Archive for June, 2014

Let the piano festivities begin!

art of the piano

Piano music has always been something I could listen to for hours. This is fortunate for me because next week is the start of three straight weeks of piano events here at CCM! We kick things off with the World Piano Competition and continue the fun with our Art of the Piano workshop and concert series.

Here’s a rundown: The World Piano Competition features up and coming pianists from all over the world competing for a gold medal and prizes such as money and a New York debut recital. Last year’s winner was Marianna Prjevalskaya, who played Brahms’ Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 for her finals performance.  The 5 member jury for the World Piano Competition has been hand-selected by Awadagin Pratt, CCM Professor and Chair of the Piano department, and includes Frederic Chiu, Hee Sung Joo, Yoshikazu Nagai, Ursula Oppens, and Andrey Pisarev.

Art of the Piano is a two week intensive for piano students, giving them the opportunity to study with world-renowned pianists, including World Piano Competition jury members. The workshop features public performances of guest faculty as well as the students – giving competition audiences the chance to see jury members and possibly future WPC competitors perform! Giving young pianists the chance to learn from the best is a direct result of our close partnership with the World Piano Competition.


World Piano Competition public performances start Monday, June 23 and conclude with the finals performance on Saturday, June  28. Buy tickets for WPC events. 

Art of the Piano performances include both ticketed and free performances throughout the course of the workshop. Find out more.



Film Scoring Institute Week 1 Recap

The Film Scoring Institute wraps up this week and it was a great kick-off workshop for the summer! Students spent this week refining their compositions and today all their work is paying off: they are in the recording studio with CCM orchestral students. By tomorrow each student will have a live recording of their composition for their portfolio…an amazing end to a wonderful workshop.

Recording at The Monastery

Monastery Studio

Bands often seek out unique studio spaces that spark creative inspiration. There is no question The Monastery is one of those places. With a client list including Over the Rhine, Zak Morgan and The National, The Monastery welcomes musical artists from all genres and styles. The studio itself is unique in its history. Once a centenarian church, the building has seen over a century of music. Owner Ric Hordinski has contributed to the building’s history by opening the studio and making sure he is passionate about every project that comes through the door.

You may recognize Ric’s name from his career: he co-founded Over the Rhine, released five independent records under the moniker Monk, has been nominated for a Grammy, and received 2 Cammy awards and a Dove award for his work as a producer.


Our Recording & Sound Production workshop kicks off next Monday, June 16! There are still spots available, so if you are interested in learning about music production, this is your chance! Register here.