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"CCM's program consistently produces some of the most talented and well-
trained collegians in the nation."

Scott Cain, Talkin' Broadway

THE MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAM at CCM is the oldest in the country and was the first of its kind. It was used by the National Association of Schools of Theatre in formulating the guidelines for accreditation of Musical Theatre programs nationwide. It is widely recognized for its "triple-threat" approach to training and many of its graduates are following careers as performers and creative artists in every facet of the entertainment industry.

Musical Theatre training at CCM includes:

  • A two-fold approach to vocal training with private voice lessons which focus on technique and "vocal coaching" which integrates voice and acting skills in the interpretation of the musical theatre song
  • A rigorous acting curriculum which includes the work of Anne Bogart, Michael Chekhov, Sanford Meisner, Robert Cohen, as well as Suzuki actor training, cabaret techniques, audition skills and acting for the camera
  • Extensive dance training in ballet, jazz, tap, modern and Pilates and the opportunity to explore choreography for the musical stage
  • Showcases which bookend the training experience: a Freshman Showcase presented in Cincinnati and a Senior Showcase presented for agents and casting directors in Chicago and New York City
  • A comprehensive production schedule with five musicals presented in three dynamically different "state of the art" theatre spaces each season


Congratulations to the winners in the annual League of Cincinnati Theatre Awards, which honor the best of Cincinnati professional theatre. CCM Musical Theatre’s productions were well represented.

LCT Awards

Outstanding Musical: Les Misérables, Aubrey Berg, Director; Choreography: Diane Lala and Patti James, Singin’ in the Rain; Musical Direction: Steve Goers, Les Misérables; Ensemble of a Musical: Les Misérables; Actor in a Musical: Blaine Krauss, Les Misérables; Featured Actor in a Musical: Matthew Paul Hill, Les Misérables; Featured Actress in a Musical: Jenny Hickman, Carrie. Our congratulations also to Mark Halpin, Scenic Design, Singin’ in the Rain.


Freshmen 2014

Max Chambers, EJ Dohring, Emily Fink, Joel Flynn, Ciera Harris, Marissa Hecker, Derek Kastner, Areo Keller, Phillip Johnson, Christopher Kelley, Stavros Koumbaros, Daniel Marhelko, Emily Meredith, Kyle Pollak, Emily Royer, Elliot Styles, Donelvan Thigpen, Brion Watson, Keaton Whittaker and Gabriel Wrobel.


Cincinnati Magazine
Cincinnati Magazine

IN 2005, CCM was singled out as the BEST PLACE TO CATCH A RISING STAR in Cincinnati Magazine’s Annual “Best of” Issue. Says the accompanying copy: “Many contemporary concert artists, opera singers and Broadway actors (see Shoshana Bean, Faith Prince and Lee Roy Reams, to name a few) first polished their acts here. Odds are good you’ll see a future headliner."

"If you are a high school student intent on studying musical theatre, more I cannot wish you than to enroll at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music."                                                                       

Peter Filichia, Theatre Week

Meet Our Students





Meet Our Musical
Theatre Alumni

Julian Decker

Class of 2014

Julian performs as Quasimodo in Stephen Schwartz’s new musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame currently at the La Jolla Playhouse. Of his performance, Stage Scene LA writes: "It goes without saying that there could be no Hunchback of Notre Dame without a Quasimodo to remember, and in Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Class of 2014 grad Decker, the role usually played by Broadway/TV star Michael Arden is in supremely qualified hands. With only the smearing on of some face paint, the addition of strap-on hump and an abundance of talent, Decker transforms himself from handsome young leading man (he played Jean Valjean in CCM’s Les Miz earlier this year) to misshapen “monster” with the heart and soul (and voice) of an angel. Decker’s is a star performance of the first magnitude and I feel fortunate to have been able to witness it.”

Aaron Lazar & Sting


Aaron Lazar (MFA, 2002), pictured with Sting at the Chicago opening of The Last Ship, the original musical with music and lyrics by Sting and book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey. The musical made its world premiere at the Bank of America Theatre, Chicago, and is scheduled to transfer to the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway. Aaron plays Arthur Millburn, the romantic lead in the love-triangle at the center of the musical. The show is produced by Musical Theatre graduate and Broadway producer Kevin McCollum (Class of 1986).



Photo Credits

Banner Top: Finale, Crazy for You, Corbett Auditorium.