranger to the rich arts culture present in this city. From a very early age, Jonathan was interested in music and theatre and participated in almost every music organization offered at his high school. He also had the honor of being an inaugural member of the Ohio Ambassadors of Music’s Chamber Orchestra, playing violin on their European tour in 2013. Jonathan has just completed his undergraduate degree as a Kolodzik Business Scholar at the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Business Administration Marketing degree.
In the summer of 2016, Jonathan began working for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as a marketing intern assisting in the development of the StudentAccess program while working directly with the Marketing Manager for Single Ticket Sales, Andrew Duncan. In the fall of 2016, Jonathan transitioned into a new role at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra working as a Patron Service Representative.
Jonathan has always had a deep passion for business and art, which is why he is extremely excited to begin the MA/MBA Arts Administration program at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music in the fall of 2017.
Born and raised in Atlixco, Puebla in Mexico, Carlos García León is the first in his family to have a passion for the arts. After moving to the northwest suburbs of Chicago, he discovered his interest in music, which eventually led him to the bassoon and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. Carlos went on to receive his Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied bassoon under Timothy McGovern. Throughout the summers of his undergraduate career, he has had the pleasure to work with organizations such as Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center, Ravinia Festival, and Music@Menlo where he found a love for arts administration.
Through these opportunities, Carlos realized that what truly brings him happiness is giving others the chance to perform. More recently he has become driven to work toward cultural equity in the arts. As a Queer Latinx, he dreams of implementing methods for and inspiring minority groups and arts organizations to collaborate more with each other.
Carlos also enjoys reading a good book, writing and performing poetry, watching documentaries and shows, swimming, climbing, and striving toward the title of social entrepreneur.
Mark Harrison began studying music at the age of twelve, developing an early interest in the roles music and art can play in social and cultural mobility. He is a 2016 graduate of CCM, where he received his Bachelor's in Music Performance studying saxophone with Dr. James Bunte. During his undergraduate career, he founded a student organization for saxophonists at CCM to access funding for research, travel, masterclasses, and equipment.
Since graduating from CCM, Mark worked as a production associate with the Constella Festival for Music and Fine Arts, an independent annual festival in Cincinnati dedicated to curating topical performances across several artistic mediums, while highlighting the works of a range of local artists. He is eager to learn more about the institutions and mechanisms that are responsible for bringing the arts to audiences across the globe, and looks forward to pursuing his MA/MBA in Arts Administration at CCM in the fall.
Jamie grew up in Rockaway, New Jersey, a town 30 miles outside of New York City, where she started playing piano and percussion in elementary school. She led a musically-enriched life from a young age, performing in regional and all state bands and orchestras, marching band, indoor percussion, pit orchestras, and community bands.
Jamie graduated summa cum laude from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. There she had the opportunity to participate in numerous music ensembles, attend a variety of performances and concerts, and study under Gordon Stout and Conrad Alexander. Jamie worked as a Student Building Manager at the Whalen School of Music, where she assisted in scheduling rehearsals, concerts, and other performances in the building. She also served as the President of the Percussive Arts Society of Ithaca College for three years, working to share percussion with the Ithaca community and to bring artists from around the world to the college to give masterclasses, give presentations, and perform recitals and concerts. It was in this position as president that Jamie realized her love for arts administration, and knew that she wanted to work to make the arts accessible to all people.
Jamie has had the pleasure to work for several performing arts organizations during her years as an undergraduate student. She worked as an intern at Handel and Haydn Society, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in New Jersey, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Little Kids Rock, working mostly in development and fundraising. Her most recent internship was at Jazz House Kids in Montclair, New Jersey where she worked in Operations and Event Planning, and helped the organization prepare for its annual Jazz Festival and Jazz Summer Camps. Jamie has also had two years of professional student teaching experience in primary and secondary schools, in addition to giving private lessons and instructing marching bands in New Jersey.
Jamie is excited to pursue her master’s degree in Arts Administration at UC and to work as the CCM External Relations Graduate Assistant.
Carmen R. Lawrence studied industrial/organizational psychology and theatre performance at Appalachian State University. After assuming management of theatre companies both in North Carolina and in Illinois, she discovered her true calling in arts administration. Though she still has a passion for performance, she is most often found aiding struggling arts organizations. Her ambitions include taking leadership of a strong arts center, perhaps one of her own founding, that endeavors to unite its community. She firmly believes that art has the power to change the world and seeks to be at the forefront of such changes.
Chandler is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. She recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Arts Administration and B.M. in Music Performance. At the University of Kentucky, Chandler served as the President of the Arts Administration Society, a Student Ambassador for the College of Fine Arts, and a member of the administration team for the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, in which she also played the violin. To further her experience in Arts Administration, Chandler served as the Production Intern for the Lexington Philharmonic and assistant for the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington.
Chandler recently received grants to attend the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Conference in New York City and Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. During her summers, she enriched her artistic and administrative experience by attending the Prague Summer Nights Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, and serving as the Production Intern and Artist Liaison Assistant at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Before starting the dual MA and MBA program at CCM in the fall, she will be spending her summer as an Operations Assistant at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen, Colorado.
At CCM, Chandler will be serving as a Graduate Assistant for the Preparatory Department.
Jackson is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. He began playing piano when he was 5 years old, and continued until he began to play percussion when he was in 6th grade. He played in marching band, wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble, and choir bands in high school, while participating in outside ensembles such as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras Side-by-Side program. This led to pursuing an undergraduate degree at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. While pursuing his degree, Jackson took an Arts Management course and his whole focus began to change to a more administrative career path. Jackson was able to take part in several internships during the summers and during the January Winter-Terms at Oberlin. He performed as the drummer/percussionist at Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts in Warsaw, Indiana, playing in the pit for musicals such as The Little Mermaid, West Side Story, The Addams Family, Bye Bye Birdie, and Little Women. He was hired as the Development Intern for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Jackson has also worked at Interlochen Arts Camp for the past two summers as the Stage Services Manager.
Jackson graduated in May 2017 with a B.A. in Performing Arts and will begin CCM’s MA/MBA program in Arts Administration in Fall 2017. He looks forward to the opportunities and can’t wait to get to work.
Brittany is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Her love for the arts began in grade school where she participated in school choirs, orchestras, and dance teams. Visits to local museums and performing arts institutions as a child left Brittany with a desire to be surrounded by inspiring and engaging art on a daily basis. This led to her attending Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies in 2014 with the intention of working in an art or history museum focused on the African Diaspora.
Upon graduating, Brittany was awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to become an Apprentice at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. For two years Brittany worked in the Museum Experiences department giving tours, creating and designing exhibition content, and managing a youth engagement initiative. Since then, she has been working with local museums including the Over-The-Rhine Museum and Contemporary Arts Center on community engagement and education projects.
Brittany has loved living in Cincinnati for the past few years and is excited to begin her master’s studies in Arts Administration at CCM this fall.
If you are a current student, cognate or alumni of the Arts Administration program, some job and internship postings are available to you within the alumni network.