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The study of music at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is strongly performance based. The cornerstone of all degree programs is the weekly private lesson with faculty, who serve as mentors for students and direct their individual musical, performing and teaching growth. The curriculum emphasizes the development of the well-rounded, holistic musician by providing a solid background in music history and theory as well as areas specific to each musical medium. Undergraduate students enjoy a close collaboration with the University of Cincinnati through a general education core that supplements their education with academic course work while graduate students specialize more precisely in their chosen field.
Where performance is the primary focus, the opportunities are abundant. CCM houses almost 1,000 performances each year in state-of-the-art spaces. Each degree program culminates in at least one full, required solo recital. Students rehearse and perform frequently with over a dozen ensembles from orchestras to wind symphonies; from pit orchestras to combined choral productions; from early music to 21st-century compositions. Chamber music study is a critical element of each program, and CCM holds annual concerto and scholarship competitions. Faculty and guest artists conduct regular studio classes and master classes. The CCM Student Artist Program even helps provide students solo and chamber music opportunities throughout the Greater Cincinnati community.
A powerful network of nationally and internationally renowned teachers and performers is available to students. Our principal applied faculty include Henrick Heide, Demarre McGill and Heather Verbeck on flute, Mark Ostoich on oboe, Ronald Aufmann, Ixi Chen and Ralph Skiano on clarinet; Brisa de Paula, Martin James and Bill Winstead on bassoon, and James Bunte on saxophone. Our graduates are able to draw on this network as they begin their own careers as soloists, chamber musicians and players with major symphony orchestras, as well as teaching at schools and privately throughout the world.
A powerful network of nationally and internationally renowned teachers and performers is available to students. Our principal applied faculty include Duane Dugger and Randy Gardner on horn, Phil Collins and Alan Siebert on trumpet, Tim Anderson and Peter Norton on trombone, and Tim Northcut on tuba/euphonium. Our graduates are able to draw on this network as they begin their own careers as soloists, chamber musicians and players with major symphony orchestras, as well as teaching at schools and privately throughout the world.
Performance is the primary focus of the percussionist at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Students participate in eight full-time ensembles as well as frequent ad hoc groups. In addition, Greater Cincinnati has a rich cultural tradition that provides a variety of freelance opportunities. Each student meets with one member of Percussion Group Cincinnati in weekly applied lessons and interacts with the other two group members through course work, seminars, ensembles and frequent performance and master classes.
We gear applied lessons to meet your individual needs, building a strong musical and technical foundation to prepare you for the specialized fields of the percussive arts. CCM’s program is devoted to meeting the varied demands of today’s percussionists, from traditional orchestral playing to the most innovative contemporary techniques of chamber performance. Many of our graduates have moved on to world-class graduate schools, orchestras and international performance and teaching positions.
Unique to CCM’s program is the teacher-to-student ratio (about one to six), allowing for highly individualized attention, daily interaction and close monitoring of progress. Students have the opportunity to observe Percussion Group Cincinnati performing on a regular basis, and through our concertizing we explore all the latest developments in percussion performance and literature.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performs weekly in season, and students may also enjoy performances by the Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Percussion Group Cincinnati has maintained a close professional relationship with CSO’s percussion section over the years, and we urge our students to take advantage of that excellent educational resource.
Our percussion facilities include eight recently refurbished practice rooms. They house four sets of timpani (including Ringer and Walter Light drums), six marimbas (including a new 5-octave MARIMBA ONE and a 4 1/2–octave YAMAHA), four vibraphones, three xylophones, three sets of orchestra bells, many snare drums (including Clevelander, Hinger and other specialty drums), steel drums, and an array of other instruments. In addition, the group’s own studio contains an extensive collection of traditional and exotic instruments accumulated over twenty years of national and international touring. We encourage you to use this fine equipment as your recitals and concerts dictate.