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The "Triple-Threat" Philosophy

THE COLLEGE-CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC provides professional conservatory training designed to help singers, dancers and actors become accomplished musical theatre performers—mature and polished exponents of the most collaborative of all the arts. With its emphasis on imagination, analysis and technical skill, our program provides the craft to master a popular art form, to capture in sound and movement those universal emotions that have made the musical America's most visible contribution to world theatre.

At CCM we are in the business of turning out "Triple Threats" — talented young people who can sing, dance and act with equal accomplishment. Our students contribute positively to the growth of the American musical theatre. We encourage them to explore techniques beyond the spoken word to project dramatic ideas. We make the non-literal an essential part of the creative and interpretive process.

We are extremely proud of our program at CCM and regard our students as members of a large theatrical family. We have a demanding and difficult course of training with intensive class-work and little time for relaxation. However, we provide our graduates with the wherewithal to survive in a highly competitive field.

Our faculty is committed to helping dedicated students find employment in an overcrowded profession. Our graduates are working on Broadway and throughout the nation in such productions as The Book of Mormon, Pippin, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Kinky Boots, Big Fish, Newsies and The Lion King. Students represent us in national and international touring  productions, in dinner theatres and theme parks, on cruise ships, on  television, in talent agencies, as producers and in many of the related  entertainment fields. (The network of CCM professionals often helps our students make the difficult transition to a career in the arts.)

Our graduates generally relocate to a city rich in cultural opportunities — New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. Some enter graduate programs or serve as apprentices in established producing organizations; others seek careers in related areas as musical directors, choreographers, casting directors or producers. The skills acquired in our classes provide an excellent background for whatever artistic endeavors our graduates wish to pursue.

PLEASE REMEMBER that the training at CCM is rigorous. We are preparing young people for an inordinately difficult and heart-breaking profession. It is not the school for everyone and not everyone is the kind of student for us. Our admission standards are highly competitive —  we accept about five percent of those who audition for us annually. We keep our classes small so that individual attention from the faculty can be maintained.

We keep our eye  on the future. Our aim is two-fold: to meet the needs of the professional student in preparing for a career in the performing arts and to engage that student in a meaningful educational experience. We see no  inconsistency in our dual roles of career builders and educators. For the  performer of the future the qualities of critical, analytical and independent thinking so essential in the study of the arts and sciences, also serve as a valuable foundation for creative work. As the boundaries among the performing arts become less clearly defined, a broadly based education becomes an essential tool for the performer.

We nurture aesthetic values in our students by encouraging them to examine their own ideas about quality in the arts  —  in other words by engaging their critical faculties. We focus on individual ingenuity and examine the nature of artistic communication. We want our students to find their study of the performing arts an enriching  experience, one that they can sustain after graduation.

MUSICAL THEATRE DEMANDS a high level of commitment from the student. At CCM, training in musical theatre is not about being famous or becoming a star. It is about learning to work in ways that contribute positively to the art of musical theatre, about the unique interaction among the many and varied aspects that make up the musical stage. It is about freeing our own creativity and building a love of and a lasting appreciation for the Performing Arts.

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

Scott Cain, Talkin' Broadway

Meet Our Students

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing
Our Alumni

Nikki Renee Daniels

Nikki Renee Daniels
Class of 2001

Marla Mindelle

Marla Mindelle
Class of 2006

Jason Graae

Jason Graae
Class of 1980

Adam Monley

Adam Monley
Class of 2000

Photo Credits

Banner Top: Stephanie Gibson and Preston Truman Boyd in The Pajama Game.