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The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music's home in the 1880s at Eighth and Vine Streets in Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music's home in the 1880s at Eighth and Vine Streets in Cincinnati.

CCMat150: Key Moments in CCM and Cincinnati History

Clara Baur founded the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1867 — the same year the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge opened to traffic. Two years later, the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the world’s first professional baseball team. Explore photos from CCM’s 150-year timeline to compare key moments of the college’s and Cincinnati’s history.

1819

Cincinnati is incorporated as a city. The Cincinnati College and Medical College of Ohio are chartered. These two institutions pave the way for what will become the University of Cincinnati.
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1842

The Midwest's first Sängerfest takes place in Cincinnati's old Armory Hall.

The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge opened to traffic between Covington and Cincinnati the same year CCM was founded, in 1867.

The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge.

Clara Baur founds the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1867

Baur established the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in a one-room studio in Miss Nourse’s School for Young Ladies.

1867

Clara Baur founds the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Miss Nourse's School for Young Ladies, offering classes in voice and piano and thereby establishing one of the first music conservatories in the United States. Previously that same year, the John A. Roebling Suspension bridge opens to traffic between Covington and Cincinnati.

 

1869

The Cincinnati Red Stockings becomes the world's first professional baseball team.

Cincinnati Red Stockings founded in 1869

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1870

The city of Cincinnati officially establishes the University of Cincinnati.
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1871

Cincinnati's Tyler Davidson Fountain, also known as "The Genius of Water," is dedicated.
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1873

A group of visionaries led by Theodore Thomas, who would become the first conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, organizes Cincinnati's first May Festival. The festival is such a success that it prompts the construction of the largest concert hall in America. Cincinnati Music Hall is officially dedicated at the third May Festival in 1878.
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1875

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden opens.

Cincinnati zoo
Cincinnati's Tyler Davidson Fountain is dedicated in 1871

"The Genius of Water" sits on Cincinnati's Fountain Square.

Cincinnati Music Hall.

Cincinnati Music Hall

1878

The College of Music of Cincinnati is established by Reuben R. Springer and George Ward Nichols together with a group of cultural leaders who founded the May Festival. Theodore Thomas is named the school's first director. Classes are initially held in Dexter Hall, which is located on the third floor of the Elm Street side of Cincinnati Music Hall.

CCM ad from the First CSO Program

CCM advertised in the CSO's first concert program.

The former Shillito Mansion

Shillito Mansion

The College of Music of Cincinnati's administration building on Central Parkway.

The College of Music of Cincinnati's administration building on Central Parkway.

1895

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is founded. Frank Van der Stucken is appointed the CSO's first conductor and also serves as dean of the College of Music until 1901.
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1902

The Conservatory of Music moves to the former Shillito Mansion in Mount Auburn. The student body numbers 1,000 and the faculty totals 30, including some of the best-known musicians of the time.
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1906

The University of Cincinnati creates the first cooperative education program in the world.
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1912

Clara Baur passes away, at which point her niece Bertha Baur is appointed director of the Conservatory of Music.
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1924

The College of Music becomes one of the founding members of the accrediting body the National Association of Schools of Music.
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1933

Cincinnati Union Terminal opens.  

Cincinnati Union Terminal

Cincinnati Union Terminal

1936

The College of Music founds the first American collegiate broadcast department, offering courses in radio with WLW staff musician Uberto Templeton Neely as the program's director.
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1946

The College of Music begins granting the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Radio Broadcasting.
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1953

The LaSalle String Quartet joins the College of Music as an ensemble-in-residence.
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1953

The Greater Cincinnati Television Education Foundation establishes the first location for WCET TV in the College of Music. WCET begins live broadcasts the following year.

The College of Music founds the first American collegiate broadcast department, offering courses in radio with WLW staff musician Uberto Templeton Neely as the program's director.
The LaSalle String Quartet

The LaSalle String Quartet

CCM logo from 1955 to 1962

1955

The College and the Conservatory merge to form the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
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1959

Gerald Covell founds the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, located in the Eden Park Shelter house.

Albert Sabin polio vaccine
J. Ralph Corbett, CCM Dean Jack Watson and Patricia Corbett

J. Ralph Corbett, Jack Watson and Patricia Corbett

CCM Dance James Truitte

Professor James Truitte leads a CCM Dance class in the late 1960s.

CCM Musical Theatre students performed Bye Bye Birdie in the 1960s.

CCM Musical Theatre students pose on the set of "Bye Bye Birdie" in Wilson Auditorium.

1960

Dr. Albert B. Sabin develops the live oral polio vaccine while on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and staff of Children's Hospital Medical Center. This vaccine makes possible the worldwide eradication of polio, saving millions from the virus' crippling effects.
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1962

The College-Conservatory of Music becomes the 14th college of the University of Cincinnati. The school is headed by Dean Jack Watson, an alumnus of the Conservatory of Music.
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1967

The new $5 million Corbett Center for the Performing Arts opens, heralded by a week of world-premiere performances. John Cage is named CCM composer-in-residence. The broadcasting department moves into the Powell Crosley Wing of the new Mary Emery Hall.
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1968

CCM becomes the first official school for the Cincinnati Ballet Company.
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1969

CCM confers the United States' first BFA degree in musical theatre. The program serves as the model for the National Association of Schools of Music and the National Association of School of Theatre in creating their guidelines for the accreditation of musical theatre programs nationwide. CCM Musical Theater prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018-19.
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1974

Dorothy DeLay, internationally acclaimed teacher of the viloin, joins the CCM faculty.
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1976

Jazz and studio music are offered as major subjects for the first time. The new department is chaired by Frank Brown, a Cincinnati jazzman.

1977

Cincinnati experiences the coldest overnight low in the city's history — 25 degrees below zero — on Jan. 18, 1977. The Ohio River freezes solid, allowing people to cross the waterway on foot.
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1983

UC's drama program moves to CCM and the degree is officially changed from a liberal arts-based BA to a performance-based BFA. Now known as CCM Acting, the program celebrates its 35th anniversary this season.
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1984

Riverbend Music Center opens with a performance by the Cincinnati Pops under the direction of Erich Kunzel.
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1985

The CCM Philharmonia makes its debut at New York's Carnegie Hall under the direction of Gerhard Samuel.
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1988

The first Tall Stacks festival coincides with Cincinnati's bicentennial celebration.
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1990

The arts administration department joins with UC's College of Business Administration to offer both the MBA and MA.
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1991

CCM is the first arts program in Ohio to be awarded an Eminent Scholar Grant. Concert pianist James Tocco is named Eminent Scholar in Chamber Music as well as artist-in-residence.
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1993

The Cincinnati Children's Choir is founded. The CCM ensemble-in-residence celebrates its 25th anniversary this season.
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1993

The CCM Wind Symphony, led by Eugene Corporon, tours Japan.
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1995

The Dieterle Vocal Arts Center opens as the home for CCM's choral, voice and opera departments.

The Ohio Rivers freezes solid enough for people to walk on it.

People walk across the frozen Ohio River during one of the coldest winters in Cincinnati history.

Gerhard Samuel with the CCM Philharmonia

Gerhard Samuel leads the CCM Philharmonia.

Cincinnati Children's Choir

CCM ensemble-in-residence the Cincinnati Children's Choir.

CCM Wind Symphony

CCM Wind Symphony, led by Eugene Corporon.

Corbett Auditorium
CCM Scene Shop

1996

The redesigned, rebuilt and refurbished Corbett Auditorium opens its doors. The auditorium is selected as the Outstanding Theater Renovation Project in the United States by the United States Institute for Theater Technology. Memorial Hall reopens as the home for performance studies and keyboard programs.
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1997

CCM's new state-of-the-art Theatre Design and Production Wing opens.
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1999

The CCM Village opens with a new Mary Emery Hall and Plaza, Studio Theater and the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. CCM celebrates the completion of the project with a series of special events.
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2004

The Grammy Award-nominated Dale Warland Singers chooses CCM as the final home for its score library and archives, which represents one of the largest collections of contemporary choral works in the country.

2008

CCM makes history by making the largest ever unit purchase of pianos: 165 instruments from Steinway & Sons. The purchase receives national media attention, including a feature on CBS Sunday Morning.
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2011

CCM is recognized as Ohio's first and only Center of Excellence in Music and Theatre Arts by the Ohio Board of Regents.
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2011

The Cincinnati Opera and CCM announce the creation of Opera Fusion: New Works, designed to support the development of new American operas.
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2012

The Ariel String Quartet is named an ensemble-in-residence at CCM.

CCM makes the largest ever unit purchase of pianos: 165 instruments from Steinway & Sons.

CCM makes largest ever unit purchase of pianos from Steinway & Sons in 2008.

Ariel Quartet

CCM's string-quartet-in-residence the Ariel Quartet.

CSO/CCM Diversity Fellow Diana Flores (center) performs with the CSO

CSO/CCM Diversity Fellow Diana Flores (center) performs with the CSO.

2015

CCM and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announce that they are the combined recipient of a $900,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which will be used to pilot a groundbreaking collaborative fellowship program aimed at developing young, graduate-level musicians from underrepresented populations and preparing them for the professional orchestra world. In 2017 The Mellon Foundation renews its commitment with a $850,000 grant.

CCM celebrates it's 150th Anniversary in 2017

2017

Work begins on $15 million upgrades to performance spaces in the Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.

CCM celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding with an unparalleled series of performance and special events designed to highlight a tradition of innovation and excellence dating back to 1867.

This is our story. This is your season. Join us for a celebration 150 years in the making...