About the Program
The Artists-in-Residence program is a successful partnership between both Twin Towers and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). This unique program offers students the opportunity to exchange their housing costs for musical performances.
Students design and deliver concerts for residents offering them the ability to fine tune their talents and performance skills, while residents enjoy 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.
Victor Cardamone is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. He graduated from Youngstown State University in 2016 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, receiving a double major in applied voice and French horn. Victor has bowed with Opera Western Reserve, the Warren Philharmonic, New Castle Lyric Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Brevard Music Center, Cincinnati Opera, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and Wolf Trap Opera.
Victor has sung the National Anthem on the stage of Carnegie Hall in New York City, which is one of the most renowned classical concert venues worldwide. He received an Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition – Pittsburgh District in 2016.
Upcoming engagements include singing in concert with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (alongside two-time Grammy Award recipient and internationally-recognized mezzo soprano, Isabel Leonard), as well as singing the tenor solos in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.
Shu-Li Cheah is currently pursuing a doctorate in cello at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). A native of Malaysia, she was a member of Orkes Praise Malaysia and was also a founding member of the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Shu-Li has performed with Cincinnati singer-songwriter Allan Pray at the Midpoint Music Festival and 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 CCM Philharmonia, she has played for operas like Siegfried, Don Giovanni, Alcina and Così fan tutte, as well as musicals such as Carousel, Les Misérables and The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Shu-Li recently received her Master of Music from CCM under the tutelage of Professor Ilya Finkelshteyn, principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, she graduated summa cum laude from CCM with a Bachelor of Music in Cello under the direction of Professor Lee Fiser, cellist of the LaSalle Quartet.
Caleb Glickman is a Orchestral Conducting Master’s Student at CCM. This is his first year as an artist-in-residence at Twin Towers. Caleb received a BFA in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon where he worked for two years as assistant conductor for the All University Orchestra of Carnegie Mellon, in addition to running its chamber group and flute choir. In 2018, he was a Conducting Fellow at the Vienna Summer Music Festival and also conducted Michael Ching’s Speed Dating Tonight! at the Savannah Voice Festival.
This past year he sang and conducted Cimarosa’s Il Maestro di Capella in addition to singing a role in Languagemachine, one of the Pittsburgh Co-Opera premieres. He also sang the titular role in CMU Opera’s Le Nozze di Figaro in October 2018. This summer before coming to CCM, he was a Conducting Fellow at Opera Saratoga working on the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Ellen West.
Brenda is a Doctoral candidate in Vocal Performance at CCM and a student of Thomas Baresel. She recently received her Master of Music (2019) from CCM. Brenda’s Bachelor of Music was obtained from Autonomous University of Hidalgo State (UAEH) in her hometown in Mexico. She also studied as an exchange student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s Music School for a year.
She sung at representative places in Mexico and Prague, such as the Palace of Fine Arts, the Degollado Theater, the Liechtenstein Palace and the Estates Theater. In addition to her artistic activity, Brenda loves teaching and is a passionate of vocal pedagogy. In fact, as an entrepreneur she organized the First National Seminar of Opera Singing with UAEH (2015) and invited American voice teachers.
She has been part of the Cincinnati Opera Chorus for their 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Holly is currently pursing a Masters Degree as a student of both Kurt Sassmannshaus and Giora Schmidt, and serves as Mr. Schmidt’s teaching assistant.
She 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.