CCM Prep Brass Choir Celebrates Music Director and Conductor Paul Hillner

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


Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

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

Story by CCM graduate student Jonathan Dellinger

CCM Alumni Applause CCM News Faculty Fanfare

CCM Preparatory Presents Its Spring Series of Performances April 29 through May 17

CCM’s Preparatory Department (CCM Prep) kicks off its annual series of spring performances this week, highlighting students of all levels and their past year’s accomplishments.

The events begin at 8 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, April 29) with a performance by the beloved CCM Prep Brass Choir in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. With an eclectic program conducted by music director Paul Hillner, highlights include an arrangement of The Hymn of Acxiom by Vienna Teng and Megan Duplisea, a senior trumpet player from Mason High School. The Prep Brass Choir recently performed for students at the School for Creative and Performing Arts and at Mason High School.

CCM Prep’s Youth Ballet Companies present their annual spring concert on May 1 and 2 in the Patricia Corbett Theater. With direction by Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer, the concert will feature a performance of Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals choreographed by CCM Prep faculty member Trisha Sundbeck Bell. This piece originally premiered with the Cincinnati Pops at the January 31 Lollipops Concert.

An exciting highlight of the series is CCM Prep’s Junior Musical Theatre Intensive Program’s performance of the award-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. running May 7-9 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. This past January, CCM Prep musical theatre students earned an “Excellence in Dance” at the tenth annual iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta and CCM Prep faculty member Dee Anne Bryll received the Broadway Junior Spirit Award.

On Sunday, May 10 at 3 p.m. at the Muntz Theater on the UC Blue Ash campus, Cincinnati Junior Strings, the premiere ensemble for young string players in the region, performs a program featuring a variety of composers. Directed by Rachel Bierkan, Cincinnati Junior Strings performs before their east coast tour to Boston, Nova Scotia and other cities this summer.

CCM Prep hosts a full day of theatre arts and dance performances on Saturday, May 16, and then closes out its season at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 17 with the Jazz Extravaganza. This annual concert features over 70 jazz students performing and showcasing what they have learned throughout the year in the Patricia Corbett Theater.

CCM Prep is one of just a very few select programs that holds triple accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music, Theater and Dance. This ensures that the faculty, curriculum and facilities have undergone a thorough review and meets the high national standards for community schools and programs. A variety of locations, highly qualified staff and a complete range of programs makes CCM Prep a great choice for your arts experience. Many CCM Prep students continue their arts training at such prestigious institutions as CCM, Oberlin, Northwestern, University of Michigan and Harvard. You will find our faculty performing with ensembles and organizations throughout the city.

Event Information
All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Some events do require purchased tickets; please see individual event information for single ticket prices and ordering information.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visit for CCM Box Office hours and location.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

Parking and Directions

For performances presented in the CCM Village, parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit


8 p.m. Wednesday, April 29
CCM Prep Brass Choir
Paul Hillner, director

The area’s finest young brass musicians perform a concert of music composed and arranged for brass choir.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
Admission: FREE

7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2
CCM Preparatory Ballet Company
Jonnie Lynn Jacobs-Percer, director

The CCM Youth Ballet Companies feature talented students from ages nine through adults, performing traditional and contemporary works choreographed by CCM and CCM Prep faculty.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

4 p.m. Wednesday, May 4
CCM Prep Suzuki String Concert

Hear 100+ suzuki string students of all levels at the year end celebration.
Location: Wyoming Fine Arts Center
Admission: FREE

7 p.m. Thursday, May 7
7 p.m. Friday, May 8
3 p.m. Saturday, May 9
CCM’s Junior Musical Theatre Intensive Program
Dee Anne Bryll, director
Rebecca Childs, musical director

Based on the 1967 film of the same name, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of Millie Dillmount, a small-town girl who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love—a thoroughly modern aim! Winner of six 2002 Tony Awards including Best Musical, this comic pastiche performed by the talented members of the Jr. Musical Theatre Intensive program promises to delight audiences with its modern ways.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

3 p.m. Sunday, May 10
Cincinnati Junior Strings
Rachel Bierkan, director

Cincinnati’s first string ensemble for middle school students presents its annual spring concert, featuring music by a variety of composers.
Location: Muntz Theater, UC-Blue Ash Campus
Admission: FREE

9 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, May 16
CCM Preparatory Showcase
CCM Prep presents a full day of ongoing performances by theatre arts and dance students in Patricia Corbett Theater, with Achievement Festival Music Recitals all day throughout CCM Village! Audiences get the chance to experience the year’s worth of hard work and the talents of CCM Prep students from a variety of disciplines. For more information call 513-556-2595.
Location: CCM Village

4 p.m. Sunday, May 17
CCM Prep Jazz Extravaganza
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Admission: FREE

The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation: CCM Season Presenting Sponsor & Musical Theatre Program Sponsor

ArtsWave: Community Partners

CCM News