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  • CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement offers a wide variety of programs in Music, Dance and Theatre Arts for youth and teens of all skill levels — including arts enthusists looking for a summer summer experience and motivated students preparing for a future in the performing arts. Learn more here.

  • Clara Baur founded the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1867 — the same year the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge opened to traffic. Two years later, the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the world’s first professional baseball team. Read through CCM’s 150-year timeline to compare key moments of the college’s and Cincinnati’s history. Learn more here.

  • CCM graduate Tavi Wolf (BFA, 1999) is leading a new alumni giving campaign for the Division of Electronic Media, which encourages grads to “give one day” to CCM in order to keep current students supplied with industry-level production equipment. Learn more here.

  • The Friends of CCM and the CCM Alumni Governing Board have merged to create a new organization! New this year, CCMpower offers free membership to students and alumni. Learn more about CCMpower here.
  • CCM Drama is now CCM Acting! The Department of Dramatic Performance has a new academic identity and degree name to better reflect the scope of training and experience offered to students in the program. Learn more about the move to CCM Acting here.
  • You can jam with a virtual band on your laptop or study the music of the Beatles while earning class credit over the summer! CCM's online arts courses on movies, video games and more are just a click away. Learn more about CCM's next session of Summer Fine Arts elective classes here.
  • By popular demand, official CCM merchandise is now available for purchase online! Proceeds from sales go directly toward student projects within CCM, including undergraduate master classes and productions, music stands for practice rooms and much more. Place your order here.
  • Through CCM's Student Artist Program, our stars-of-tomorrow are sharing their talents throughout the tri-state area! CCM Director of Community Engagement Anne Cushing-Reid provides an update on these activities here.
  • We have announced our schedule of Summer Programs and Educational Workshops for 2015! From February through August, CCM will present a number of opportunities for talented young artists and music educators to hone their skills with our own world-class faculty and visiting master teachers. View the full schedule here.
  • CCM's acclaimed string quartet-in-residence, the Ariel Quartet, has launched an immersive new website, complete with an extensive library of performance videos! Learn more about the new online home for the Ariel Quartet here.
  • Through the Talent for Hire program, CCM's talented students and alumni can bring world-class artistry to your special event! Learn more at

More Facts about CCM

  • Founded in 1867, CCM offers the benefits of a professional training conservatory within a comprehensive public university setting.
  • CCM boasts nearly 1,000 events annually, ranging from solo recitals to fully-staged opera and musical theatre productions.
  • CCM ensembles have performed internationally, recorded for major labels and won ASCAP awards for excellence and programming.
  • Nine degrees are offered (BA, BM, BFA, MFA, MM, MA, AD, DMA, PhD) in more than 100 possible majors.
  • CCM's musical theatre program is widely considered one of the best in the country. This year the program will audition 643 prospective students for 18 spots, a less than three percent acceptance rate.
  • CCM is home to an innovative, highly-regarded arts administration program that offers a dual MA/MBA degree. For three consecutive years, 100 percent of arts administration graduates have gained employment in their chosen field.
  • The Gorno Memorial Music Library houses more than 120,000 volumes, including books, music scores, periodicals, microforms and recordings that support the full range of programs offered.
  • The library is supplemented by the Music Listening Center, which offers an advanced audio system with 48 listening stations and 24 computer stations.
  • In the fall of 1999, CCM completed a $93 million, seven-year-long project in which existing buildings within the complex were fully renovated and new facilities constructed.
  • CCM was one of only 14 recipients, from among 421 submissions, of the 2000 National Honor Award for Outstanding Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.
  • Among the performance spaces are the 730-seat Corbett Auditorium, the 380-seat Patricia Corbett Theater, the versatile Cohen Family Studio Theater, the 250-seat Robert J. Werner Recital Hall and the 140-seat Watson Recital Hall.
  • "Smart" classrooms allow electronic access to the latest information in real time and offer opportunities for cutting-edge audiovisual presentations.
  • Production facilities include an 8,500 square-foot scene shop; 3,000 square-foot costume shop; wig, make-up and prosthetics studios; design/drafting studio; sound design studio; and a lighting laboratory.
  • In 2009 CCM received the designation of “All Steinway-School,” a distinction shared by the top conservatories in the world. CCM has also become one of the largest repositories of Steinway pianos outside the company’s Long Island City, N.Y.-based factory.
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