Harp

A female harp student performs with the Wind Symphony on the Corbett Auditorium stage

The study of harp 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.

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Gillian Benet Sella

Adjunct Associate Professor of Harp

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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.

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before December 1 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an audition.

Pre-screening Requirements

  • One solo of the applicant’s choice (preferably by memory) from standard harp repertoire
  • Two orchestral excerpts of the applicant’s choice 

Audition

Audition Requirements

  • Two solos of contrasting stylistic periods of the applicant’s choice (preferably by memory) from standard harp repertoire 
  • Sight reading
  • Two orchestral excerpts of the applicant’s choice 

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before December 1 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an audition.

Pre-screening Requirements

  • Two solos of contrasting stylistic periods of the applicant’s choice (preferably by memory).  
    • One solo could be a movement of a concerto such as Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, Debussy’s Danses, Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro or another concerto of comparable difficulty (flute and/or piano accompaniment not necessary)
  • Two standard orchestral excerpts 

Audition

Audition Requirements

  • Two solos of contrasting stylistic periods of the applicant’s choice (preferably by memory)
  • A movement of a concerto such as Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, Debussy’s Danses, Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro or another concerto of comparable difficulty (flute and/or piano accompaniment not necessary)
  • Sight reading
  • Two standard orchestral excerpts

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before December 1 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an audition.

Pre-screening Requirements

  • Two solos of contrasting stylistic periods of the applicant’s choice (preferably by memory).  
    • One solo could be a movement of a concerto such as Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, Debussy’s Danses, Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro or another concerto of comparable difficulty (flute and/or piano accompaniment not necessary)
  • Two standard orchestral excerpts 

Audition

Audition Requirements

  • Two solos of contrasting stylistic periods of the applicant’s choice (preferably by memory).  
    • One solo could be a movement of a concerto such as Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, Debussy’s Danses, Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro or another concerto of comparable difficulty (flute and/or piano accompaniment not necessary)
  • Two standard orchestral excerpts 

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