CCM Philharmonia students perform double bass on the Corbett Auditorium stage

CCM offers students unparalleled opportunities to perform, learn and live in a thriving, next-generation city known for its intense interest in the arts. Experience leading-edge facilities, distinguished faculty and world-class ensembles while earning your undergraduate or graduate degree.

The study of music at CCM is strongly performance based. The cornerstone of all degree programs is private lessons with faculty, who serve as mentors for students and direct their individual musical, performing and teaching growth.

CCM provides students with professionally-oriented immersive experiences in order to prepare them to enter directly into performing arts careers. The curriculum emphasizes the development of the well-rounded, holistic musician by providing a solid background in music history and theory as well as areas specific to each musical medium.

Undergraduate students enjoy a close collaboration with the University of Cincinnati through a general education core that supplements their education with academic course work while graduate students specialize more precisely in their chosen field.

Where performance is the primary focus, the opportunities are abundant. CCM houses nearly 1,000 performances each year in state-of-the-art spaces. Each degree program culminates in at least one full, required solo recital. Students rehearse and perform frequently with over a dozen ensembles from orchestras to wind symphonies; from pit orchestras to combined choral productions; from early music to 21st-century compositions.

Chamber music study is a critical element of each program, and CCM holds annual concerto and scholarship competitions. Faculty and guest artists conduct regular studio classes and master classes.

powerful network of nationally and internationally renowned teachers and performers is available to students. Access professional development and performance opportunities with the region’s many notable arts organizations. A fabulous campus, classrooms without boundaries and unlimited opportunity.

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Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CCM's Diversity Fellowship program with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is a prestigious performance fellowship program for exceptional string players.

The program provides an unparalleled two-year learning experience for graduate-level violinviola, violoncello and double bass players coming from various and diverse populations.

We will begin accepting applications for the next class of CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows on Aug. 1, 2023. The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2023. Learn more about the program

News and Events


CCM Starling Prep violinist named semi-finalist in Sphinx...

November 21, 2023

The UC College-Conservatory of Music is proud to announce that Anthony Dorsey, a longtime student in the CCM Starling Preparatory String Project, was recently named a semi-finalist in the annual Sphinx Competition. Dorsey is joined at the semi-finals by Sonya Moomaw, a former student of CCM Prep’s Junior Strings Program. Based in Detroit, the Sphinx Organization is a nationwide social justice organization which fosters the talents of Black and Latinx string players and promotes diversity in classical music.


Ariel Quartet joined by award-winning pianist in Nov. 21 concert

November 20, 2023

The Ariel Quartet, UC College-Conservatory of Music’s String Quartet-in-Residence, continues its season Tuesday, Nov 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Werner Recital Hall. Alessio Bax, the award-winning Italian pianist, joins Ariel for the program’s finale: Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A major, widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of the form. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office.


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.


CCM presents Stephen Flaherty tribute at New York's Carnegie Hall

Event: January 14, 2024 7:00 PM

Recently dubbed by Playbill Magazine as one of Broadway’s “Big 10,” the UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) unites Broadway stars and current students in a one-night-only performance to honor Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Flaherty at Carnegie Hall in New York on Jan. 14, 2024.


CCM Philharmonia features student violinist in Oct. 6 performance

Event: October 6, 2023 7:30 PM

The CCM Philharmonia continues its season with “Virtuosity Redux,” a concert celebrating virtuosic performances across all sections of the orchestra. The centerpiece of the program is Sibelius’s monumental Violin Concerto in D Minor, featuring CCM DMA student Yue Yang, this year’s Violin Concerto Competition Winner. The concert, which takes place Friday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Corbett Auditorium, also includes Barber’s Overture to “The School for Scandal” and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office.


Ariel Quartet opens season with chamber favorites on Sept. 26

Event: September 26, 2023 7:30 PM

The UC College-Conservatory of Music’s resident professional ensemble, the Ariel Quartet, opens their 2023-24 season with a jovial evening of long-standing fan favorites at 7:30 p.m. on September 26 in Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. Get your tickets now through the CCM Box Office!


CCM Wind Symphony opens season with Cincinnati Symphony...

Event: September 10, 2023 4:00 PM

Music fills the rehearsal spaces and halls at UC's College-Conservatory of Music as students and faculty prepare for the start of the performance season. The CCM Wind Symphony opens its fall performance series on Sunday, Sept. 10, in a special concert featuring Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra guest artist Haley Bangs, flute.


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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