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Sports media production program provides real-world experience...

October 3, 2022

Cincinnati CityBeat featured students in the sports media production program at UC who participate in an experience-based learning effort that allows them to work outside of the classroom to produce and direct television broadcasts that air live on ESPN+. It’s the result of a partnership between CCM, ESPN+ and UC Athletics. The class is also part of UC’s Co-op 2.0 program.


In Memoriam: Trailblazing trombonist Betty Glover, CCM alumna...

October 3, 2022

The University of Cincinnati is saddened to share news of the passing of CCM alumna and former faculty member Betty Glover. As one of the first female orchestral trombonists in the country, Glover made a significant impact in the world of music and enjoyed an incredible career. She passed away on Sept. 27, 2022, at the age of 99.


WATCH: CCM presents 'A Voice Like Mine' mini documentary

September 30, 2022

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at CCM's acclaimed Voice and Opera programs courtesy of the new Backstage at CCM documentary series. Titled "A Voice Like Mine," this mini documentary spotlights bass-baritone John Mburu, who is pursuing his Master of Music degree in Voice Performance at CCM. Declared a "top college vocal program" by Backstage Magazine and described as “one of the continent’s major music schools” by the Toronto Star, CCM's Departments of Opera and Voice provide one of the most comprehensive training programs for opera singers, coaches and directors in the United States.


Get to know CCM’s newest faculty/staff members and unit heads

September 29, 2022

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music welcomes six new full-time faculty members and five new staff members to its roster of distinguished performing and media arts experts this fall. In addition, the college is also welcoming five current faculty members into new leadership roles for 2022-23.


CCM professor’s compositions featured in concert:nova performance

September 27, 2022

UC College-Conservatory of Music Composition Professor Michael Fiday will be celebrated in a retrospective program presented by concert:nova, a Cincinnati-based ensemble dedicated to innovative performances. The concert takes place on Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Myaamia Hall at ARCO Cincinnati, and will feature a wide selection of the Fiday’s award-wining output. Tickets are available online.


UC Students: Enroll now for CCM's spring 2023 arts electives

September 27, 2022

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music offers dozens of arts elective courses each semester which are open to all UC students. In spring 2023, you can sing in a choir, study video game music, watch Disney movies, and more—all for college credit!


UC Family Weekend draws more than 5,000 participants to the...

September 22, 2022

UC Family Weekend was designed to introduce families to university life. The three-day event attracted more than 5,000 people to the Uptown campus Sept. 16-18. A pep rally, a movie night in Nippert Stadium, an evening barbecue along with host of activities on Schneider Quad offered something for UC students, their siblings, parents and other supporters.


CCM Play Series opens with dramatic double bill, 'Lysistrata'...

Event: September 29, 2022 8:00 PM

Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptations of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and Euripides’ The Trojan Women tell stories of women impacted by war and their struggle to take control of their fates. A satirical comedy, Lysistrata focuses on women who try to end the Peloponnesian War by going celibate until their men see reason and lay down their arms. Known as the first anti-war play in the western canon, The Trojan Women focuses on the surviving women who grapple with grief, fear and the total devastation of their homes after their city’s defeat in the Trojan War.


CCM piano professor debuts with two major US orchestras

September 19, 2022

UC College-Conservatory of Music piano professor Awadagin Pratt is preparing debut performances with both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, playing a commissioned work by contemporary composer Jessie Montgomery.


CCM teaches "disguise" tech to the next generation of lighting...

September 15, 2022

UC College-Conservatory of Music Professor Sharon Huizinga and Vickie Claiborne, Training Manager for disguise Americas, have been working closely together over the past few years to help video and lighting students learn disguise — a platform that combines leading production software with powerful media server hardware, to empower artists and production houses to tell stories that inspire audiences. This collaboration was recently spotlighted on disguise's website.


Paying it forward: Alums unite to create spectacular fundraising...

Event: September 23, 2022 8:00 PM

UC College-Conservatory of Music alum Jim Semmelman (BFA Musical Theater, ’76) is deeply committed to connecting with current CCM students and making sure they have access to the same opportunities, mentorship and support he received as a student. CCM helped open doors for Semmelman, who has enjoyed a long career as a performer and stage manager, having worked on Broadway and at NBC on Today, The View and more.


Playbill: CCM in top 10 most represented colleges on Broadway

September 12, 2022

As part of Playbill's Back to School week, take a look at our annual report on the colleges and universities with the most alumni performing on Broadway in the last season. Below you'll find this year's top 10 most represented schools on Broadway, plus a few honorable mentions that just barely missed making the top 10.


National rankings highlight UC’s co-op program, innovation

September 12, 2022

The University of Cincinnati’s co-op program stands at No. 4 in the U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings, continuing its historical placement among the top five co-op programs in the country — and No. 1 for co-op among public universities. The latest 2023 issue of the magazine’s influential “Best Colleges” guide ranks UC in the top tier, including among the “most innovative among national universities,” (No. 68) — UC’s first-ever ranking in that category.


"30 Years of Stephen" brings Broadway to CCM on Sept. 23

Event: September 23, 2022 8:00 PM

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music is thrilled to present a spectacular evening of music and stories, featuring our incredible students and a sampling of CCM's most notable alumni. Join us for a front-row seat to the world premiere of 30 Years of Stephen: The Music of Stephen Flaherty on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 in Corbett Auditorium.


In Memoriam: CCM Dean Emeritus Robert J. Werner

September 6, 2022

The University of Cincinnati is saddened to share news of the passing of CCM Dean Emeritus Robert J. Werner. One of the most significant figures in CCM’s history, Werner passed away on Aug. 31, 2022, at the age of 90.


Ariel Quartet opens its CCM concert series on Sept. 6

Event: September 6, 2022 7:30 PM

The internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet opens its fall 2022 concert series at UC's College-Conservatory of Music with a performance at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.


CCM Guitar's 50th Anniversary Gala Concert features alumni guests

Event: September 3, 2022 4:00 PM

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of CCM’s Classical Guitar program with a special concert featuring distinguished alumni in solos and ensembles performed by Amy Brucksch, Duane Corn, Brian DeLay, Murray Holland, Luke Jackson, Julie Goldberg, James Meade, Leighann Narum and Matthew Trkula. The concert will include the world premiere of three new works written for the occasion by Wenbin Lyu, Christopher Teves and Christopher Wilke as well as a guitar orchestra made of alumni and current students. The gala also recognizes the program’s founder Professor Emeritus Clare Callahan with the launch of a new scholarship named in her honor to help promising young guitarists achieve their dreams.


CCM doctoral student appointed as May Festival Conducting Fellow

August 30, 2022

The Cincinnati May Festival has announced the appointment of UC College-Conservatory of Music student Christin Sears as the May Festival Choral Conducting Fellow for the 2022-23 performance season, which is also the May Festival’s 150th anniversary season. A first-year student in CCM's doctoral program in choral conducting, Sears previously served as a school choral director in the Houston area for 12 years. She is an active clinician, soloist and singer in professional ensembles who served as the soprano section leader for CANTARE Houston.


A UC first: Enrollment tops 48,000

August 18, 2022

The University of Cincinnati anticipates record enrollment as classes begin Monday, Aug. 22, with a projected 48,300 students — a 3% increase over last year. It will mark nearly a decade of continuous growth of a student body that increasingly reflects the university’s core values.


View digital programs for upcoming CCM performances

August 17, 2022

During the 2022-23 performance season, the UC College-Conservatory of Music will continue to offer digital programs for all of its free and ticketed events in place of printed programs. These paperless programs will be available on CCM's website, and they can also be accessed via smartphone/mobile device by scanning the Quick Response (QR) code displayed outside of each CCM performance venue.


From Cincinnati to Ethiopia: CCM Lighting Design professor...

August 16, 2022

UC College-Conservatory of Music Lighting Design and Technology Professor Sharon Huizinga enjoyed a "once in a lifetime" experience this summer as the lighting and projection designer on Tiranya Ko Koisani (The Mediator), a new play about the Mursi people of Ethiopia's South Omo region.

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