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String Conducting for Educators

CCM has canceled all in-person programs scheduled for summer 2020.

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High school and middle school music teachers will have the opportunity to improve their teaching and conducting skills in this two-part workshop! Educators will participate in programming seminars, conducting labs, pedagogy discussions, and score studying sessions.

Participants will conduct members from Seven Hills Sinfonietta and UC Symphony Orchestra during the conducting labs in June and the closing performance in August.

Schedule Overview

  • June 8-12: Choose and prepare works for the next school year
  • August 5-6*:  Conduct prepared works

* Participants are expected to have all chosen repertoire ready to conduct for the performance on August 6.


$600 - includes both June and August dates


Aik Khai Pung

Title: Assistant Professor of Music
Office: 2560 Corbett Cntr Perform Arts
Tel: 513-556-9521

An all-around conductor and educator, Aik Khai Pung is music director of the CCM Concert Orchestra, CCM Chamber Orchestra, Seven Hills Sinfonietta, and Sound of Joy Choir. Prior his engagement at CCM, Pung has taught at Earlham College in Indiana, Akademie der Chinesische Bunte Blätter in Munich, and Peking University in Beijing. He has served as music director of NANOWorks Opera, head instructor of the Orchestral, Choir and Opera Conducting Workshop in Malaysia, cover conductor of Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, instructor of CCM Opera Bootcamp, instructor of Charleston Symphony Orchestra Conducting Workshop, and a clinician for Montclair State University John J. Cali School of Music Orchestra Festival in New Jersey.

On top of his passion for teaching, Pung is actively involved in music festivals around the world such as Lincoln Center Festival (New York), Spoleto Festival USA (Charleston, SC), CCM Spoleto (Spoleto, Italy), Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca (Lucca, Itally), Georgetown Festival (Penang, Malaysia) and Luminato Festival (Toronto, Canada) where he conducts and assists opera productions as well as symphonic concerts.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Pung plays the piano, violin, Er-hu (Chinese traditional fiddle), Chinese dulcimer and viola da gamba. On top of instrumental music, he is equally involved with vocal music. He programs and performs new operas as the music director of NANOWorks Opera. Other than music from the Classical and Romantic eras, Pung has conducted his research on music of Guo Wenjing, Toshio Hosokawa, Nico Muhly, John Adams, Philip Glass, Ruo Huang, and young composers such as Jennifer Jolley, Clay Mettens, Danny Clay, Eric Knechtges, Li ShaoSheng, Marie Incontrera, among others.

A Doctor of Music in Orchestral Conducting, Pung studied under Annunziata Tomaro, Xu Xin, Zhang Yi and Ulrich Nicolai. He has also worked with Gustav Meier and JoAnn Falletta. Pung received the CCM Distinguished Young Alumnus Award and UC Outstanding Alumni Award in 2018. He won second prize in the Taiwan Chinese Orchestra (TCO) international Conducting Competition (2015) and was the Special Award winner for Conducting Chinese Music at the First Hong Kong International Conducting Competition (2011). He was the first international conducting student to be accepted to the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music, the top conservatory in China, where he was awarded outstanding student in year 2005.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing.
  • Master of Music, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Betty Anne Gottlieb

Title: Assistant Professor of Music Education (Strings), Director of New Horizons Orchestra
Office: 5239 Emery Hall
Tel: 513-556-9530

BettyAnne Gottlieb teaches courses mainly focused on string pedagogy and technology integration for music educators. Her research interests include democratic learning environments, healthy musicianship, music teacher preparation, and the nature and meaning of music for beginning instrumentalists. Dr. Gottlieb has presented her research at regional, national and international conferences such as the American String Teachers Association National Conference, Biennial Colloquium for Teachers of Instrumental Music Methods, Symposium for Music Teacher Education and Narrative Inquiries in Music Education, as well as a number of state music education conferences.

Dr. Gottlieb’s experience in teaching music covers a wide array of age groups and focuses including strings, band, general music, Suzuki violin and viola, and conducting youth string ensembles. She has taught in the public schools and university-affiliated music programs in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Arkansas, and serves regularly as a guest clinician and adjudicator for regional, district and state string festivals. Dr. Gottlieb is Suzuki trained, performs regularly in regional orchestras and spends portions of her summers teaching at Blue Lake Suzuki Camp, Interlochen, and for the CCM Preparatory Department. Prior to her appointment at CCM, Gottlieb taught in the Music Education Department at the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Gottlieb’s current research and pedagogical activities include forming and directing the Cincinnati New Horizons Orchestra – a program that provides beginning and intermediate string instruction to adults in a group setting. In September, 2014, Dr. Gottlieb and 10 members of the ensemble were invited presenters at the 3rd Annual Music and Medicine Conference sponsored by the Cincinnati Music And Wellness Coalition.


  • BS, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.
  • MMEd, VanderCook College of Music, Chicago, IL.
  • PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.