CCM: Prep

CCM: Prep

Jazz Ensembles

Jazz Explosion!

Jazz Explosion!

From the advanced young performer looking to audition at CCM, to a novice looking to explore jazz in a group setting, CCM Prep offers an outstanding and unique experience! Our program is one-of-a-kind in the area, teaching learners at all levels and most ages, from beginner to professional. We also offer access to CCM faculty and facilities, as well as community performances at retirement homes, local jazz clubs, and a wide variety of other venues. Past performances of note have taken our groups to City Hall, Music Hall, OMEA Convention in Cleveland, OH, the Artswave Sampler Weekend, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

This year the Cincinnati Youth Jazz Orchestra and the High School combo have been invited to open for a jazz legend, bassist Christian McBride, and the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.

Cincinnati Youth Jazz Orchestra (CYJO)

Jennifer Grantham, director
Grades 10-12

12-2:50 p.m., Sunday  | Rehearsals begin Sunday, September 29, 2019
at CCM

Tuition: $410

The Cincinnati Youth Jazz Orchestra offers a high-level challenge in a big band setting. Emphasis will be placed on developing professional musical, improvisational and performance skills. CYJO performs a wide array of styles within the big band genre, with performances held on- and off-campus.

Any students playing an instrument within standard big band instrumentation, as well as vocalists, are encouraged to audition for this group.

Click here to sign-up for a CYJO audition and view audition requirements/materials.

CYJO/HS Combo Audition Instructions and CYJO Excerpt

Jazz Explosion!

Matt Holt, director
Grades 7-12

2-3:50 p.m., Sunday | Rehearsals begin Sunday, January 26, 2020 at CCM

Tuition: $205 (due to spring semester start date!)

Learn jazz the way the masters did! Jazz Explosion puts the focus on small-group jazz playing, and teaches jazz improvisation with an emphasis on learning by ear and group interaction. No jazz experience is necessary, and the ensemble is a great place for both beginning improvisers, and more advanced players looking to grow their ears and deepen their melodic instincts and knowledge of jazz style.

Auditions are required: Click here to sign-up for an audition and review audition requirements/materials.  

Jazz Combos

Jennifer Grantham & Matt Holt, directors
for students in grades 9-12 & adults

High School Combo 10:30-11:50 a.m., Sunday | Rehearsals begin Sunday, September 22, 2019 at CCM
Adult Combo 12-1:30 p.m., Sunday
| Rehearsals begin Sunday, September 22, 2019 at CCM

Tuition: $ 410

Our combo groups are aimed at motivated students and learners who want to perform jazz at a high level in a small group setting. Members will learn jazz standards and contemporary tunes with a primary emphasis on improvisation and small-group interaction.

This is an auditioned ensemble. All slots have been filled for the 2019-20 school year. 

  • Saturday, September 9, 2017 
    • 12- 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 1, 2017 
    • 12-4 p.m. 
  • Locations:  1402 warm-up room | 1401 audition room
  • Click here to sign-up for an audition.
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017 
    • 12- 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 1, 2017 
    • 12-4 p.m. 
  • Locations:  1402 warm-up room | 1401 audition room
  • Click here to sign-up for an audition.
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017 
    • 12- 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 1, 2017 
    • 12-4 p.m. 
  • Locations:  1402 warm-up room | 1401 audition room
  • Click here to sign-up for an audition.