Why study Harpsichord?
CCM’s Bachelor of Music in Harpsichord offers students the opportunity to hone technical expertise, musicianship and knowledge in the center of Cincinnati, a next-generation city revered for the arts. Prestigious faculty, performance opportunities and location in one of the country’s premier cities for the arts make this program the perfect choice for harpsichordists looking to maximize their talents and gain an incomparable musical and academic education.
The performance-based curriculum includes weekly private lessons with faculty mentors, chamber music coaching and many opportunities to gain hands-on experience. Students become familiar with a range of repertoire by rehearsing and performing with multiple ensembles and presenting at least one solo recital. Students applying to the program should have a basic familiarity with figured bass continuo.
In addition to unparalleled performance opportunities, BM Harpsichord students complete an intensive study of classical music literature and music theory and work closely with their faculty mentors, gaining the aptitude and experience to perform professionally. Our faculty of eminent artist-teachers offer students one-on-one attention and opportunities to perform in the tri-state region and around the world.
Students graduating from our program will be prepared for careers in chamber music, private teaching and solo performance by learning both the traditional repertoire and modern music composed for the harpsichord. Graduates of the program often continue on to advanced study.
CCM is a college within the University of Cincinnati, a major undergraduate university and graduate research institution of more than 40,000 students. The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world's stage.
Scholarships are available to qualified students.
CCM graduates follow careers in every facet of the performing arts and entertainment industries. CCM alumni perform as soloists, pursue careers in chamber music and hold positions in ensembles around the world, including those in major symphony orchestras, opera companies, military bands, jazz combos and much more. Graduates are also equipped to pursue careers as private teachers or continue on to advanced study.
Described by The New York Times as “one of this country’s leading conservatories,” CCM offers students unparalleled opportunities to perform, learn and live in a thriving next-generation city known for its intense interest in the performing and media arts.
Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, CCM’s state-of-the-art facilities provide a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment. The college serves as the largest single source of performing and media arts events in Ohio, and few schools can match the quality of its performing ensembles and theatrical productions.
CCM’s roster of eminent faculty offers professional training in all areas of the performing and media arts, including composition, musicology, theory, conducting, music education, opera, musical theatre, acting, technical arts for the stage, dance, arts administration and electronic media. Members of CCM’s faculty regularly receive distinguished honors for creative and scholarly work, and many maintain strong professional ties to the region’s leading arts entities.
Students will find an immensely competitive but mutually supportive and personalized “family” atmosphere. With its emphasis on experienced-based learning, CCM provides students with access to internship and performance opportunities with major organizations like the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Cincinnati Ballet. Students also benefit from the fact that Cincinnati frequently hosts major media and performing arts events and is home to the newly renovated Music Hall, one of the nation’s most beautiful and revered performance centers.
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 NASM.
University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003
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Program Code: 16BAC-HSC-BM