Under the auspices of the Visiting Composers Series, composers, established as well as emerging, visit CCM to lecture, meet informally with students, comment on their work and meet the public. These visits coincide with performances of the composers work by CCM resident soloists and ensembles and/or the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Vocal Arts Ensemble and others. Composers discuss in dialogue with students, faculty and the public such topics as the position of the composer in contemporary society, the future of new music, the relationship between music and culture, the challenge of reaching audiences, or whatever else is on their minds. Past guests have included such distinguished composers as John Adams, Samuel Adler, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Philip Glass, Jennifer Higdon, Karel Husa, Aaron Jay Kernis, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bernard Rands, Frederick Rzewski, Joseph Schwantner, Sir Michael Tippett and many others. In addition, the Visiting Composers series also invites prominent performers of new music to give concerts and/or conduct reading sessions of student’s work, often in conjunction with composers with whom they have collaborated.
Current and recent guests are listed below, by academic year. View a list of selected guests who have participated in the Visiting Composers Series since its inception.