Composition, Musicology and Theory

Composition professor reviews sheet music on a piano with her student

CCM's Division of Composition, Musicology and Theory offers student composers, music researchers and theorists opportunities to create original works, understand the complicated contexts of music's long history and develop analytical procedures.

The division places great emphasis on merging the theoretical with the practical in biennial graduate student conferences, an in-house and student-run journal, residencies by leading composers and a robust lecture series featuring distinguished speakers. It serves as a resource for all music students, enriching the already active musical atmosphere of the college.

Coursework for the MM and PhD degrees in musicology and theory is comprehensive and rigorous. It includes seminars, special topics courses, colloquia and professional development. These degrees offer a unique opportunity to pursue an academic discipline in a performance-oriented school.

The BM, MM and DMA degrees in composition include one-on-one composition lessons and ample opportunities to work with CCM ensembles and community organizations for hearings and performances. The division is also closely tied to UC's Albino Gorno Memorial Library/CCM Library, which boasts nearly 200,000 volumes of books and journals, scores, audio and video recordings and microforms. 

Composition Faculty

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Michael D. Fiday

Professor of Composition

513-967-6492

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Ellen R. Harrison

Adjunct Associate Professor of Composition; CCM Prep Master Teacher, Theory and Composition

513-556-6046

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Mara M. Helmuth

Professor of Composition

513-556-0807

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Douglas Knehans

Norman Dinerstein Professor of Composition Scholar

513-556-9401

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Miguel A. Roig-Francoli

Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music Theory and Composition

513-556-1821

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Felipe Tovar-Henao

Charles Henry Turner Post-Doctoral Fellow

513-556-6046


Music Theory Faculty

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David Carson Berry

Professor of Music Theory

513-556-9503

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Steven Joel Cahn

Professor of Music Theory

513-556-7820

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C. Catherine Losada

Professor of Music Theory

513-556-9567

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Samuel Y. Ng

Associate Professor of Music Theory

513-556-9502

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Miguel A. Roig-Francoli

Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music Theory and Composition

513-556-1821

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Christopher Segall

Interim Division Head of Composition, Musicology, and Theory; Associate Professor of Music Theory

513-556-6251


Musicology Faculty

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Shelina Louise Brown

Assistant Professor of American Music

513-556-6046

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Jenny Doctor

Head of the CCM Library, Associate Professor of Musicology

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James Feist

Adjunct Assistant Professor

513-556-6046

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Stefan P. Fiol

Professor of Ethnomusicology

513-556-9529

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Alexandra Kori Hill

Adjunct Instructor of Musicology

513-556-6046

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Damian Hoskins

Adjunct Instructor of Musicology

513-556-5803

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Megan Steigerwald Ille

Assistant Professor-Educator of Musicology

513-556-6046

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Jeongwon Joe

Associate Professor of Musicology

513-556-9571

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Jonathan Kregor

Interim Dean and Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music; Professor of Musicology

513-556-3737

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Stephen Conrad Meyer

Professor of Musicology

513-556-6046

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Julien Monick

Adjunct Instructor of Musicology

513-556-6046

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Stanley E. Romanstein

Professor of Musicology

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Stephanie P. Schlagel

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor of Musicology

513-556-9470

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Jewel Smith

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Musicology

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Matthew Swanson

Adjunct Instructor of Musicology

513-556-6046

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Kristy Swift

Assistant Professor of Musicology - Educator

513 556 9510

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Andrew Van Dyke

Adjunct Instructor of Musicology

513-556-6046


Composition, Musicology and Theory Division Head and Staff

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Christopher Segall

Interim Division Head of Composition, Musicology, and Theory; Associate Professor of Music Theory

513-556-6251

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Darlene Y. Miller

Executive Staff Assistant

513-556-6046


News and Events

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New CCM apparel available for purchase online

February 14, 2024

Show your school spirit this spring with official CCM apparel! New UC College-Conservatory of Music apparel is available for purchase online. CCM's Spring 2024 t-shirt and hoodie designs can be ordered online now through March 18, 2024.

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CCM student wins first place in American Prize

January 30, 2024

The UC College-Conservatory of Music is thrilled to congratulate DMA composition students Kevin Li, who was recently named the winner of the 2023 American Prize in Composition university division, and Wenbin Lyu, who was awarded 3rd place in the same competition.

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In the News: CCM performs at New York's Carnegie Hall

January 16, 2024

UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) students and Broadway alumni took the stage at Carnegie Hall to present a one-night-only performance and fundraiser to help support the next generation of performing and media artists. The January 14 event honored CCM alumnus Stephen Flaherty while also raising money for CCM scholarships and educational initiatives.

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Get to know CCM’s newest faculty and staff members

December 4, 2023

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music will welcome a variety of new faculty and staff members to its roster of distinguished performing and media arts experts this fall. The following new appointments have been announced as of Aug 15, 2023. Additional new hires will be announced later this summer.

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CCM professor wins Outstanding Publication Award from Society of...

November 20, 2023

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music congratulates Steven Cahn, Professor of Music Theory, on his receipt of the prestigious 2023 Outstanding Publication Award. Representing the highest honor awarded by the Society for Music Theory, this distinction was given to Cahn’s recent article “Schoenberg, Al-Kindī, and the Unbound Braid: A Rendezvous in Barcelona a Thousand Years in the Making” (Musical Quarterly, vol. 104, nos. 3–4, 2021).

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Next OnStage: CCM shares spring schedule of major events

November 13, 2023

Experience world-class performances by the next generation of performing and media artists at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)! The college’s spring 2024 schedule of major events is now available; tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

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Counseling services available to CCM students through embedded...

August 16, 2023

CCM students can now access counseling services within the CCM Village thanks to the addition of a CAPS embedded clinician. A member of UC’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff, Dalziel Reliford-Stone (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision (LPCC-S) who will serve as an embedded clinician for CCM and DAAP. In this new position, Dalziel hopes to work with students and staff to support a culture that embraces authenticity, self-acceptance and wholeness.

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See a concert or show at CCM: Fall schedule of major events now...

August 15, 2023

Experience world-class performances by the next generation of performing and media artists at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)! The college’s fall 2023 schedule of ticketed events is now available; tickets are on sale beginning 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15 through the CCM Box Office website.

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