Violin

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The study of violin 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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Gershon Gerchikov

Assistant Professor, Ariel Quartet member (violin)

513-556-3442

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Alexandra Kazovsky

Assistant Professor, Ariel Quartet member (violin)

513-556-6489

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Timothy Lees

Assistant Professor, Educator of Violin

513-505-0932

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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; Chair, String Department

513-556-5254

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 and Audition Requirements

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 movement from Bach Solo Sonatas or Partitas 
  • One movement from a standard concerto
  •  One Paganini or Wieniawski caprice

Audition

Audition Requirements

  • One movement from a J. S. Bach solo sonata or partita 
  • One movement from a standard violin concerto
  • One Paganini caprice or Wieniawski etude
  • One work 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

  • One movement from Bach Solo Sonatas or Partitas 
  • One movement from a standard concerto
  • One Paganini or Wieniawski caprice

Audition

Audition Requirements

  • Two contrasting movements from J. S. Bach Solo Sonatas or Partitas 
  • One fast movement of a standard concerto from either romantic period or the 20th century
  • One Paganini caprice or Wieniawski etude
  • One work of the applicant's choice

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