Classical Guitar

A female student performs on the classical guitar during Moveable Feast

The study of classical guitar 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. 

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.

Program highlights include:

  • Generous scholarships available for promising students
  • Chamber music and networking opportunities
  • Opportunities to explore historical plucked instruments and broaden skill sets
  • 21st-century digital career integration

Faculty

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Christopher Eugene Wilke

Adjunct Instructor of Classical Guitar

513-556-3442


Performance Studies Division Head and Staff

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James Bunte

Division Head of Performances Studies; Professor of Saxophone

513-556-0825

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Claudia C. Penn

Executive Staff Assistant

513-556-3442

CCM's admissions process begins on August 1 (undergraduate) and September 1 (graduate) for entrance in the following year's fall semester. All application materials must be submitted on or before December 1 to be considered for specific scholarship awards. Visit the CCM Admissions website for additional application instructions.

Classical Guitar - BM

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before December 3 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an audition.

Pre-screening Requirements
  • A piece by Dowland, Bach, Sor, Tárrega, Brouwer or Dyens
  • A piece of the performer's choice

Audition

Audition Requirements
  • A piece by Dowland, Bach, Sor, Tárrega, Brouwer or Dyens
  • A piece of the performer's choice
  • Sight reading

Classical Guitar - MM

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before December 3 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an audition.

Pre-screening Requirements
  • A 25-minute program of music, including selections from at least four of the following style periods: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century or 21st century. 
  • Repertoire sheet showing how the above requirements have been met

Audition

Audition Requirements
  • A 25-minute program of music, including selections from at least four of the following style periods: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary. 
  • Repertoire sheet showing how the above requirements have been met

News and Events

1

CCM Guitar's 50th Anniversary Gala Concert features alumni guests

Event: September 3, 2022 4:00 PM

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of CCM’s Classical Guitar program with a special concert featuring distinguished alumni in solos and ensembles performed by Amy Brucksch, Duane Corn, Brian DeLay, Murray Holland, Luke Jackson, Julie Goldberg, James Meade, Leighann Narum and Matthew Trkula. The concert will include the world premiere of three new works written for the occasion by Wenbin Lyu, Christopher Teves and Christopher Wilke as well as a guitar orchestra made of alumni and current students. The gala also recognizes the program’s founder Professor Emeritus Clare Callahan with the launch of a new scholarship named in her honor to help promising young guitarists achieve their dreams.

2

View digital programs for upcoming CCM performances

August 17, 2022

During the 2022-23 performance season, the UC College-Conservatory of Music will continue to offer digital programs for all of its free and ticketed events in place of printed programs. These paperless programs will be available on CCM's website, and they can also be accessed via smartphone/mobile device by scanning the Quick Response (QR) code displayed outside of each CCM performance venue.

3

CCM shares fall 2022 schedule of performances and public events

August 12, 2022

Audiences are invited to return to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) concert halls and theaters to experience world-class performances and presentations by the next generation of performing and media artists! The college’s fall 2022 schedule of free and ticketed events is now available. Tickets go on sale beginning on Monday, Aug. 22, through the CCM Box Office website.

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