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Application Process

CMP applicants must audition/interview in Cincinnati on either January 14 or 28, 2017. Applicants should have a major instrument for audition purposes. Vocalists and non-traditional instruments are encouraged to apply, all instruments considered.

Each candidate must upload to the prescreening requirements below by December 1.

Important Note: Each applicant must also apply to CCM. The pre-screening material does not include your common application, test scores or your two letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters of recommendation should address the applicant’s specific musical qualifications for success in the program.

Pre-Screening Requirements

All applicants must submit a complete portfolio for review to

Application Materials for the Portfolio Include:

  • Mp3 audio files consisting of two original compositions in any style.
    • Recordings may be from live performances, studio productions or computer.
    • Generated via sequenced MIDI tracks or files exported from notation software programs.
  • Scores, lead sheets, chord charts or chord charts with lyrics of the submitted compositions.
    • It is highly recommended that the submitted scores, lead sheets and chord charts be the same as the submitted recordings. This will give you the best chance to receive an audition.
    • Finale or Sibelius software is encouraged, although handwritten scores are acceptable for the pre-screening.
  • Documentation of your role in all submitted materials.
    • Note if you performed on the original songs and what instrument/instruments you played.
    • Note if you engineered and/or produced the recording.

Audition/Interviews are by invitation only. CCM Admissions will notify you if you passed the pre-screening and what date you are scheduled for.  However, if you pass the pre-screening but have not applied to CCM, Admissions will not be able to schedule the audition.

Live Audition Requirements

Music Audition and Interview are required to determine satisfactory potential for the degree program. International students should contact admissions if they are unable to attend the live audition.

The audition will consist of:

  • Performance of two original compositions.
    • Applicant needs to bring a score or lead sheet using Finale or Sibelius for the compositions performed.
  • Performance from one of the categories below:
    • Popular Song (R&B, Soul, Rock, Show tune etc.)
    • Jazz Standard
    • A Classical solo or etude
    • Blues
  • Sight reading of melodies and/or chord changes to show core music skills.
  • Interview will consist of:
    • Your knowledge and use of technology, like Logic and Pro Tools.
    • Your musical background development in school and private lessons.
    • Your experience, performances, and productions. 
    • Other questions could involve your main areas of interest and career goals.
  • In addition, a music theory exam will be scheduled at a different time on your audition day to determine your theory placement.

To be admitted to a bachelor's program at the University of Cincinnati, you must have fulfilled the high school requirements recommended by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Board of Regents.

For more information, contact CCM’s Office of Admissions and Student Services at 513-556-9479 or

Student Salutes

Senior Jenny Rowekamp spent the 2016 summer as an intern at Remote Control Productions in Los Angeles, the studio facility of famed film composer Hans Zimmer.

Piyatut Hemstapat graduated in the first senior class for the Commercial Music Production program at CCM. He secured a scholarship to the University of Southern California in USC's prestigious Film Scoring program.

Michael Dudley graduated in the first senior class for the Commercial Music Production program at CCM. He secured a full scholarship to the graduate jazz studies program at the University of Miami. He will be studying trumpet with jazz great Brian Lynch and composition with acclaimed writer Gary Lindsay.

Junior Anna Kline spent the summer interning at the Monastery Studios in Walnut Hills. This is home to Ric Hordinksi, one of our esteemed faculty members in CMP.