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CCM Interim Dean bruce mcclung.

WELCOME to the University of Cincinnati
College-Conservatory of Music’s 150th Anniversary Season!

This season looks back on CCM’s illustrious history as one of the country’s oldest conservatories, celebrates the careers of its impressive alumni and faculty, and looks forward to the artistic futures of our incredible students! CCM traces its origins back to 1867. That year, a 31-year-old German émigré named Clara Baur founded what was then known as the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in a one-room studio. From this humble beginning, CCM has grown into one of the world’s premier conservatories for the performing and media arts.

CCM begins its Sesquicentennial with the completion of a $15-million renovation of Corbett Auditorium and Patricia Corbett Theater (PCT). Look for refurbished seats in both theaters, a spruced up PCT lobby, updated rigging, state-of-the-art sound and fiber optic cable that will enable live streaming. The Fall Choral Showcase on September 24 revives Norman Dello Joio’s Proud Music of the Storm, which Ralph and Patricia Corbett commissioned for CCM’s centenary and the dedication of Corbett Auditorium in 1967!

The Sesquicentennial celebrates alumni who are forging exciting careers. Broadway composer Stephen Flaherty (BM, 1982) is represented with his hit musical Seussical (October 19-22 and 25-29). Operatic soprano Adrienne Danrich (MM, 1995) returns for a Special Guest Recital on October 22. Composer Christopher Stark (MM, 2007) and the new music ensemble New Morse Code combine forces on October 29. And on November 2-4, CCM’s Acting Department mounts a production of Todd Almond’s (BM, 1999) The Earth Is Flat, a play about the American college experience set in UC’s own Calhoun Hall.

I look forward to welcoming you to the CCM Village to experience the conservatory’s ongoing history, the artistry of our alumni and faculty, and a chance to experience the stars of tomorrow!


bruce d. mcclung
Interim Dean | Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music


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