Faculty and Staff

At CCM, tomorrow’s arts luminaries work with today’s industry leaders. Our internationally recognized faculty members work with students from around the world. CCM students receive personalized mentorship from professors who guide their individual scholarly, creative, musical, performing and teaching growth.

Who are our faculty members? CCM professors are Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning performers and designers, ASCAP and BMI Award-winning songwriters and composers, as well as Fulbright Scholars. They are members of major American orchestras, as well as directors and conductors for the world’s leading opera houses and summer festivals. They are researchers, educators, choreographers, technicians, filmmakers and playwrights, as well as experts on health and wellness for artists. They have published widely-used textbooks and produced multimedia for US presidents. They have been featured on major broadcasts like Good Morning America, the Today Show and the Tonight Show, to mention just a few of their accomplishments.

View CCM Strings faculty below, or view our college-wide directory of faculty and staff.

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Christopher Eugene Wilke

Adjunct Instructor of Classical Guitar

513-556-3442

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Rachel Calin

Chair of String Department; Professor of Double Bass

513-556-1118

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Owen Lee

Adjunct Associate Professor of Double Bass

513-556-3442

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Rebecca M. Barnes

Adjunct Instructor of Viola

513-556-3442

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Catharine Carroll Lees

Professor of Viola, Geraldine B. Gee Chair of Viola

513-903-7927

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Jan Grüning

Associate Professor, Ariel Quartet member (viola)

513-556-6489

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Ayane Kozasa

Assistant Professor of Viola

708-822-5161

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Gershon Gerchikov

Associate Professor, Ariel Quartet member (violin)

513-556-3442

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Alexandra Kazovsky

Associate Professor, Ariel Quartet member (violin)

513-556-6489

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Kristin I. Lee

Assistant Professor of Violin

513-556-0150

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Timothy Lees

Assistant Professor, Educator of Violin

513-505-0932

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Boyun Li

Adjunct Instructor of Violin Performance; CCM Prep Starling Instructor

513-556-2595

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Kurt Sassmannshaus

Professor of Violin; the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Classical Violin

513-556-9550

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Won-Bin Yim

Associate Professor of Violin

513-556-5254

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Amit Even-Tov

Associate Professor, Ariel Quartet member (cello)

513-556-6638

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Ilya Finkelshteyn

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cello

513-556-3442

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Alan B. Rafferty

Associate Professor- Educator of Violoncello

847-571-8097

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Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir

Assistant Professor of Cello

513-556-5935

Department Chair, Division Head and Administrative Staff

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Daniel Weeks

Interim Division Head of Performance Studies; Associate Professor of Voice

513-556-6830

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Sarah Minneman

Chamber Music Coordinator

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Claudia C. Penn

Executive Staff Assistant

513-556-3442