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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 Violin?

The violin program prepares the student to attain a performance degree specializing in the technical and musical development pertaining to performance of the violin. The UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) provides a comprehensive and varied orchestral education for its students, from large orchestral performances to smaller groups focusing on specific periods as well as contemporary music.  CCM also offers a vibrant chamber music program for enrolled students with regular semester performances and an annual chamber music competition. Additionally, CCM holds a minimum of one violin competition annually where the winner performs their concerto with either the CCM Philharmonia or Concert Orchestra.

In addition to talent, the successful student demonstrates such attributes as academic competency, dedication, discipline, as well as comprehensive technical and musical training.

Career Possibilities

CCM offers its string students unprecedented performance opportunities as soloists and orchestral and chamber musicians, thus mirroring the musical world for which the students prepare. Preparation for auditions and competitions is thorough, and the impressive list of successful alumni speaks for CCM’s success in career placement. Teacher training and teaching opportunities through the Preparatory Department are an integral part of the CCM philosophy.

Graduates of CCM can be found as leading pedagogues at major conservatories in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Members of important string quartets and other chamber music ensembles, such as the Music From Marlboro series, have received their chamber music education at CCM. Many of CCM’s graduates can be found in permanent and leading positions in the world’s great orchestras, including the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic.


UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

In addition to outstanding artist-faculty and degree programs, CCM offers the advantage of being located in a city long known for its intense interest and suppport of the performing arts. Major musical events are held frequently. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performs in beautiful and historic Music Hall as well as in its summer home, Riverbend Music Center. The Cincinnati May Festival is the oldest continuous choral festival of its kind in the nation, and the Cincinnati Opera brings major artists to the city. The Cincinnati Art Museum, Taft Museum, Museum of Natural History, Contemporary Arts Center, Playhouse in the Park, and Cincinnati/New Orleans Ballet Company offer outstanding cultural opportunities.

Admission Requirements

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

Graduation Requirements

Several months before graduation, each candidate for a degree must file a formal application for degree with the college office. If a student fails to properly complete this application process, the university will not be responsible for the student's graduation. A minimum of one year in residence as a full-time student is required of all students wishing to apply for any degree awarded by CCM.


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


CCM's founding schools (the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the College of Music of Cincinnati) were both charter members of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The requirements for entrance and graduation in all music programs are in accordance with the published regulations of NASM.