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CMU School of Music alumna awarded prestigious Yamaha Fellowship

Posted in Alumni Profiles  •  Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 9:18 AM

CMU alumna Anneli Loepp Thiessen has been awarded the University of Rochester's coveted Yamaha Fellowship: a full-ride scholarship to study for one intensive week at the university's Eastman Leadership Academy this summer.

Limited to just 25 people, the program will include mentorship from faculty, training in essential skills like grant-writing, and support in developing a personal project of each Fellow's choice. Loepp Thiessen says her passion project will, "as always," have a feminist objective:

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Allison Alexander (nee Barron) book <i>Super Sick</i> launches at McNally Robinson on Sunday, May 17

Super Sick: Making Peace with Chronic Illness – English alumna Allison Alexander launches first book

Posted in Alumni Profiles  •  Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 1:00 PM

Having battled chronic illness all her life, Alexander wants to see herself in her heroes. Her new book Super Sick chronicles her search for sick characters in pop culture, and the personal impact of that quest.

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Katrina Brooks (CMU '15, BA English) teaches at Qiqirtaq Ilihakvik High School in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut

In God’s Country: Alumna finds joy and purpose teaching in Canada’s far north

Posted in Alumni Profiles  •  Monday, March 2, 2020 @ 10:31 AM

Gjoa Haven is situated on William Island, Nunavut, a little over 2,000 kilometres north of Winnipeg. As the crow flies, it's about as far from here to Vancouver. But the Mercator effect is truer to life in Canada than ninth-grade social studies would have us believe: in significance if not in substance, distances expand toward the Pole. While the realities of life up north can be harsh, for Katrina Brooks, a 2015 alumna of CMU's Bachelor of Arts in English now teaching at Gjoa Haven's Qiqirtaq Ilihakvik High School, this expansion of space and consciousness is a taste of what it feels like to be in God's country.

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Cecilly Hildebrand (CMU '12, Psychology) is the Executive Director of Candace House

Alumni Profile: Cecilly Hildebrand, Executive Director of Candace House

Posted in Alumni Profiles  •  Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 1:43 PM

Cecilly Hildebrand graduated from CMU in 2012 with a BA in Psychology. Today, at just 31, she is completing an MA in Social Work and serves full-time as Executive Director of Candace House, a daytime refuge in Winnipeg for families navigating the court system after the criminal death of a loved one.

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Nolan Kehler (BMus, ’17): How good listening makes good music

Posted in Alumni Profiles  •  Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 1:18 PM

For Nolan Kehler, building a career in which singing can be of service to others, whether through critical storytelling, powerful encouragement, or creative advocacy, is the goal to strive for.

Nolan Kehler (tenor) completed his Bachelor of Music in 2017, concentrating in Vocal Performance. In his graduating year he placed third in CMU's prestigious Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition, and in 2019 he graduated from University of Victoria (BC) with a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance. New as he is to life as a working artist, Kehler is already booking regular singing work in leading roles, on top of his part-time job as a technical producer for CBC Manitoba.

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