Clarinet

Female clarinet student performs with the wind ensembles  on the Corbett Auditorium stage

CCM's competitive program offers unparalleled education in clarinet. Students have the pleasure of studying with the school's esteemed faculty, all of whom hold seats in the world-class Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

As part of their degree requirements, all clarinet students have the unique opportunity to perform alongside their remarkable colleagues at CCM in the highest-caliber ensembles, including the school's two symphony orchestras: the Philharmonia and Concert Orchestra; two wind ensembles: the CCM Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble; and two smaller chamber ensembles: the CCM Chamber Players and Chamber Winds.

CCM offers degrees in clarinet at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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Ronald G. Aufmann

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clarinet; CCM Prep Master Teacher, Clarinet

513-556-9540

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Ixi Chen

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clarinet

513-886-2436

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Christopher Pell

Instructor - Adj

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.

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

  • Mozart Clarinet Concerto: First movement (or similar movement from a major concerto or sonata)
  • Two contrasting etudes from C. Rose: 32 Etudes

Audition

Audition Requirements

  • Two contrasting etudes from C. Rose: 32 Etudes
  • Mozart Clarinet Concerto: First movement (or similar movement from a major concerto or sonata)
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, beginning to letter B

    • Beethoven: Symphony 6, First movement measures 474-492 and Second movement measures 68-77
  • Sight reading


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

  • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, first movement exposition (beginning-m. 154)
  • Stravinsky: Three Pieces, second movement only

Audition

Audition Requirements

  • Two solo pieces of your choice
  • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, K. 622, first and second movements
  • Orchestral excerpts: 
    • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream, beginning to letter B
    • Beethoven: Symphony 6, First movement measures 474- 492 and Second movement measures 68-77
    • Beethoven: Symphony 8, Menuetto (Trio), measures 48-78
  • Sight reading

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

  • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, first movement exposition (beginning-m. 154)
  • Stravinsky: Three Pieces, second movement only

Audition

Audition Requirements

  • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, K. 622 (entire piece)
  • 20th or 21st-century unaccompanied work for solo clarinet 
  • First three pages of the Copland Concerto (through the end of the Cadenza) 
 
  • Orchestral excerpts: 
 
    • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream, beginning to letter B
 
    • Beethoven: Symphony 8, Menuetto (Trio), measures 48-78
    • Kodály: Dances of Gálanta
 
    • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2
  • Sight reading

Located in the heart of Cincinnati, CCM is surrounded by ample professional art and music venues and productions. Home to the Cincinnati Symphony, the historic Music Hall is only minutes driving-distance from campus.

The artistic community of the greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area employs many current and former CCM students as music teachers and performers in local schools, playhouses, orchestras and other arts organizations.

CCM's Talent For Hire program connects current students with a variety of local gig opportunities.

A vibrant, versatile and compelling presence on the podium, American conductor Kazem Abdullah is one of the most watched up-and-coming talents on the international stage today. Since 2012 he has been Generalmusikdirektor of the City of Aachen, Germany, where he leads both the orchestral and operatic seasons. His predecessors in this tradition-rich post include Fritz Busch, Herbert von Karajan, and Wolfgang Sawallisch.

In the 2015-16 season in Aachen, Kazem Abdullah conducts three opera productions: Tosca, Tannhäuser, and Die Entführung aus dem Serail. In addition to this he will also lead several subscription concerts and will conduct Verdi’s Requiem in the Aachen Cathedral. In addition to this he will make guest appearances with the New World Symphony, the Boca del Rio Philharmonic, Halle Philharmoniker, Westchester Philharmonic, and the Aarhaus Opera in Denmark.

Abdullah has guested with such esteemed companies as the Atlanta Opera, where he conducted Cosi fan tutte, and the Théâtre du Châtelet de Paris, where he led sold-out performances of Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, Mr. Abdullah made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2009 conducting Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. The New York Times lauded this first performance at the Metropolitan Opera as “…a confident performance… impressively responsive to the singers during their long stretches of orchestra-accompanied recitative.”

Born in Indiana, Kazem Abdullah began his music studies at the age of ten. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, with a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet. He then studied at the University of Southern California before joining The New World Symphony as a clarinetist under Michael Tilson Thomas for two seasons, after which he continued his musical studies at The Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University. Mr. Abdullah served as Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, a three-year post to which he was appointed by Music Director James Levine. In addition to Levine, while at the Met he worked with conductors such as Louis Langree, Kirill Petrenko, Lorin Maazel, and Fabio Luisi. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Solti Foundation U.S Career Assistance Award in 2010 and 2015.

In 2014 Abdulluh returned to the hometown of his alma mater to conduct an oustanding concert with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Peter Cain is the 3rd/Bass clarinet for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also the clarinet professor at Lee University in Cleveland, TN and was previously Acting Principal Clarinet of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Peter has attended Vanderbilt University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2012, with a lecture-recital and document on Krzysztof Penderecki’s Clarinet Quartet and Sextet. His primary teachers have been Richie Hawley, Burt Hara, and Cassie Lee. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival, the CCM-Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy, and the Eastern Music Festival. Peter has appeared as a soloist with the Knoxville Symphony, he performed with the Paloma Wind Quintet at the 2010 International Double Reed Society conference, and was a soloist with the CCM Chamber Players at the 2009 Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

Jeffrey O’Flynn is Assistant Professor of Clarinet and Woodwind Area Coordinator at Utah Valley University. He performs as principal clarinet of the Queen City Chamber Opera and has appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cincinnati Opera, the Richmond Symphony, and other groups. As a chamber collaborator, he is clarinetist with the Alpine Chamber Winds and has recorded several works by 20th century female American composers. O’Flynn loves to play music by living composers and explores this interest through regular commissioning projects.

Beyond his performance credentials, he is interested in clarinet pedagogy including the psychology of teaching, arts non-profit organization management, and the development of interactive concert experiences. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music from The Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music from Wichita State University. Major mentors include Ixi Chen, Dr. Frank Kowalsky and Dr. Suzanne Tirk.

When he isn’t holding a clarinet, Dr. O’Flynn has become an avid hiker, he cooks almost anything, and he reads mid-century crime novels. Listen to audio samples of his playing here: https://goo.gl/EayuVU

Kylie Stulz-Dessent is a member of the Novacane Quartet, an award-winning clarinet quartet active in the Midwest. In 2016, the Novacane Quartet competed in the semi-final round of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana, ranking in the top six ensembles in the wind division.

Stultz-Dessent received her graduate degree in clarinet performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a student of Jonathan Gunn in May 2014. In May 2012, Kylie graduated with High Honors from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a BM in clarinet performance, studying with James Campbell. She has attended international music festivals such as the Orford Summer Academy, Windfest, and the Banff Centre. In 2010, Kylie performed as a soloist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Columbus, Indiana. She has performed with many local symphonies in Indiana and Ohio.

In addition to playing, Kylie is a dedicated and passionate teacher. Her students have placed in All-State ensembles and received high ratings at solo festivals. She is currently the clarinet instructor at the Loveland Music Academy in Loveland, OH. Kylie enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.


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