Composition, Musicology and Theory

Composition professor reviews sheet music on a piano with her student

CCM’s Division of Composition, Musicology and Theory (CMT) offers student composers, musicologists and theorists opportunities to create original works, understand the social and historical contexts of music, 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 (Music Research Forum), in-house and student-run journal, and the Thinking About Music lecture series featuring distinguished speakers. It serves as a resource for all music students, enriching the creative and intellectual life of CCM and of the broader university community.

Coursework for the graduate degrees in musicology (MM, PhD) and music theory (MM, PhD) is wide-ranging and rigorous, offering students 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.

CCM is also home to the Center for Computer Music, which offers opportunities for research and composition using technology, and the Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition, a competition for young composers from around the world.

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 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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Ailsa Lipscombe

Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

513-556-6046

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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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Rebecca Schreiber

Adjunct Instructor of Musicology

513-556-6046

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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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Award-winning ethnomusicologist Ailsa Lipscombe joins CCM’s...

May 24, 2024

UC College-Conservatory of Music Interim Dean Jonathan Kregor has announced the addition of Ailsa Lipscombe, PhD, to the college’s roster of distinguished performing and media arts faculty members. An award-winning researcher, Lipscombe begins her new role as Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at CCM on Aug. 15, 2024.

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CCM alumnus wins 2024 Solti Conducting Award

May 6, 2024

UC College-Conservatory of Music alumnus François López-Ferrer (BM Composition, ‘12) is the recipient of the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, awarded annually to a promising American conductor 36 years of age or younger. One of the largest of its kind, it provides essential career guidance, industry connections and a cash award of $30,000 to aid grant recipients as they further hone the skills of their craft.

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CCM shares 2024 alumni and distinguished service awards

April 26, 2024

UC's College-Conservatory of Music is proud to present alumni and distinguished service awards to outstanding members of our community at the end of each academic year. The 2024 awards are presented to four accomplished alumni and one dedicated patron in a private virtual event on April 23.

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CCM hosts guest lecture on June Carter's impact on country music

March 29, 2024

Each semester, CCM's Thinking About Music Series welcomes distinguished experts for musical discussions and lectures that are open to the general public and free to attend. The series continues at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5 with a presentation by Stephanie Vander Wel, Associate Professor in the Department of Music and Global Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University at Buffalo. The title of Vander Wel's talk is "Gendered Acts in Comedy: June Carter’s Vocal and Kinetic Performance in Country Music." The lecture will be presented in the CCM Baur Room.

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Get to know CCM’s newest faculty and staff members

March 29, 2024

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 Michael Fiday receives prestigious award in music...

March 4, 2024

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music is pleased to congratulate Professor of Composition Michael Fiday on his receipt of the prestigious 2024 Arts and Letters Award in Music. One of only 4 awardees from across the nation, this illustrious recognition includes a cash award as well as an additional grant towards the recording of the recipient's work.

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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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