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.

Faculty

Headshot of Gillian Benet Sella

Gillian Benet Sella

Adjunct Professor of Harp

513-556-3276


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.

Harp - 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
  • Two solos of contrasting stylistic periods 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

Harp - 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
  • 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) from standard harp repertoire
  • Sight reading
  • Two orchestral excerpts of the applicant’s choice

Harp - DMA, AD

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 interview.

Pre-screening Requirements
  • Two solos of contrasting stylistic periods of the applicant’s choice (preferably by memory).
  • One 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
  • A contemporary work from the 20th or 21st century

Audition

Audition Requirements
  • Two solos of contrasting stylistic periods of the applicant’s choice (preferably by memory).
  • One 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
  • A contemporary work from the 20th or 21st century
  • Sight Reading

News and Events

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CCM shares spring 2023 schedule of major performances and events

November 22, 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 spring 2023 schedule of free and ticketed events is now available. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning on Monday, Nov. 28, through the CCM Box Office.

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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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CCM shares calendar of free and ticketed events

October 1, 2021

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music presents more than 70 major events during its CCMONSTAGE fall 2021 performance series. Arts lovers can purchase single tickets online through the college’s digital box office at ccmonstage.universitytickets.com. Tickets are on sale to the general public now.

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