Alumni & Support

Your investment in CCM is an investment in our students and in securing the future of the performing and digital arts. We count on your support to further CCM’s mission and support the unique educational experiences that have earned CCM its reputation for excellence.

Whether you invest in CCM through direct donations, attending performances, sharing your time and talents or a combination of the three, thank you. Your investment in CCM is an investment in our students, faculty and in the what comes NEXT in the arts.


CCM's dynamic and influential alumni network includes over 13,600 artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, researchers, leaders and professionals around the world. The support of our generous alumni financially, or through the donation of your time and talent provides an exceptional experience for our current students and fosters a culture of excellence at the college. 

Are you ready to engage with CCM? Find your niche as an engaged and active alumna or alumnus by coming to social events, returning to campus for a performance or master class, volunteering, networking or giving back to the college. Continue your relationship with us beyond graduation.

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Alumni News


Arts Admin alumna Kathy Wade wins Governor’s Award for the Arts...

February 10, 2023

The Ohio Arts Council selected UC College-Conservatory of Music alumna Kathy Wade (MM Arts Administration, '81) to receive a Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio. In recognition of their impactful and visionary leadership in Ohio’s creative sector and their sustained dedication to promoting artistic excellence, awardees will be honored during a ceremony on May 17, 2023. Each of the winners will receive an original work of art by painter Brian Robinson of Dover.


CCM alumna featured in PBS broadcast

November 2, 2022

To celebrate its return to the newly renovated David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, the New York Philarmonic recorded a program of masterworks and world premieres to be broadcast on PBS. Led by Philharmonic Music Director Jaap van Zweden, the concert features CCM alumna Joélle Harvey (BM Voice '07, MM Voice '09) as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” The recorded program will premiere at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, as part of PBS’s Great Performances series.


In Memoriam: Trailblazing trombonist Betty Glover, CCM alumna...

October 3, 2022

The University of Cincinnati is saddened to share news of the passing of CCM alumna and former faculty member Betty Glover. As one of the first female orchestral trombonists in the country, Glover made a significant impact in the world of music and enjoyed an incredible career. She passed away on Sept. 27, 2022, at the age of 99.


"30 Years of Stephen" brings Broadway to CCM on Sept. 23

Event: September 23, 2022 8:00 PM

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music is thrilled to present a spectacular evening of music and stories, featuring our incredible students and a sampling of CCM's most notable alumni. Join us for a front-row seat to the world premiere of 30 Years of Stephen: The Music of Stephen Flaherty on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 in Corbett Auditorium.


CCM and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra report Diversity...

August 2, 2022

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) are proud to announce recent successes of their CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship program. Established in 2015 and launched with a grant from The Mellon Foundation, the nationally-recognized program amplifies and supports extraordinary young string players from populations historically underrepresented in American orchestras through a specialized, two-year graduate degree-level education, professional development and mainstage performance opportunities with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Four CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows have obtained full-time positions with major American orchestras for the 2022-23 season; additional Diversity Fellows successes include careers in music education, social change and orchestral administration.


In Memoriam: CCM Assistant Dean Emeritus Paul Hillner

July 22, 2022

The University of Cincinnati is saddened to share news of the passing of CCM Assistant Dean Emeritus Paul Hillner. A pillar of the CCM community for more than 40 years, Hillner passed away on July 20, 2022, at the age of 70.


Playbill: CCM Musical Theatre alum wins Ashley Longshore...

June 28, 2022

UC College-Conservatory of Music Musical Theatre alumnus Blaine Alden Krauss is the inaugural recipient of YoungArts' The Ashley Longshore Excellence in the Arts Award. In honor of musical theatre artist Patrick B. Hale, the award aims to support to artists at all stages of their careers. Winners receive an unrestricted $25,000 award and mentorship opportunities.


CCM alum Avishay Shalom wins first prize at the Nikisch...

June 16, 2022

Conductor, arranger and CCM alumnus Avishay Shalom (MM Orchestral Conducting, ‘16) received first prize at the second edition of the Arthur Nikisch International Conducting Competition, which was held from June 6-11, 2022, in Bulgaria.


CCM alum Evan Gidley named executive director of Cincinnati...

June 7, 2022

One of Cincinnati’s most popular performing ensembles is welcoming new leadership this summer, and there’s a CCM connection: alumnus Evan Gidley (MM Saxophone Performance, ‘18) was recently named executive director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. An independent ensemble of 32 professional musicians, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra (CCO) launched the critically acclaimed “Summermusik” festival in August 2015.


CCM alumnus recognized by GRAMMY Museum and Chorus America Awards

April 11, 2022

The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum recently announced their semifinalists for the 2022 Music Educator Award, one of whom is CCM alumnus Brandon Elliot (MM Choral Conducting, ‘14). Elliot was also awarded the Chorus America Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal. Elliot is a tenure-track professor and the director of choral and vocal activities at southern California’s Moorpark College.


CCM stars share stage with Lady Gaga at the Grammys

April 5, 2022

You might have noticed an enthusiastic trumpet player in a white tuxedo performing next to Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards last weekend. Brian Newman (Jazz Studies, att. ’99-’03) is a longtime band member of the pop star-turned-belter, and the award show was no exception.


Commercial Music Production alum performs with Gladys Knight

March 14, 2022

Bryard Huggins (BM Commercial Music Production, ‘17) recently accompanied iconic soul singer Gladys Knight for a concert in Florida. Huggins was featured as an up-and-coming artist and performed alongside Knight in a cover of Barbara Streisand’s “The Way We Were,” followed by a solo rendition of Richard Smallwood’s “Total Praise.” Knight has a history of helping launch the careers of pop crooners like Alicia Keys and Michael Bublé through these side-by-side appearances. On April 25, Huggins will collaborate onstage with Knight once more for a concert at the Ryman Auditorium in his hometown.

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