Accent11 is a chamber and new music festival in which participants perform alongside outstanding artist-faculty in beautiful CCM Village at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Held June 12-18, this one-week intensive program allows students to receive undergraduate or graduate credit while participating in performance opportunities, taking master classes and working with amazing artists.

From playing in ensembles side by side with faculty to working with guest composer Christopher Theofanidis, here’s a preview of what’s in store for festival participants:

College students

  • Chamber music with faculty: Perform alongside members of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet!
  • New music for composers: Performance of chamber work by Accent11 students and daily master classes with Christopher Theofanidis!
  • New music for performers: New works including world premieres with insight from Christopher Theofanidis!
  • Private lessons: With our artist-faculty!
  • Performance classes: Conducting with Mark Gibson! Orchestral excerpts, solos, and audition preparation with Timothy Lees!
  • Mentoring: Six assistantships to qualifying college/graduate students!
  • Performance opportunities: five student concerts, five master classes!
  • Solo performance with orchestra: By audition.

High School students

  • Chamber music with faculty: Perform alongside faculty members!
  • New music: Perform new works including premieres!
  • Orchestra: Perform under the baton of CSYO conductor Ken Lam!
  • Private lessons: Two private lessons with our faculty!
  • Performance opportunities: Two student concerts, five master classes!
  • Solo performance with orchestra: By audition.

Plus literature such as:

  • Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major K. 581, the Two Violas Quintet in C Major K. 515, or the Flute Quartet in D Major K. 285
  • Schubert Two Cellos Quintet in C Major D 956
  • Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34
  • Beethoven Sextet for Two Horns and Strings in E-flat Major Op. 81b or the
  • Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

The Accent11 Artist-Faculty includes:

  • The Parker Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence (2011 Grammy Award-winner)
  • Christopher Theofanidis, Composer-in-Residence (Yale)
  • Mark Gibson, conductor, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)
  • Ken Lam, conductor, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO)
  • Timothy Lees, concertmaster, CSO
  • Randolph Bowman, flute, CSO
  • Mark Ostoich, oboe, CCM
  • Ronald Aufmann, clarinet, CSO
  • Karen Schneider, French horn, Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra (CBO)
  • Michael Chertock, piano, CCM
  • Daniel Chong, violin, Parker Quartet
  • Karen Kim, violin, Parker Quartet
  • Charles Wetherbee, violin, Carpe Diem Quartet
  • Won Bin Yim, violin, CCM
  • Jessica Bodner, viola, Parker Quartet
  • Dorotea Vismara, viola, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra (CCO)
  • Kee-Hyun Kim, cello, Parker Quartet
  • Paul York, cello, University of Louisville

Application fee is $80 and participation fee is $520.

CCM works with deserving students on a need/merit basis to make Accent11 affordable when possible. All students can apply for an Accent11 scholarship (some partial scholarships are available).

College students can apply for an assistantship: we offer six assistantships to qualified graduate and/or college students. Assistantships cover the A11 participation fee ($520) in exchange for help with young group rehearsals or other tasks during or before A11 as needed, but not to exceed a total of 18 hours. CCM students can also request a CCM summer scholarship if they take Accent11 for credit or host an out-of-town student and get $50 for the week.

Accent11 is open to advanced high school, undergraduate and graduate students with a background in woodwinds, strings, piano, percussion or composition. Middle school and high school students are invited to join the fun in Crescendo11, the young musicians division of A11.

Applications are due April 20, 2011 or until spaces are filled, so there’s no time to waste! For more information, go to or email

There are only 2 college and 2 pre-college slots for wind players, percussionists and pianists, so apply ASAP!

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