CCM: Prep

CCM: Prep
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Welcome to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory and Community Engagement

CCM Preparatory offers a wide variety of programs in Music, Dance and Theatre Arts for all ages and levels – toddlers, preschoolers, youth, teens, adults, motivated pre-professional students preparing for a future in the performing arts and arts enthusiasts of all ages. Both at the College-Conservatory of Music on the University of Cincinnati West Campus and through numerous satellite locations and partnerships across our community, we aim to provide excellent, enjoyable and accessible arts opportunities within a highly creative environment that educate and inspire the whole student and serve a catalyst for transforming and empowering our communities.

We invite you to browse our program offerings online and contact us with your questions by email or phone at 513-556-2595. CCM Preparatory Faculty and Staff look forward to hearing from you!

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Discover hidden talents, make friends and explore new skills this summer at CCM Preparatory. Our Summer Programs will provide you with the finest arts education available in the Cincinnati area. Registration is now open and we encourage you to look over our program offerings.

Summer Music Programs

Summer Ballet Programs

Summer Theatre Arts Programs

Arts Immersion 2016 for High Schoolers

To learn more about our programs or for information about how to register, please call our office at 513-556-2595. Refer to our website for up-to-date information about 2016 summer programs.

Summer Programs Registration Now Open

Register by May 1 and take advantage of early bird discounts for select programs. Register now!

Summer 2016 Immersion for High Schoolers

Voice Workshop

Lisa Ericksen, director

July 10-23.

Students will work in Master Class settings with CCM voice and drama faculty, CCM Preparatory faculty and professional vocal coaches to develop a healthy vocal delivery, strong interpretation, language skills and physical freedom in their singing. Private lessons (optional) available. Auditions are required. Details.

Acting Workshop

Robert Allen, director

July 11-23.
Performance: 1 p.m., July 23, Studio Theater, CCM

The High School Acting workshop is an intensive two-week program where students study movement for the actor, stage combat, the Sanford Meisner technique, practical acting skills, rehearsal process, professional demeanor, audition technique and acting as a career. Faculty includes CCM Preparatpry, CCM faculty plus guest artists and instructors. 2016 schedule TBA. No audition is required.

Jazz Academy

Jennifer Grantham, director

July 11-15

CCM Jazz Academy offers an outstanding experience to study jazz performance with professional musicians in a variety of settings. Daily ensemble rehearsals will be augmented with classes in jazz theory, jazz arranging, improvisation, and jazz listening, as well as Master Classes with guest artists and faculty members. Faculty includes CCM Preparatory and college instructors, along with guest artists and teachers. The week concludes with a performance by the student combos and Jazz Ensemble. Auditions are required, but for placement in the ensemble only; all eligible students are accepted.

Making of a Music Major (high-school band)

Dr. Ann Porter, director

July 17-22

Are you considering becoming a music major in college?  Regardless of whether you want to be a performer or teacher, this is the program that can help you develop the skills needed for admission to your dream school.  In addition to high quality instrumental ensemble experiences, we will help you get ready for becoming a music major with seminars devoted to: nailing an audition, fundamentals of audition/admission procedures, career exploration in music, theory/musicianship basics, how to land the scholarship you need!  Meet the faculty and interact with current students at CCM in large and small ensemble settings in our world class facility.  Private lessons available for additional fee.

No audition is required, but participants will audition for positions on the first day of class. For additional information, e-mail CCM Preparatory at or phone 513-556-2595.

Summer Apprenticeships for High Schoolers

High school students with an interest in the arts and who enjoy working with children are encouraged to apply for summer apprenticeships. Apprentices serve as role models for our young artists and support them in day-to-day program activities.

Apprentices will receive tuition credit for either 2016 Preparatory Summer Programs or group classes during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Download the Apprentice Application. The deadline to apply has been extened to Saturday, May 7.

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Upcoming Events

April 30

Due to Graduation activities at the University of Cincinnati, there are no classes on Saturday, April 30. Have a wonderful weekend!

Please see the Calendar Page for more dates in the 2015-16 school year.

Early-Bird Deadline for 2016 Summer

Register for summer programs by May 1 to take advantage of early-bird discounts. Explore our summer programs and register today!

May 14
Year-End Festival

Let's celebrate! Join us for the annual celebration of our talented music, dance and theatre arts students at the Year-End Festival. Details available through this link.

Cast Lists for Camp Curtain Call and CenterStage!

Thank you to the students who auditioned. Click here for the cast lists.