This committee, in conjunction with the art and music teachers, promotes opportunities in Fine Arts. Events vary from year to year and may include a student produced musical and art fair. The Chairs work with their committee in the planning of the annual K-4 Christmas Program.
Debbie BrodEach residency is a journey. The energy and momentum that build from beginning to end of a residency can be joyous and empowering to everyone. I like helping people expand their view of what art can be, and what each person can do. My background is in painting and I particulary enjoy combining painting with the physicality of three-dimensional media. Materials from the community and its surroundings -- wood from attics and lumberyards, driftwood from the Ohio River, etc. -- are inspiring: they carry something of the lives of the people who used them, the energy of a place. I'm concerned with the materials used to make art in terms of their impact on the environment, and through recycling we can also explore alternative art materials, processes, and ideas. I like tapping into what is meaningful to people, and offering them materials and techniques with which to express themselves. Often, all our efforts are combined in a permanent installation to which everyone has contributed, expressing each person's particular energy and yet coherently combining all. I would like to do more work with people of all ages to help them realize art's liberating and therapeutic benefits. My recent work includes elements from the living, natural world (e.g., growing plants, autumn leaves, cut flowers, water), as well as reclaimed/recycled materials. I'm interested in process, transformation, and how the human condition and the condition of the natural world are inextricably connected. A sense of community and collaboration is rooted in the work also, influenced by my work as an artist-in-residence. For example, in a recent exhibit at Ohio University Southern, I assembled and arranged a large collection of donated objects into a floor-based installation that invited direct participation: viewers were invited to become participants by perusing, selecting, and taking with them objects from the assemblage, thereby transforming the original installation, as well as receiving and re-circulating others' generosity.I have a BA in French and Fine Art from Oberlin College, and the Sorbonne (Paris, France), and the University of Cincinnati, and an MFA in painting from the University of Cincinnati. Since receiving my MFA, I have exhibited my artwork regionally and nationally. I have received recognition for my artwork in the form of numerous grants, including fellowship grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, Arts Midwest/NEA and the Ohio Arts Council. I have been an adjunct instructor at colleges and universities in the Cincinnati area, and since 1993, a member of the Art Academy of Cincinnati's Community Education faculty, teaching art to children, teenagers, and adults.
Susan Ha Bio:
The Fine Arts Committee is excited to welcome pianist Susan Ha and University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM) voice student Brandon Morales for our Cafeteria Concert. Ms. Ha is an accomplished pianist who has performed in orchestras all over the country, and currently is a doctoral candidate of Music Arts in Piano at CCM. Mr. Morales is a Master's of Music in Voice student at CCM and has performed in many operas at CCM as well as in operas around the country. More details of their talents are enclosed below. Ms. Ha and Mr. Morales will perform for the students and also will be available to answer any questions the children may have for them. This Friday the lunch period will once again be filled with the sounds of music!
Susan Ha is a doctoral candidate of Musical Arts in Piano with cognate areas in Music Theory and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Ms. Ha has taught at the University of Cincinnati both as a teaching assistant at CCM and part-time instructor for Communiversity. Ms. Ha has actively participated in public performances including solo, chamber, and as a soloist for orchestras throughout the United States. Solo performances have included concerto appearances with New River Valley Symphony Orchestra, Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, and James Madison University Symphony Orchestra. Her articles appear in National Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Online Journal and National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy Proceedings. Recently, Susan has reinstated Challenging Performances Series in Cincinnati and is a co-founder and artistic director of Glendale Fine Music Series in Glendale, OH.
Brandon Morales Bio:
Christopher Brandon Morales is a second year Master's of Music in Voice student at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and is a graduate of Texas State University-San Marcos. Morales has recently participated in CCM's Making Mozart program, performing the roles of Don Alfonso in Cosí Fan Tutte and Figaro inLe Nozze di Figaro, and performed Masetto in the CCM's recent production of Don Giovanni. Morales has also performed with Utah Festival Opera and Opera in the Ozarks opera program performing the title role in Don Giovanni, Escamillo in Carmen,and Sid in Britten’s Albert Herring. Originally from San Antonio, Morales enjoys residing in Cincinnati although he misses his faithful cat, Onion.