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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 Voice?

The undergraduate degree in voice at the UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) offers excellent training with the faculty of one of the premier voice/opera programs in the country. Emphasis is on the development of skills: technical, linguistic, musical and academic. Fundamentals of good vocal technique are instilled through basic art song repertoire. With increased maturity, more demanding repertoire is introduced, including arias from operas and oratorios.

Singers must learn to perform in a variety of languages: at least English, Italian, German and French. One year of grammar study is required in each foreign language, as well as additional study of diction. Musical skills and understanding are developed through participation in choral ensembles, music theory and music history classes.

In addition to exhibiting talent, the successful student will work hard, demonstrate good training and persevere.

Career Possibilities

Graduates of the CCM voice program may find professional performance opportunities with opera companies, orchestras and other organizations that present classical music concerts. With an advanced degree, teaching at the college level is a possible career path.

Most graduating students will need to continue vocal studies either privately or in a graduate program. Professional singing is an extremely competitive field, and sufficient vocal and musical maturity are essential. CCM has an excellent record of graduates who have been engaged by American and European opera companies and symphony orchestras such as; The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Glyndebourne, Berlin, Houston Grand Opera, English National Opera, London Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Washington Opera, Concert Gebouw, Wiener Staadsoper, among others.  In addition, many CCM graduates hold teaching positions as artist-teachers on the faculties of many music departments across the country.


UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The UC College-Conservatory of Music adheres to very high standards in the training of young singers. An excellent faculty coupled with a well-earned international reputation allows CCM to be very selective in the admissions process. The facilities are superb and attract a knowledgeable audience to student performances. CCM has an unusually dedicated number of patrons in the community who sponsor students in the form of scholarship and audition assistance.

Performance opportunities abound for the CCM singer through numerous ensembles, workshop performances, opera productions and religious institutions in the Cincinnati area.

The artistic atmosphere of Cincinnati, a city long known for its musical life and intense interest in the arts, is one that enhances the student's education. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, May Festival, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet Company, Matinee Musicale Series, Taft Chamber Concerts, Chamber Music of Cincinnati, as well as numerous theater subscription series, museums, and outstanding public broadcasting stations, WGUC and WCET, are but a few of the opportunities available to CCM students.

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 the NASM.