CCM: Prep

CCM: Prep
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Welcome to CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement

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Whether you are interested in Music, Dance or Theatre Arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department is sure to have a program to meet your needs or pique your interest. For motivated and talented students, CCM Preparatory offers classes and preparation for college study and a future in the performing arts. For anyone at any skill level, we can provide enjoyable and accessible arts opportunities.

Our students have gone on to major colleges including CCM, Northwestern, Baldwin-Wallace, University of Southern California and the University of Michigan. Several of our students have been featured on NPR's “From the Top,” as well as Broadway touring productions and competitions. But most of all, we are proud of all the students who participate in our programs and leave with a profound appreciation and lifelong love for the arts. For a more thorough look at our mission, please take a look at our Overview Page.

We are pleased to offer classes at satellite locations that allow easier access to some of our programs. We also offer programs for Young Children and Adults.

Talk to Us

If you have any questions about our programs or opportunities, give us a call at 513-556-2595, and we will arrange to discuss them with you by phone or at our offices on the CCM campus.

Looking for an Introductory Piano Class for Pre-Schoolers ?

Click on the piano page !


Upcoming Events

November 18

Music Recital, 5 p.m., Children’s Hospital

November 26-29

No Classes (Thanksgiving Weekend)

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

Summer 2015

An excerpt from Brief Interviews with Internet Cats.

Achievement Festival

Many congratulations to our CCM Preparatory students who did wonderful jobs at the Achievement Festival. We look forward to hearing their performances this year.

Overture Awards 2016

Please share this with your students who would be eligible for the Overture Awards. Deadline is November 1. CCM Preparatory is again nominating dancers, singers, instrumentalists, and theatre students.

CCM Preparatory is again accepting applications for students who wish to apply to the Overture Awards. You can win up to $4,000 in scholarship money !

The Cincinnati Arts Association is excited to sponsor the Overture Awards, now in its 20th year. There has been some changes to the online application process. Please review the guidelines before submitting applications. There have also been changes to the Regional Site locations, listed on the Region Competition page of the website; instrumental auditions will be held at CCM !

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Monday, November 9, 2016

Regional Competition: Saturday, January 9, 2016; Visual Art Portfolio Drip-Off: Friday, January 8, 2016

Semi-Final Competition: Friday & Saturday, January 29 & 30, 2016

Final Competition & Award Ceremony: Saturday, February 27, 2016

If you have any question, please contact CAA.

Kathleen Riemenschneider
Assistant Director of Education & Community Relations
Cincinnati Arts Association
650 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513-977-2119: Office
513-977-4150: Fax

What's New

2015 Gino James DiMario Annual Memorial Student Recital

2015 Gino James DiMario Annual Memorial Student Recital

Click here for more pictures. Photos by Mark Bowen.

2015-16 Gino James DiMario Scholarship Program

For music students, we are now accepting applications for the DiMario Scholarship. For the application form and rules, please click here.

New Wrinkles for
2015-16 Registration

In order to ensure that families are fully informed of our policies and that discounts and payment plans are available to everyone, we have suspended online registration for the present and are requiring both new and returning families to submit a signed registration form to the CCM Preparatory office. Please see our Registration Page for complete information.

The new registration form is more comprehensive and collects not only contact information and class and lesson requests, but also discount and payment plan requests, all in one document. In addition, the new form states clearly CCM Preparatory policies for consideration and acceptance at the time of registration.

Families may submit the form digitally, via mail or in person. The office will then register students and e-mail the family invoices and registration confirmations in order to collect initial payments.

2 Simple Ways to Help
CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement

1. Kroger Community Rewards

If you have a Kroger grocery card, please register it in Kroger's Community Rewards program and Kroger will donate a portion of what you spend to CCM Preparatory, and it won't affect the Kroger points you accumulate. Each year's program expires in April, so we hope you'll re-up each spring.

► Go to

► At the upper right, click "Sign In" if you have a card, or "Create an account" if you don't. You'll receive a confirmation and verification e-mail.

► Once you sign in or confirm your account, select "My Account" and then "Account Settings." Search for "CCM Prep" under Community Rewards and designate it as your organization of choice.

2. Goodsearch.

This Yahoo!-powered search engine donates a penny to CCM Preparatory every time you use it for a Web search. Simply visit and register via your e-mail or Facebook account. When asked to designate an organization to support, enter "CCM Preparatory." You will then have a personalized page that shows how much you have contributed.

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