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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Kristin I. Lee

Assistant Professor of Violin

201-370-0873

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Timothy Lees

Assistant Professor, Educator of Violin

513-505-0932

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Stefani _ Matsuo

Adjunct Assistant Professor

513-556-3442

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Anna Reider

Adjunct Instructor of Violin

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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.

Violin - 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
  • 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

Violin - MM, 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 audition.

Pre-screening Requirements
  • One movement from Bach Solo Sonatas or Partitas 
  • One movement from a standard concerto
  • One Paganini or Wieniawski caprice
  • Currently enrolled CCM students applying for a new graduate degree must submit a headshot and resume by December 1.

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

Bravos. Without Barriers.

Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CCM's Diversity Fellowship program with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is a prestigious performance fellowship program for exceptional string players.

The program provides an unparalleled two-year learning experience for graduate-level violin, viola, violoncello and double bass players coming from populations that are historically underrepresented in classical music.

We will begin accepting applications for the next class of CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows on Sept 1, 2022. The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2022.


News and Events

Violin alum Christopher Robinson receives 2021 Knights Arts...

January 19, 2022

UC College-Conservatory of Music Alumnus Christopher Robinson (BM Violin, ‘15) was recently announced as a 2021 Knights Arts Champion by the Knight Foundation in Miami, Florida. The Foundation selects community leaders who have contributed to the region’s arts and culture scene and awards them $10,000 to direct to a South Florida artist or arts organization of their choice. Robinson is the Founder/Co-Artistic Director of VIA Academy, a free summer music program for young aspiring musicians from remote and underrepresented communities in classical music. He is also a recent alumnus of the New World Symphony in Miami and currently performs in the second violin section of the Louisville Orchestra.

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