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Janelle Gelfand on the classical music scene

Janelle's pen has taken her to Japan, China, Carnegie Hall, Europe (twice), East and West Coasts, and Florida. In fact, Janelle was the first Enquirer reporter to report from Europe via e-mail -- in 1995.

Janelle began writing for the Cincinnati Enquirer as a stringer in 1991 while writing a Ph.D. dissertation in musicology at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She joined the Enquirer staff in 1993.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she graduated from Stanford University, Janelle has lived in Cincinnati for more than 30 years. In her free time, this pianist plays chamber music with her circle of musical friends in Cincinnati.

She covers the Cincinnati Symphony, May Festival and Cincinnati Opera, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, chamber music ensembles, and as many recitals and events at CCM and NKU as possible.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Final Four -- CCM opera chair search

A search committee at the University of Cincinnati has winnowed four finalists from 20 international applicants in the search for a new chair of the opera department at UC's College-Conservatory of Music.

Two of the candidates for the J. Ralph Corbett Distinguished Chair in Opera have CCM ties.

The finalists announced Tuesday are: Steven Daigle, who heads the opera program and is dramatic director of Eastman Opera Theatre at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.); Jonathan Eaton, artistic director of Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and a former CCM faculty member; Nicholas Muni, distinguished artist-in-residence at CCM and former artistic director of Cincinnati Opera; and Robert Tannenbaum, director of production of the Badisches Staatsheater in Karlsruhe, Germany.

"To get us down to the final four was a bit challenging," says Terrell Finney, chair of the search committee and division head for opera, musical theater, drama and arts administration at CCM. "We were very pleased with the overall quality of the applicant pool."

The next step, Finney says, is for each candidate to conduct master classes, direct some scenes and meet with faculty members and interim dean Warren George.

Former opera department chair Sandra Bernhard has taken a post at Houston Grand Opera.

Photos: Jon Eaton, left; Nic Muni, right (photo by Alan Brown)


at 11/28/2007 10:56:00 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nic Muni trashed Cincinnati Opera and had to be bagged before it went out of existence for lack of interest.
Oh please, people, use the brains that God gave you... Can you really be this blind??

at 11/28/2007 04:30:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like Nic got locked out of Music Hall in that photo!

at 5/08/2008 05:44:00 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should get smart and put the VERY CAPABLE Sylvia Plyler in the position of Chair of the Opera department.

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