Teen Programs

A Youth Wind Ensemble

Dive deeply into the arts at CCM this summer. CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement’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.

Students in a wind ensemble rehearse on stage.
  • Dates: June 6-10
  • Director: Ann Porter
  • Age group: 9th-12th grades
  • Tuition: $275

Are you considering becoming a music major in college? Whether you want to be a performer or teacher, this is the program that can help you develop the skills needed for admission to your dream school. In addition to high quality instrumental and choral ensemble experiences, we will help you prepare to become a music major with seminars in nailing an audition, fundamentals of audition/admission procedures, career exploration in music, theory/musicianship basics and how to land the scholarship you need!

New this year, Making of a Music Major will have a band and choral track.

Making of a Music Major: Band is the summer program for you if you play Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Sax, French horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba and Percussion.

Making of a Music Major: Choir will focus on choral ensemble singing with break-out classes for theory and musicianship. The camp will also feature workshops for vocal skills such as diction/IPA and preparing for vocal auditions.

A book of sheet music
  • Dates: June 6-10
  • Directors: Martin Hebel and Ellen Harrison
  • Tuition: $600

Join us for a week-long workshop designed to elevate your skills as a composer! Intended for composers in grades 9-12, the Emerging Composers Workshop includes individual lessons with our award-winning composition faculty and daily courses on music theory and orchestration. Presentations by expert guests and panels on topics ranging from electronic composition techniques to musical collaboration with visual artists will enrich participants’ experiences daily.

The workshop will culminate in a recital of participants’ original piano compositions, performed by one of CCM’s top piano soloists and recorded for portfolio use. Participants are expected to complete a rough draft of a composition for solo piano before arriving at the workshop. Our faculty will guide students as they refine these compositions in individual lessons throughout the week.

In addition to building and expanding their skills as a composer, participants will have the valuable opportunity to meet their fellow young composers and discuss their work with each other. These skills are invaluable for all successful musicians, young composers and aspiring creative minds alike.

Ballet students in rehearsal in a dance studio
  • Week 1 dates: June 6-10
  • Week 2 dates: July 11-15
  • Director: Tricia Sundbeck
  • Tuition: $500/week

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, Monday through Friday. 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 18 are eligible. The workshop is appropriate for intermediate through advanced dancers (levels 5-7).

CCM Jazz students perform
  • Dates: June 13-17
  • Directors: Isadore Rudnick, Fine Arts Curriculum Manager, Cincinnati Public Schools and Eric Lechliter, CCM Prep Youth Jazz Orchestra director
  • Age group: 5th-12th grades
  • Tuition for public school students: $150
  • Prerequisite: At least one year of experience performing on an instrument

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. A completed and submitted registration form by the deadline is required.  No audition is necessary, but space is limited so get your registration in as soon as possible. 

NOTE: Cincinnati Public Schools students must register through a separate online form. Please contact ccmprep@uc.edu if you have not yet received the CPS form.

Students perform on stage during CCM Prep's High School Musical Theatre Workshop
  • Dates: June 13-25
  • Director: Dee Anne Bryll
  • Tuition: $600 for one week (June 13-18); $900 for two weeks (June 13-25)

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 Preparatory. Auditions are required.

Students perform during a CCM summer program
  • Dates: June 21-25
  • Director: Lisa Erickson
  • Tuition: $600

Workshop students will work in master class settings with CCM collegiate Voice and Acting faculty, CCM Preparatory faculty and professional vocal accompanists to develop a healthy vocal delivery, strong interpretation, language skills and physical freedom in their singing. Optional private lessons are available.


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.