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Annie McAllister Artist-in-Residence

Annie McAllister

Artists-in-Residence Program Welcomes New Musicians

The Artists-in-Residence program continues to be a successful partnership between both Twin Towers and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). In it's 4th year, this unique program offers students the opportunity to exchange their housing costs for musical performances. Students design and deliver concerts for residents offering students the ability to fine tune their talents and performance skills, while residents enjoyed high-quality musical performances by budding professionals.

In addition students are encouraged to practice throughout the community. It's not uncommon to hear live music drifting through the hallways on any given day. These talented musicians have truly become part of the community, building friendships with residents and associates alike. 

Welcome New Artists

Victor Cardamone 

Praised for his "bright voice" and "perfect tone quality," up-and-coming tenor Victor Cardamone has garnered much attention and critical acclaim over the last few years, and continues to do so. 

Victor graduated from Youngstown State University with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, receiving a double major in applied voice and French horn. He has taken coursework towards an Artist Diploma at Ball State University, and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. 

Victor has portrayed both lead and supporting roles, performed in scenes programs and for various community outreach events, and sung in several choruses at YSU, Opera Western Reserve, New Castle Lyric Opera (including a world première production), Asheville Lyric Opera, BSU, and the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center.

He was a Central Region Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition, and the recipient of two Encouragement Awards. He is pleased to have been selected for the Artists-in-Residence program and looks forward to becoming a member of the community. 

Holly Nelson

Originally from Connecticut, violinist Holly Nelson made her solo debut at age 13 with the Willimantic Philharmonic. She is currently pursing a Masters Degree as a student of both Kurt Sassmannshaus and Giora Schmidt, and serves as Mr. Schmidt’s teaching assistant.  

Holly completed her Bachelors degree at The Mannes College of Music in Manhattan as a student of Ann Setzer and received a Graduate Certificate in Performance from CUNY Queens College as a student of Daniel Phillips. From 2016-17, she was a full-scholarship fellow in The Orchestra Now, a pre-professional orchestral training program at Bard College, where she worked with conductors Marin Alsop, JoAnn Falletta and Fabio Luisi. 

Her eclectic taste in music and love of improvisation has led Holly to a variety of collaborations outside of classical music. In 2015, Holly opened for jazz pianist Chick Corea at New York City’s Blue Note Jazz Club as a member of the jazz/funk fusion band The Flowdown and in 2018 she had the honor of performing on stage in New York City with Paul McCartney as part of the band The Elements. 

In her spare time, Holly enjoys learning how to dance salsa, studying foreign languages, traveling, hiking and skiing. She is honored and excited to join the Twin Towers community as an Artist-in-Residence.

Our Continuing Artists

Bryan Bonowetz

Bryan graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and English, and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at CCM. He was the winner of Luther College’s Concerto Competition and performed part of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the Luther College Symphony Orchestra in the spring of 2016. He is also a two-time winner of the Luther College Distinction in Accompanying and Collaborative Piano Award in 2015 and 2016.

He remains active as a freelance pianist. Bryan has given recitals in Iowa and in Vienna, Austria, where he studied German and music in Fall 2015. He has performed such works as Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy and J.S. Bach’s Italian Concerto. Bryan is a member of three honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts), Pi Kappa Lambda (music) and Sigma Tau Delta (English). 

Shu-Li Cheah 

Shu-Li is currently pursuing her Doctorate. A native of Malaysia, she was a member of Orkes Praise Malaysia and a founding member of the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Shu-Li was featured on several pop songs and feature films both in Asia and America, including Lead the Way by Matt Bierwagen, Confession by Mariah Mu, Question in the Rain and Love Confession. As cellist in the Queen City Opera Orchestra and the CCM Philharmonia, she has played for operas like Siegfried, Don Giovanni, Alcina and The Magic Flute, as well as musicals such as Carousel, Les Misérables and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Annie McAllister

She is a soprano from Buffalo, New York, Annie is a Doctoral candidate in Vocal Performance at CCM. She's also a 2017 Master of Music graduate from CCM. While at CCM, Annie performed the challenging role of Anne Sexton at CCM in Conrad Susa’s controversial opera, Transformations, the role of the blue jay in The Cunning Little Vixen, La Princesse in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilege, and the title role in CCM Opera’s 2015 production of Handel’s, Alcina. This year, Annie will be performing the role of Sabina in the new opera, Hadrian, by Rufus Wainwright, as a part of CCM Opera Fusion: New Works. She is a musical award recipient of the Cincinnati Woman’s Club and has also received awards for leadership within the Cincinnati community. 

Annie was an inaugural student in the Artist-in-Residence program and was married this past summer to second year Artist-in-Residence Matthew. We are delighted they will continue to remain on our campus as they pursue their degrees. 
 
Matthew McAllister

A percussionist & composer who graduated from CCM in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, Matthew is currently pursuing a Master of Music in composition. His performance styles range from big band jazz, traditional New Orleans jazz, original rock, Brazilian folk music and experimental music. Matthew also works with a variety of musical theater companies and has performed in over ten pit orchestras. Many of his compositions are written for and performed by his jazz trio, Animal Mother. During his time as an undergraduate, Matthew was a part of the FIPSE International Study Abroad Program and lived in Brasília, Brazil for six months. While there, he studied cultural rhythms, Brazilian percussion and learned to speak Portuguese.

If you'd like to hear the Artists-in-Residence perform, join us at A Musical Feast Program this coming October 12th. 

 


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