Woodwinds Brass and Percussion

Male french horn students perform with the wind ensemble in Corbett Auditorium

CCM offers students unparalleled opportunities to perform, learn and live in a thriving, next-generation city known for its intense interest in the arts. Experience leading-edge facilitiesdistinguished faculty and world-class ensembles while earning your undergraduate or graduate degree.

The study of music 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.

CCM provides students with professionally-oriented immersive experiences in order to prepare them to enter directly into performing arts careers. 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.

Where performance is the primary focus, the opportunities are abundant. CCM houses nearly 1,000 performances each year in state-of-the-art spaces. Each degree program culminates in at least one full, required solo recital. Students rehearse and perform frequently with over a dozen ensembles from orchestras to wind symphonies; from pit orchestras to combined choral productions; from early music to 21st-century compositions.

Chamber music study is a critical element of each program, and CCM holds annual concerto and scholarship competitions. Faculty and guest artists conduct regular studio classes and master classes.

Access professional development and performance opportunities with the region’s many notable arts organizations. A fabulous campus, classrooms without boundaries and unlimited opportunity.

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A powerful network of nationally and internationally renowned teachers and performers is available to students. Our principal applied faculty include Demarre McGill, and Heather Verbeck on flute, Mark Ostoich and Dwight Parry on oboe, Pavel Vinnitsky, Ronald Aufmann, Ixi Chen, Joseph Morris and Christopher Pell on clarinet; Martin Garcia and Christopher Sales on bassoon, and James Bunte, Craig Bailey, Carly HoodOm Srivastava and Rick VanMatre on saxophone. Our graduates are able to draw on this network as they begin their own careers as soloists, chamber musicians and players with major symphony orchestras, as well as teaching at schools and privately throughout the world.

A powerful network of nationally and internationally renowned teachers and performers is available to students. Our principal applied faculty include Margaret Tung, Elizabeth Freimuth and Molly Norcross on horn, Michael Mergen and Phil Collins on trumpet, Tim Anderson and Peter Norton on trombone, and Tim Northcut on tuba/euphonium. Our graduates are able to draw on this network as they begin their own careers as soloists, chamber musicians and players with major symphony orchestras, as well as teaching at schools and privately throughout the world.

Performance is the primary focus of the percussionist at CCM. Students participate in eight full-time ensembles as well as frequent ad hoc groups. In addition, Greater Cincinnati has a rich cultural tradition that provides a variety of freelance opportunities. Each student meets with one member of Percussion Group Cincinnati (Russell Burge or James Culley) in weekly applied lessons and interacts with the other two group members through course work, seminars, ensembles and frequent performance and master classes.


News and Events

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US Coast Guard Band's 'Heartland Harmonies' tour presents...

May 20, 2024

The United States Coast Guard Band brings its "Heartland Harmonies" concert tour to UC's College-Conservatory of Music on Tuesday, June 25, 2024. The free concert is presented in Corbett Auditorium as part of the band's tour through the American South and Midwest regions for public performances and educational outreach.

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Donate instruments at LINKS drive on May 10-11

May 6, 2024

Through the Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids (LINKS) program, you can donate your used band or orchestra instrument to a young musician who cannot afford to rent or purchase their own. The LINKS instrument donation drive is at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. this Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11 2024, at any Willis Music or Buddy Rogers Music location. A project of CCMpower in partnership with Willis Music and Buddy Roger’s Music, LINKS began in 1994 as the brainchild of CCM alumnus Bill Harvey (BM Music Education, 1971). The owner of Buddy Roger’s Music, Harvey wanted to fill the need for students whose parents were unable to buy, rent or borrow an instrument. The solution was to create a “recycling program” for musical instruments.

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Get to know CCM’s newest faculty and staff members

March 29, 2024

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music will welcome a variety of new faculty and staff members to its roster of distinguished performing and media arts experts this fall. The following new appointments have been announced as of Aug 15, 2023. Additional new hires will be announced later this summer.

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Ariel Quartet welcomes Pavel Vinnitsky in "Best of Brahms"...

March 22, 2024

The Ariel Quartet presents its final CCM concert of the 2023-24 season at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26 in Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. The program includes two of the most beloved works in the chamber music canon: Beethoven’s intense Op. 59 No. 1 and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, featuring faculty artist Pavel Vinnitsky. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

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CCM Winds presents annual PRISM concert

March 20, 2024

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Wind Studies is ecstatic to announce the return of its annual PRISM concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2024, in Corbett Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

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CCM Wind Symphony pays homage to the Earth in multimedia concert

Event: February 23, 2024 7:30 PM

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony presents an evening of astounding sounds and sights in "Creation of the World" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, in Patricia Corbett Theater Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office!

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New CCM apparel available for purchase online

February 14, 2024

Show your school spirit this spring with official CCM apparel! New UC College-Conservatory of Music apparel is available for purchase online. CCM's Spring 2024 t-shirt and hoodie designs can be ordered online now through March 18, 2024.

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