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History of the Program

Pam Myers

THE MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAM at CCM is the oldest in the country. It was established in 1968 by Helen Laird, with Jack Rouse serving as the first Chairman of the program. It served as the model for the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) in creating their guidelines for the accreditation of musical theatre programs in the United States and continues to be accredited by both bodies today.

The first graduate of the program was Pamela Myers (Class of 1969). In true "showbiz" fashion, she boarded a Greyhound Bus for New York City to seek fame and fortune. Her first Broadway audition was for a new musical written by a young composer and based on a series of one-act plays about life in the Big Apple. She sang a country and western song, "Little Green Apples" and was cast in the role of Marta. The composer was Stephen Sondheim; the musical was Company and nightly Pamela stopped the show singing "Another Hundred People." A year later she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress. Most recently, she returned to CCM as a guest artist, playing the role of Jeanette Burmeister in our production of The Full Monty.

Since then, CCM has graduated many students who have made a name for themselves as performers, directors, musical directors, choreographers and producers. And we have continued our association with the Tony Awards, with the coveted statuette going to such names as Faith Prince (Class of 1979) for Guys and Dolls, Michele Pawk (Class of 1985) for Hollywood Arms, Stephen Flaherty for Ragtime,  Kevin McCollum (Class of 1984) as producer of the musicals In the Heights, Avenue Q and Rent, Karen Olivo for West Side Story and Tom Viola (Class of 1976), in recognition for his work with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

30th Birthday

IN 1999, the Musical Theatre Program celebrated its Thirtieth Birthday with a gala concert in the newly renovated Corbett Auditorium. It featured performers from each of the three decades of the program including Pamela Myers, Michele Pawk, Jim and Bob Walton, Mark Waldrop, Jason Graae, Sharon Wheatley, Cindy Marchionda, Beth Blankenship and Cheryl Sylvester as well as Lisa Howard and the CCM Musical Theatre "Stars of Tomorrow." The Master of Ceremonies for the occasion was Jack Rouse and the concert was directed by Aubrey Berg, current holder of the Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre. In the audience were Helen Laird, Patricia Corbett and Oscar Kosarin, as well as many graduates of the program and the faculty who had taught them over the past thirty years.

In 2009, we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the program with a production of Hair, master classes by returning alumni, a keynote address and a gala cabaret by some of CCM's reigning divas. The opening night performance of Hair was accompanied by a gala fund-raising reception, "The Hair-Do," which raised more funding for scholarships than any event in CCM history. At the closing cabaret, a new scholarship fund was announced, in honor of the current program chair-holder.

"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
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Michele Pawk

Michele Pawk
Class of 1985

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Leigh Ann Larkin
Class of 2002

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Savannah Wise
Class of 2006

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