CCMOnStage Presents

Philharmonia Ascendant


7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, Corbett Auditorium

CCM Philharmonia

Mark Gibson, music director and conductor 

For the first time since February 2020, the CCM Philharmonia returns to the Corbett Auditorium stage at full strength in a diverse and dynamic program, featuring works by a rising star, Brahms' rousing tribute to student life, and the first masterwork of one of the great symphonists of our tradition. 

Watch the Concert On Demand

Musical Selections

Philharmonia Repertoire

  • Starburst (2012)
    Jessie Montgomery (b. 1981) 
    arr. for chamber ensemble by J. Norpoth
  • Academic Festival Overture (1881)
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • Symphony No. 1 in D Major (1888)
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    1. Langsam. Schleppend. – Immer sehr gemächlich
    2. Kräftig bewegt
    3. Feirelich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
    4. Stürmisch bewegt


About CCM Philharmonia

The CCM Philharmonia, under the direction of Professor and CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson, is recognized as one of the world’s elite conservatory orchestras. The breadth of each season’s concert series rivals many of the world’s great performing organizations, and the Philharmonia presents a body of repertoire that encompasses more than what most conservatories venture to program. The close bond between the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and CCM’s orchestral program invigorates student conductors and instrumentalists alike, and CCM’s commitment to high standards enriches the cultural life of Greater Cincinnati. 

the flair and technique of a professional ensemble

Rafael's Music Notes


CCM Philharmonia Roster

Mark Gibson, music director and conductor


Strings after principal stands are listed alphabetically

Violin I

  • Alayne Wegner, concertmaster
  • Clara Brown
  • Grace Brown
  • Kristine Galano
  • Liam Gibb
  • Maalik Glover
  • Xiaorong Huang
  • Hyeji Jeong
  • Ashtin Johnson
  • Ju Young Lee
  • Maggie Niekamp
  • Tiffany Steinweg
  • Nayoung Yang

Violin II

  • Sarah Becker, principal
  • YuTing Chiu
  • Sydney Ebersohl
  • Skylar Hansen
  • Amelia Korbitz
  • Mable Lecrone
  • Haotong Liu
  • Kiran Rajamani
  • Gabrielle Sewell
  • Mwakudua waNgure
  • Linke Zhou


  • Cristian Diaz, principal
  • Julius Adams, principal
  • Brianna Barta
  • Shengyu Cao
  • Maya Fields
  • Violet Huang
  • Yufeng Lin
  • Tyler McKisson
  • Javier Otalora
  • Melissa Peraza
  • Fabio Saggin
  • Nathaniel Sendi
  • Peng-Huei Shen
  • Shelby Thompson
  • Jordan Watt
  • Wenxin Zhao


  • Matthew Shin, principal
  • Audrey Hudgens
  • Juneho Kim
  • Joe Kovac
  • Liam Maliner
  • Marcel Melendez
  • Samantha Powell
  • Jade Siebert
  • Nick Zhao


  • Brooks Salloum, principal
  • Taiga Benito
  • Nicholas Blackburn
  • Kim Celis
  • Kaleb Collins
  • Amy Nickler
  • Naomi Sarchet
  • Corey Watzek
  • Lydia Young


  • Oscar Thompson *
  • Emily Haynes 
  • Youbeen Cho +
  • Lisa Choi ^


  • Angela Shaver *+^
  • Julia Bobell
  • Laura Ruple
  • Leo De La Cruz


  • Jason Wilcox +^
  • Talor Marren
  • Rachel Beil
  • Citlalmina Hernandez Toro *


  • John Robken
  • Elizabeth Beeche
  • Zachary Elmore


  • Catherine Dowd ^
  • Sarah Yarbrough
  • Anthony Stanley
  • Andrew Meyers
  • Brady Catlett
  • Jonathan Chiou +
  • Taryn Lee
  • Jacob Speakman, assistant


  • Kole Pantuso ^
  • Emery Hicks *
  • David Riggs +
  • Ben Hunter
  • Taylor Yarbrough


  • Grant Adams ^
  • Patrick O’Brien +
  • Jack Noble


  • Xianquan Mu


  • Jacob Ottmer
  • Thomas Stroth


  • Jared Kohli
  • Emily Dickman
  • Alden Hanmer
  • Yudong Wang


  • Marissa Kerbel #


  • Madeline Arney *
  • Ashley Lim ^

Graduate Assistants

  • Robbie Garza
  • Xiao Geng
  • Brian McCann
  • Sophie Mok
  • Vaughn Richardson
  • Hannah Schendel


  • Rebecca Flank
  • Kristin Welke

* Principal on Montgomery’s Starburst

+ Principal on Brahms Academic Festival Overture

^ Principal on Mahler Symphony No.1

# Only on Montgomery's Starburst

On stage

Upcoming must-see events + top news from UC's College-Conservatory of Music

We will continue to announce our 2021-22 schedule of public performances in two-month intervals — audiences will learn more about our programming for November and December events in October! Performance information and updates will be shared on the CCM website and in our Next OnStage e-newsletter.

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The United States Coast Guard Band brings its "Heartland Harmonies" concert tour to UC's College-Conservatory of Music on Tuesday, June 25, 2024. The free concert is presented in Corbett Auditorium as part of the band's tour through the American South and Midwest regions for public performances and educational outreach.


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Through the Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids (LINKS) program, you can donate your used band or orchestra instrument to a young musician who cannot afford to rent or purchase their own. The LINKS instrument donation drive is at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. this Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11 2024, at any Willis Music or Buddy Rogers Music location. A project of CCMpower in partnership with Willis Music and Buddy Roger’s Music, LINKS began in 1994 as the brainchild of CCM alumnus Bill Harvey (BM Music Education, 1971). The owner of Buddy Roger’s Music, Harvey wanted to fill the need for students whose parents were unable to buy, rent or borrow an instrument. The solution was to create a “recycling program” for musical instruments.

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Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Sponsor
The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Sponsor
All-Steinway School Sponsor
Louise H. & David S. Ingalls Foundation, Inc.
Community Partners
The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
Visiting Artists & Thinking About Music Sponsor
Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer 
Greg Mathein 
Gary & Barb Cummins 
Jim & Linda Miller 
George & Carroll Roden
Musical Theatre Department Sponsors
Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor
Rafael and Kimberly de Acha
Opera D’Arte Sponsor
An Anonymous Donor
Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Judith Schonbach Landgren and Peter Landgren
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Elizabeth C.B. Sittenfeld
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
Mrs. Theodore W. Striker
Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer
Ariel Quartet Sponsors
Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation
Choral Studies Sponsors
  Classical Guitar Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor
Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation
Starling Pre-Collegiate Sponsor
Starling Strings Sponsor
Dr. Timothy E. and Janet L. Johnson
Thom Miles and Roberta Gary
Organ Department Sponsors
Keyboard Club of Cincinnati
Louis and Susan Meisel
Piano Department Sponsors
Kevin and Nancy Rhein
   Wind Studies Sponsor
Buddy Rogers Music
LINKS Sponsor
Sponsors listed as of Sept. 7, 2023

General Information

Box Office

Located in the CCM Atrium, the Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 12:30-6 p.m.; Saturday, noon-4 p.m.; and one hour prior to curtain for all ticketed performances. MasterCard, Visa and Discover cards are accepted.

  • Location: CCM Atrium Lobby next to Corbett Auditorium
  • Telephone: 513-556-4183
  • Email:
  • Mail: CCM Box Office, P.O. Box 210003, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003


Convenient parking is available in the CCM Garage at the base of Corry Boulevard off of Jefferson Avenue. Additional parking is available in garages throughout the UC campus. Any questions concerning on-campus parking should be directed to UC Parking Services at 513-556-2283.

Tax Credit

If you find that you cannot attend your performance, your tickets may be donated for tax credit as a charitable contribution. Simply notify the Box Office prior to the performance to release your seats, and give your name and address. A tax donation receipt will be mailed to you.

COVID Careful

The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. Based on current conditions, performance venues will be reduced to 50% capacity and all individuals, including audience members and performers, are required to wear facial coverings indoors, following guidelines from the CDC and UC's physician-led COVID response team. Additional measures may be in place as conditions develop based on guidance from the CDC and UC's physician-led COVID response team. Visit the UC Public Health website and CCM's COVID-19 website for additional information and updates.

Lost and Found

If you have lost an item, contact lost and found at 513-556-9413.

House Policies

The House Manager has been instructed to minimize the disturbance to patrons already seated when accommodating latecomers. The director and producer of each production select times that are least likely to interrupt the performance, and latecomers will be seated only during these times. Latecomers who miss these opportunities will not be admitted until intermission. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.

Cameras, Phones and Recording Devices

The video or audio recording of performances is prohibited.

The use of cameras, with or without flashes, recording devices, cellular phones and other electronic devices inside the theater is prohibited. Please leave them with the House Manager.

Smoking and Refreshments

Smoking and refreshments are not permitted in the theater. Effective May 1, 2017, smoking and tobacco use (including chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes) shall be prohibited by students, staff, faculty, visitors, vendors and contractors at all times in or on University of Cincinnati properties, including events on university property during non-school hours. This includes all shelters, indoor and outdoor theaters and athletic facilities, bridges, walkways, sidewalks, residence halls, parking lots, and street parking and garages owned by the university.

Hearing Enhancement

Telex listening devices are available for checkout during performances in both Patricia Corbett Theater and Corbett Auditorium. Please inquire at the Box Office.

Wheelchair Seating

Wheelchair seating is available in both Corbett Auditorium and Patricia Corbett Theater. Seating is limited, so reservations should be made with the Box Office when ordering tickets. These seats are subject to availability.

Group Sales

The Box Office can accommodate groups for major productions and concerts. Preview and benefit performances are also available for some productions. For more information, call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183.

CCM Faculty and Staff

CCM's faculty and staff and its state-of-the-art facilities make possible the professional training and exceptional education on which CCM believes the future of the arts relies. The school's roster of eminent faculty regularly receives distinguished honors for creative and scholarly work, and its alumni have achieved notable success in the performing and media arts. More than 150 internationally recognized faculty members work with students from around the world, specializing in eight areas of study.

Know Your Exit

Corbett Auditorium emergency exits are located at the back left and right of the balcony level, the back left and right of the main floor level, and at the left and right at the front of the stage.

Performance dates and repertoire are subject to change. View CCM's current calendar of events.

The purpose of these performances is educational, and they are part of a University of Cincinnati academic program.