CCM Preparatory and Community Engagement’s Brass Choir presents a free concert in celebration of Paul Hillner‘s 40 years as the ensemble’s music director and conductor at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 in Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

Paul Hillner

Paul Hillner.

“As I reflect over the last 40 years of conducting the CCM Prep Brass Choir, I am reminded of how blessed I am to have worked with so many talented high school students,” Hillner says. “It always amazes me to see the progress these students make from the first rehearsal until the concert.”

Hillner earned a BM in Trumpet Performance in 1974 from CCM, where he studied with Eugene Blee, former principal trumpet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He earned a MM in Wind Conducting in 1978, studying at CCM with Robert Hornyak.

After graduating, Hillner began working in the CCM Admissions Office and later became Assistant Dean of CCM Admissions and Student Services. He worked in the CCM Admissions Office for 36 years before he retired in 2015. Hillner continues to teach in CCM Prep leading the Brass Choir and teaching trumpet lessons as an emeritus professor.

“Since my degrees from CCM are BM in Trumpet Performance and MM in Wind Conducting, directing this ensemble allows me the opportunity to continue my musical passion,” Hillner says of his time leading the CCM Prep Brass Choir. “It is with great honor that I look forward to celebrating my 40 years as director/conductor of this group by presenting our final concert of this season.”


To be selected from:
PAUL DUKAS: Fanfare pour précéder La péri
PERCY GRAINGER: Irish Tune From County Derry, trans. by Chris Rolfes
MAX DIJULIO: Bound in Brass
ANDREW LAW: Three New England Hymns
BILL HOLCOMBE: Fanfare and Toccata
JOSEPH KREINES: American Song Set
RICHARD WAGNER: Gathering of the Armies From Lohengrin, arr. by by Brian Buerkle

8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati


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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Story by CCM graduate student Jonathan Dellinger

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