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CCM: About

CCM: About
The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

Academic Programs & Majors

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs. Refer to the chart below for more information on the types of degrees offered by each program and click on the degree titles to view specific degree plans.

What is Musical Theater?

The UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) 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 emphases on imagination, analysis and technical skill, our program provides the craft to master a popular art form and 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.

Training in musical theatre at CCM is rigorous. We are preparing young people for an inordinately difficult 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 each student receives a great deal of individual attention from the faculty.

We keep our eye on the future. Our aim is twofold: 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 role as 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 broad-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.

Career Possibilities

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 Wicked, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Shrek, Chicago, Billy Elliot, Sister Act and The Book of Mormon. 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. (A far-reaching 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.

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 the musical theatre and 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 lasting appreciation and love for the performing arts.


UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Many things are special about musical theatre at CCM. Perhaps the most impressive are the performers who graduate from our program: men and women well grounded in the demanding techniques of musical theatre -- imaginative and creative, and capable of bringing their intellectual and artistic gifts to bear on the challenges of the art.

Our graduates can explore their art in depth and communicate their intentions in fluid and expressive ways. Musical theatre demands a high level of commitment from our students. Discipline and professionalism are the essential components of this program. Hours spent in the classroom, the studio and the rehearsal rooms are long and grueling, but the rewards are great. 

There is no denying you'll find music at CCM -- we're one of the oldest conservatories of music in the United States. But if you look past our name and into our curriculum, you'll find a lot more. CCM is a comprehensive school for the arts with programs in opera, dance, musical theatre, dramatic performance, theatre design and production, television, radio, music performance, music education and arts administration. 

Over 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students (representing 44 states and 35 foreign countries) attend CCM. In the Corbett Center for the Performing Arts, they create over 800 public performances each year -- more than any other arts organization in Ohio. 

Special Programs

As a musical theatre student, you'll have an opportunity to perform in state-of-the-art theatres. You'll have dance studios, rehearsal halls, a scene shop, a costume shop, a make-up lab and dozens of practice rooms, teaching studios and general purpose classrooms at your disposal. And if that's not enough, the superb facilities also include a proscenium theatre, a thrust stage, a brand new vocal arts center, a space dedicated for master classes in all performance areas, an acoustically-perfect concert hall and a versatile "black box" studio theatre.

CCM provides a high-energy, conservatory-style training center for artists of all kinds, with the additional benefits of a large, dynamic state university. For the student intent on pursuing a professional career in the arts -- it's the place to be.

Admission Requirements

For specific admissions information, International student requirements and application deadlines please visit the CCM Admissions website.

Transferring to UC Requirements

The musical theatre program accepts transfers at the freshman and sophomore level only. Admission to the UC musical theatre program as a transfer student is based upon the completion of a successful audition and previous experience in core theatre curriculum courses. Transfer students at the sophomore level should show the same competencies in voice, dance and acting as students who have completed their freshman year at CCM.

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Students changing majors from other programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The musical theatre program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and is also a member of the National Alliance of Musical Theatre.