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CCM Choral Studies, University of Cincinnati

Degree Programs

Online Applications at are due December 1, 2020, for Fall 2021 admission in the MM and DMA graduate Choral Conducting programs. By mid-December 2020, qualified applicants will be invited to audition in person at CCM in January or February 2021.

Features of CCM's MM and DMA Choral Conducting Programs:


  • Generous podium experiences, with opportunities each semester to conduct a series of rehearsals and performance with the CCM Chamber Singers, a 30-voice mixed chorus of music majors, which has three 90-minute rehearsals weekly and is conducted exclusively by MM and DMA choral conducting majors, under the mentorship of choral faculty.
  • Intensive studies in instrumental conducting and score preparation, in addition to choral conducting classes and seminars each semester in residence.
  • Conducting positions for DMA choral majors as Director of the UC Men's Chorus and Director of the UC Women's Chorus, which present on and off-campus concerts, tour, and perform masterworks with orchestra. The GA position for Director of the UC Men's Chorus will be open for a new DMA in August 2021.
  • Conducting positions for DMA and MM choral majors as Assistant Director of the CCM Chamber Choir, Assistant Director of the CCM Chorale, Director of the UC Cabaret Singers, Director of Choruses for CCM Mainstage Opera productions, Assistant Director of the Undergraduate Opera Project, and as Directors and Assistant Directors of multiple choirs for the Cincinnati Youth Choir, Ensemble-in-Residence at CCM, which serves over 1,000 children and youth in seven resident choirs, 10 satellite choirs and three festival choirs, and also partners with the May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati's Vocal Arts Ensemble and an El Sistema based choral program in the Cincinnati Public Schools.
  • Master classes, residencies, and workshops with guest master conductors and internationally acclaimed choirs. Past master conductors at CCM have included Charlene Archibeque, Harry Christophers, Stephen Cleobury, Fiora Contino (deceased), Stephen Darlington (deceased), Vance George, George Guest (deceased), Tom Hall, William Hatcher, Thomas Hilbish (deceased), Joseph Jennings, Craig Hella Johnson, Donald Nally, Peter Phillips, Johannes Prinz, Patrick Dupré Quigley, Leonard Ratzlaff, Richard Sparks, Martin Steidler, Dale Warland, Jon Washburn, William Weinert, Richard Westerberg (deceased) and Sir David Willcocks (deceased). Master classes have included internationally known ensembles, with MM and DMA choral majors conducting the Dale Warland Singers under the mentorship of Dale Warland, The Sixteen under the mentorship of Harry Christophers, and the Tallis Scholars under the mentorship of Peter Phillips.


  • In-depth studies over four semesters of the Survey of Choral Literature - Early Renaissance through Contemporary.
  • Musicology and Theory courses and special topics seminars with world-renowned specialists.
  • Voice Diction – French, German, and Italian – and Voice Pedagogy with members of CCM’s Voice faculty.
  • Voice Lessons each semester in residence.
  • DMA Cognates offered in Historically-Informed Performance, Sacred Music, Orchestral Conducting, Music Education, Musicology, Theory, Applied Music, Collaborative Piano and Arts Administration.
  • Access to America's greatest resource of choral scores through the CCM Choral library, with multiple scores of over 3,500 works; the Dale Warland Singers Performance Score Library, with multiple scores of over 1,100 works, (270 being commissioned works); and the University of Cincinnati Libraries, which offer borrowing privileges from all Ohio academic libraries via Ohio-Link.

Financial Support:

  • Eight Choral Graduate Assistantships (GA) offering competitive stipends and full tuition waivers, with additional CCM GAs available in other CCM Departments.
  • Scholarships for MM and DMA choral majors from the Elmer and Mary Thomas Scholarship Fund for Choral Conducting and the David R. Davidson Conducting Scholarship.
  • Opportunities for generous financial support for performance, research, and travel and registration fees for conducting competitions, masterclasses, workshops and conferences through the Dean of CCM’s Travel Funds.