Teen Programs

A Youth Wind Ensemble

Dive deeply into the arts at CCM this summer. CCM Prep’s workshops offer unparalleled arts experiences to students interested in everything from musical theatre to jazz.

Students who love the performing arts will be surrounded by peers from throughout the nation who share their passion, excitement and dreams. Summer at CCM provides fun and intense workshops where students can learn from leading national artists and teachers, including CCM’s collegiate faculty members.

Workshop details are listed below. For more information, please contact CCM Prep at 513-556-2595 or ccmprep@uc.edu.

Summer 2024 Programs

Ballet students in rehearsal in a dance studio
  • Dates: June 3-7, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Director: Tricia Sundbeck
  • Tuition: $500
  • Experience: Levels 5-7

The Ballet Intensive offers a comprehensive training program for young women and men specializing in ballet technique, pointe, classical ballet repertoire and modern dance in an intensive environment. Additional supplemental classes in contemporary dance, musical theatre, Pilates, injury prevention and nutrition will be included, as well as seminars by guest teachers and speakers to expand the students’ knowledge on specific dance topics. Students aged 14 to 17 are eligible. The workshop is appropriate for intermediate through advanced dancers (levels 5-7).

Audition not required.

Sample Daily Schedule:

  • 9:30-10 a.m.: Stretch
  • 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Ballet Class
  • 12:45-1:45 p.m.: Pointe/Variation
  • 2-3:30 p.m.: Guest instructor lesson
Ballet students in rehearsal in a dance studio
  • Dates: June 3-July 25
  • Director: Tricia Sundbeck
  • Tuition: $10 per class
  • Experience: Levels 5-7

This technique class is offered four days per week on Monday-Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. This level of student will continue fine tuning and enhancing their training in all the areas of classical ballet. They will develop stronger musicality, phrasing, and performance qualities. Classes are drop-in only throughout the summer (levels 5-7).

CCM Jazz students perform
  • Dates: June 10-14
  • Directors: Isidore Rudnick, Fine Arts Curriculum Manager, Cincinnati Public Schools and Eric Lechliter, CCM Prep Youth Jazz Orchestra director
  • Tuition: $180 for non-CPS students
  • Experience: At least one year of experience performing on an instrument. Eligible registrants should be entering grades 5 through 12 in Fall 2024.

The CCM/CPS Summer Jazz Academy offers an outstanding experience to study jazz performance with professional musicians and other students in a friendly and encouraging environment. Daily classes will include jazz ensembles, jazz history, jazz theory, jazz improvisation as well as jazz arranging and college audition preparation for high school students. The faculty includes leading jazz performers and jazz educators from CCM, CPS and the Greater Cincinnati region. The week concludes with a performance by all student groups. No audition is necessary, but space is limited so get your registration in as soon as possible.  

Note: All students will register for the waitlist. Cincinnati Public School (CPS) students will be enrolled in Jazz Academy at no cost as part of their enrollment in CPS schools. Students outside of the CPS district will be enrolled at $180 tuition.

Sample Daily Schedule:

  • 8-8:45 a.m.: Daily Check-In
  • 9-9:35 a.m.: Big Band Warm Up
  • 9:35-10:30 a.m.: Master class
  • 10:30-11:40 a.m.: Rehearsal 1
  • 11:40 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Jazz Theory/ Ear Training
  • 12:15 p.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1-2:30 p.m.: Big Band Rehearsal
  • 2:30-2:40 p.m.: Break
  • 2:40-3:55 p.m.: Rehearsal 2
  • 3:55-4 p.m.: Dismissal
  • 4-5 p.m.: Optional Jazz Session
Students perform on stage during CCM Prep's High School Musical Theatre Workshop
  • Dates: June 17-29, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (session 1) and July 8-20, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (session 2)
  • Director: Dee Anne Bryll
  • Tuition: $1,500 for each session
  • Age: Rising 10-12 graders

This program is designed for talented, motivated and dedicated high school students, rising sophomores through seniors, who have a strong interest in and passion for musical theatre. Voice, dance, and acting are taught by conservatory faculty and local professionals as well as faculty of CCM Prep. Auditions are required

Students may audition for the Musical Theatre Intensive online. Priority is given to applications received by the published deadlines:

  • Priority Deadline: March 15
  • Hard Deadline: April 1

Applications may be viewed until April 1, if any spaces remain. Please keep in mind this is a very competitive program and the sooner the audition materials are received, the better. For your best chance, please submit by March 15, 2024.

Audition details and housing information is available on the program website.

Sample Daily Schedule:

  • 8-8:30 a.m.: Check-in
  • 8:30-9:15 a.m.: Morning Warm-Up
  • 9:15-10:45 a.m.: Class 1 (Acting/Voice)
  • 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Class 2 (Acting/Voice)
  • 12:15-1:15 p.m.: Lunch 
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m.: Special Topics Immersion class
  • 2:15-3:45 p.m.: Class 3 (Dance/Acting)
  • 3:45-5:15 p.m.: Class 4 (Dance/Acting)
  • 5:15-6:30 p.m.: Dinner break
  • 6:30-8 p.m.: Class 5 (Varies)
  • Saturdays, 1-5 p.m.: Showcase rehearsal
  • Sundays, 1-5 p.m.: Showcase rehearsal
Saxophone students perform with the concert orchestra in Corbett Auditorium
  • Dates: June 20-23
  • Faculty: James Bunte, Nathan Nabb, Carly Hood, Om Srivastava
  • Tuition: $400

Join some of the most talented high school saxophonists from around the United States for the CCM High School Saxophone Intensive! Saxophonists will gather for four days of intensive study, featuring daily repertoire and technique lessons, quartet coaching, performing in saxophone ensemble and attending and participating in master class lessons with renowned saxophone artist-teachers. The intensive also culminates with a performance.

Audition Details:

All students should prepare the following for their audition:

  • Scales: Prepare the major keys up to four flats and four sharps (both tongued and slurred). Also prepare the chromatic scale (ascending and descending) over the entire range you are comfortable on your instrument.
  • Solo Piece (or excerpt from a piece) of your choice: This solo should be representative of your overall musical and technical ability. Solos and excerpts should be no more than 2 minutes in length. Note: No piano or recorded accompaniment permitted.
Two girls play clarinets with the CCM Youth Wind Ensemble
  • Dates: June 24-29
  • Directors: Kevin Michael Holzman
  • Tuition: $650
  • Experience: Rising 9th-12th graders

Join some of the most talented high school musicians from around the United States for the CCM High School Wind Intensive! Woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians will gather for a week of intensive study which will feature performing in a large wind band, performing in a specialized chamber music ensemble, attending, and participating in masterclass lessons with some of the world’s most renowned musicians on each instrument, exciting performances, and more.

Audition Requirements

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  • Scales: Prepare the major keys up to four flats and four sharps on your instrument (both tongued and slurred), in as many octaves as you can comfortably execute. Also prepare the chromatic scale (ascending and descending) over the entire range you are comfortable on your instrument.
  • Solo Piece (or excerpt from a piece) of your choice: This solo should be representative of your overall musical and technical ability. Solos and excerpts should be no more than 2 minutes in length. Note: No piano or recorded accompaniment permitted.
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CCM Jazz students perform
  • Dates: July 8-12
  • Directors: Eric Lechliter and Brad Myers
  • Tuition: $650
  • Experience: Rising 10th-12th graders

The CCM Prep Jazz Intensive offers high school jazz musicians who are rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, an excellent chance to work closely with the professional jazz musicians and educators from CCM’s Jazz Studies faculty and the greater Cincinnati Ohio area. This is a unique opportunity to dig deep, get a glimpse of college life, and see what it is like to study jazz performance at CCM. During this one week intensive, students will rehearse and perform in both small and large jazz ensembles, participate in master classes with seasoned pros, engage in active jazz listening sessions, and take classes covering special topics like jazz history, jazz theory and harmony, jazz improvisation, and jazz arranging. Optional opportunities for private instruction, student/faculty jam sessions, Cincinnati area live jazz performances and college audition preparation will be available. The High School Jazz Intensive concludes with a final performance by the student groups and the CCM Faculty Jazztet.

Audition Requirements
To assist with group placement, each student will complete a student information/registration form via Get Accept’d and submit a video recording of them performing the following from the provided lead sheets/backing tracks:

  • 12 bar blues in F or Bb (ex. Now’s the Time, Blue Monk, Tenor Madness, etc.):
    • Everyone should play the melody 1x and improvise a solo in a swing jazz style
    • Pianists & Guitarists should also demonstrate one chorus of “comping”
    • Bassists should also demonstrate one chorus of “walking bass”
    • Drummers should also demonstrate a swing beat with knowledge of the melody
  • One additional Standard Jazz tune of the students choice from the list below:
    • Blue Bossa, Recorda-me, So Danço Samba, St. Thomas (Straight 1/8th)
    • Take the A Train, Doxy, Well You Needn’t, Impressions (Standard/Modal)
    • Pent-Up House, Solar, Scrapple From the Apple, Anthropology (Bebop/Adv.)

Registration

Registration is open now. Please follow the "learn more" links located with each program. For more information, please contact CCM Prep at 513-556-2595 or ccmprep@uc.edu.


Housing

Housing is available for an additional fee for a select number of High School Intensives. High School Intensive students are not required to live on campus.

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