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Former CCPA student Hannah Ford on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ performing with Prince

Hannah Ford, a former CCPA student who pursued a Bachelor’s in Jazz & Contemporary Music Studies will be performing with Prince tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 11.35pm on NBC.



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CCPA alumna Sara Litchfield honored by North Shore Choral Society

Chicago College of Performing Arts graduate Sara Litchfield (MM, ’09) was honored with the 2012 Donald Chen Young Artist Award by North Shore Choral Society. Litchfield, a mezzo soprano, won 3rd place and received $100.

For more information on the North Shore Choral Society, please visit its Website.

For more information on the award and to see pictures, please click here.

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Roosevelt alumnus Rev. Dr. Maurice Collins is appointed Minister of Music for South Shore United Methodist Church

South Shore United Methodist Church in Chicago has appointed the Rev. Dr. Maurice Collins (MM, ’67) to serve as the Minister of Music for the church. Along with his Master’s degree from Roosevelt, Rev. Collins also earned his doctorate from Southern Illinois University. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Education from Chicago State University and finished his Associates of Arts degree from the City Colleges of Chicago.

The Reverend has a long and illustrious musical career that includes serving as minister of music for churches throughout the country, including in Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania. He served as conductor at Greater Bethesda Baptist Church in Chicago, and music director for Saint Timothy Community Church in Gary as well as for Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. In addition to serving as minister of music in various posts, he has also directed the Gary Civic Choral for ten years; he is also the founder of the Chicago Alpha-Omega Chorale.

Along with his musical career, Rev. Collins has been a member of several civic and professional organizations, including serving as vice president of the Chicago Music Association. Among his many accolades, he was lauded as “Most Outstanding Director” from the Chicago Music Association. He currently teaches music as an adjunct  with Wilber Wright College in Chicago.

South Shore United Methodist Church announced the appointment on January 23, 2012.

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Roosevelt alumnus Khary Laurent performs on Rosie O’Donnell’s chat show

Roosevelt CCPA alumnus Khary Laurent (BM, ’03, MM, ’07) was intereviewed and performed on The Rosie Show, Rosie O’Donnell’s Chicago-based talk show on Oprah Winfrey’s channel, OWN.

During the interview, O’Donnell mentioned that she was chatting with Laurent in a cab when he mentioned that he was a singer. Initially sceptical, she asked him to sing and was so impressed she recorded him on her iPhone and then asked him to be on his show. Laurent performed a song that was an original mix of opera, hip-hop and funk. He wowed the crowd and O’Donnell with his versatile talent and incredible stage presence, and brought the audience to its feet with his music.

Below is the video of the interview:

Click here to see Laurent performing on The Rosie Show.

To see more of Laurent’s videos, please click here for his YouTube page.

Click here to visit Khary Laurent’s Website.

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Roosevelt University’s Jeremy Myers voted one of 12 great performers in Chicago theater

Roosevelt University CCPA alumnus Jeremy Myers has been cited as one of the twelve great performers in Chicago theater by Time Out Chicago for his performance in Pussy on the House. The play, a drag parody of the Tennessee Williams classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, was produced by Hell in a Handbag Productions and received a four-star review from Time Out critic Emily Gordon. She praised Myers’ performance, writing that he “channels Elizabeth Taylor in this delightful camp take on Tennessee Williams,” referencing the classic Hollywood film starring the late Taylor. Gordon goes on to write, “Myers… is astonishing; his slinky, cajoling Maggie transcends cross-dressing and approaches reincarnation.”

For more information on Hell in a Handbag Productions please visit its Website.

To read the full version of Gordon’s review, please click here.


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Roosevelt Alumna Rachel Allen joins Napa Valley Youth Symphony board.

Performer and music educator, Rachel Allen (BM, ’03) has recently joined the board of directors for the Napa Valley Youth Symphony. An accomplished performer and educator, Allen is a choir and music teacher and has performed throughout the world.

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CCPA graduate Alex Kyger is hired as development manager for Lifeline Theatre.

Roosevelt alumnus, Alex Kyger (BF, ’10), was recently announced as the development manager for Chicago’s Lifeline Theatre. In charge of development and fundraising for Lifeline, Kyger is the theater company’s first development manager. After graduating from Roosevelt, Kyger worked with the Red Tape Theatre as the company’s first director of community engagement, working with local businesses and donors in creating the theater’s giving campaign. He also worked  with the Les Enfants Terribles company and the American Theater Company as its development association. He brings Lifeline a wealth of experience and knowledge, cultivated from his professional and educational backgrounds.

For more information about Kyger and Lifeline Theatre, please click here to visit Lifeline’s Website.


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