Program Spotlight: Collaborative Piano at CCM

CCM Professor of Collaborative Piano Sandra Rivers coaches a student.

CCM Professor of Collaborative Piano Sandra Rivers coaches a student.

CCM’s Master of Music in Collaborative Piano prepares students for future doctoral studies, as well as careers in national and international opera companies and summer festivals. Students benefit from the collaborative environment at CCM, and are exposed to outstanding teaching in the vocal, operatic and instrumental areas of the college.

Applications are still open to join CCM’s Fall 2018 class. Incoming students have opportunities to finance their education with Graduate Assistantships and special scholarship funding.

Collaborative piano and voice students rehearse with CCM Professor Kenneth Griffiths.

Collaborative piano and voice students rehearse with CCM Professor Kenneth Griffiths.

CCM Collaborative Piano majors study with active and internationally recognized faculty members Kenneth Griffiths, Donna Loewy and Sandra Rivers, who offer expertise in vastly different repertoires.

Students pursue their education in CCM’s state-of-the art facilities, which include practice rooms and top-notch performance spaces. An all-Steinway school, CCM students have access to 200 pianos, eight harpsichords, a fortepiano, a clavichord and seven pipe organs.

Beyond the Classroom
Located in the heart of Cincinnati, CCM’s urban campus is perfectly positioned to connect students with professional experiences. Cincinnati’s rich artistic landscape includes the world-class Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Music Cincinnati. Visiting artists are often invited to give master classes at CCM; recent guests include Emanuel Ax, Barry Douglas, Leon Fleisher, Gary Graffman and Claude Frank.

Applications and Additional Information
CCM is now accepting applications for Fall 2018. Learn more at

For more information, please visit or contact CCM Admissions at 513-556-9478 or email

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CCM Welcomes Jesse Blumberg and Martin Katz for Schubert Residency in February

CCM alumnus Jesse Blumberg, baritone.

CCM alumnus Jesse Blumberg, baritone.

Next month, CCM welcomes alumnus Jesse Blumberg, baritone (MM, ’03), and renowned collaborative pianist Martin Katz for FREE performances of Franz Schubert’s two great Lieder cycles!

Blumberg and Katz will perform Shubert’s Die schöne Müllerin at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 and Winterreise at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Both song cycles will be performed in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall and are open to the general public. Reservations are not required.

Below, watch Blumberg and Katz perform “Der Wegweiser” from Winterreise at the inaugural Collaborative Works Festival in Chicago.

This residency is made possible by support from the Jeannine Philippe Art Song Fund. Learn more about that fund’s namesake, CCM Professor Emeritus of Voice Jeannine Philippe, here.

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CCM’s Sandra Rivers Performs at Steinway Hall This Thursday

CCM's Steinways. Photography by Jay Yocis.

Photography by Jay Yocis.

Professor of Collaborative Piano Sandra Rivers continues CCM’s 2010-11 Steinway Hall Series of Concerts this Thursday, Dec. 9. Her program will include Beethoven’s Sonata Op.54 in F Major, Chopin’s Ballade in A-flat Major; Rachmaninoff’s Etudes Tableaux Op. 39 Nos. 8 and 9 and Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes. The concert is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Steinway Hall, 109 West 57th Street in New York City. The CCM Steinway Hall Series is open to the general public, but seating is limited. The next installment of this concert series will occur on Thursday, Jan. 13 and will feature Hitomi Koyama, a doctoral student of Elisabeth and Eugene Pridonoff.

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Graham Johnson Visits CCM for Residency in January

Next month, CCM’s Department of Collaborative Piano will host an exceptional residency by renowned international author, lecturer, collaborative pianist and recording artist Graham Johnson. CCM will present Johnson in public master classes on Jan. 7 and 8, 2011. Johnson will be joined by CCM students, presenting vocal works of both Franz Schubert and Gabriel Fauré. He will also hold a public lecture on that Friday evening devoted to Schubert’s life and vocal works.

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