Twin Towers Artists-in-Residence Program Expands
The Artists-in-Residence program has been more successful than anyone ever imaged. This success has allowed the program to expand once again, with a total of six students musicians participating and living on the Twin Towers campus.
The program, a partnership with University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) , is in its third year and offers students the opportunity to exchange their housing costs for musical performances. The students design and deliver concerts for residents, offering the ability to fine tune their talents and performance skills, while residents enjoyed high-quality musical performances by budding professionals.
Executive Director, Jim Lay, says "the student residents are part of the essential fabric of our community, and we are blessed to have this unique connection to the arts and to the aspiring artists. We can no longer imagine a Twin Towers without our beloved artists."
Meet the Artists
A soprano from Buffalo, New York, Annie is a first year Doctoral candidate in Vocal Performance at CCM. She also a 2017 Master of Music graduate from CCM. While at CCM, Annie has 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.
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).
A recent graduate of CCM with a Master of Music, 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.
An Eau Claire, Wisconsin native, Angie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance. She is currently attending the University of Cincinnati College-
Conservatory of Music for a Master's degree in Jazz Studies where she is a graduate assistant for the Bearcat Bands. Angie has an avid interest in composing her own music and, in addition to saxophone, plays flute, clarinet, and piano.
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 theatre 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.
Anna is currently working on a Master’s degree in Harp Performance. She received an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2015 and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto in 2012. From 2015-
2016, Anna was a recipient of the Curtis Institute of Music Artist Year Fellowship, which involves a year of national service dedicated to bringing music to underserved communities in Philadelphia.