CCM Professor Emeritus Eiji Hashimoto.

In Memoriam: CCM Professor Emeritus Eiji Hashimoto

We are saddened to share news of the passing of CCM Professor Emeritus Eiji Hashimoto, Professor of Harpsichord and Harpsichordist-in-Residence at CCM from 1968 to 2001. Hashimoto passed away on Jan. 14, 2021, at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Hashimoto; his three children: Christine (Kirk) Merritt, Ken (Allison Dubinski) Hashimoto, and Erica Hashimoto; and five granddaughters: Katherine and Elizabeth Merritt, Scarlette and Sabina Hashimoto, and Naomi Hashimoto. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

An internationally renowned concert artist and scholar of baroque music, Hashimoto performed with critical acclaim throughout the United States and around the world. As a soloist, he dazzled audiences in more than 50 international tours and released numerous CDs. His own editions of 18th-century keyboard music remain highly regarded.

Born in Tokyo in 1931, Hashimoto began musical training as a child and graduated from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music with a major in organ in 1955. He came to the US under a Fulbright study grant to pursue graduate studies in musicology and composition at the University of Chicago (Master of Arts in 1959) and then in harpsichord at the Yale University School of Music (Master of Music in 1962) under Ralph Kirkpatrick.

Upon returning to Japan, Hashimoto taught at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo until he was invited by the French government to spend six months in France doing research in 1967. During his subsequent US tour, he performed in Cincinnati, which led to an invitation to teach at CCM beginning in 1968.

Hashimoto maintained an active performance and recording schedule throughout his 33-year long tenure at CCM. During this time he performed with many CCM ensembles, spent several summers conducting for CCM’s Opera Theatre of Lucca program in Italy, and also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and at the May Festival.

Hashimoto also formed CCM’s Ensemble for Eighteenth Century Music, recording with the ensemble and taking it on several tours, including to Japan in 1988, to Mexico in 1993, and to many cities across the US. The El Porvenir newspaper in Monterrey, Mexico, declared “They came, they played and they conquered” following Hashimoto’s November 1993 performance with CCM’s Ensemble for Eighteenth Century Music. In 2001, Hashimoto’s then-colleague (and now emeriti faculty member) Clare Callahan told the Cincinnati Enquirer, “Eiji is our Baroque touchstone … and his dedicated work with the Eighteenth Century Orchestra gave students and faculty alike a sense of the fun people had with music of that time.”

In 1978 and 1981, Hashimoto received the Prize of Excellence from the Japanese government for his recitals in Tokyo. In 1984, he received UC’s coveted Rieveschl Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Works. He was a recipient of the Ohio Arts Council’s solo artist grant, was also selected for the 1988-89 Arts Midwest Performing Arts Touring Program and was awarded the “Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels,” the highest honor awarded by the state of Kentucky for special achievements, by the governor of Kentucky in 1990. He was twice awarded research grants by the Rockefeller Foundation for scholarly residencies in Bellagio, Italy.

Please join us in sending your thoughts, prayers and condolences to Eiji’s family and friends. You can learn more about Eiji’s career by visiting Janelle Gelfand’s “Janelle’s Notes” blog. Tributes can be shared through the Neidhard-Young Funeral Home website. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Eiji influenced and inspired multiple generations of students, colleagues and music lovers during his three decades at CCM. He will be deeply missed.

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Study Baroque Music in CCM Summer Program for Harpsichord and Cello

Keyboardists and cellists are invited to apply for the Continuo: Harpsichord and Cello summer workshop at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music. Led by CCM Assistant Professor of Keyboard Michael Unger, the program runs June 5-7, 2017.

“This will be our third summer offering the Continuo: Harpsichord and Cello workshop,” Unger said. “I am excited that cello and harpsichord students have the great opportunity to collaborate with each other, to learn about continuo and chamber music techniques, and to experiment with Baroque performance practice questions through the hands-on study of eighteenth-century repertoire.”

Participants will study with Unger, who is a multiple award-winning harpsichordist and cellist, and visiting faculty member Adriana Contino, an internationally acclaimed cellist from Anderson University.

During the three-day program, students will participate in solo chamber music coachings, group performance classes on Baroque technique and interpretation, and seminars on Baroque performance practice and continuo technique. Students will also have opportunities to perform in recitals on June 6 and 7.

CCM’s 2017 Continuo: Harpsichord and Cello workshop is now accepting applications. The application deadline is April 15, 2017; enrollment for CCM Summer Programs is limited.

To learn more about the Continuo: Harpsichord and Cello workshop, please visit

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CCM Alumnus in France creates online harpsichord training method for beginners of all ages

As a Professor Emeritus of harpsichord at Paris’ Conservatory of the 18th precinct and Organist Emeritus at Saint-Jean de Montmartre Church, Frank Mento (MM Organ, 1974) has helped numerous students develop their skills and abilities in keyboard music. Now, the CCM alumnus has ventured into helping newcomers to the harpsichord get off to a strong start — regardless of whether they are six or 60 years old.

Frank Mento

Frank Mento

Mento, who studied at CCM under organ professor Wayne Fisher, has created a comprehensive online training method for the instrument that is meant as a surrogate for 10 years of training. The first nine volumes covering nine years are currently available for purchase. The tenth and final volume is expected to become available soon.

“I teach beginners having no previous musical knowledge by a method that [encompasses] education by the eye, ear, muscle, and drawing,” Mento stated of his pedagogical approach. “This is learning based on relative reading, singing, motor skills, and three-dimensional geometry transferred to two dimensions. It is a realistic and living approach. Pupils learn how to read music like a design or drawing.”

Part of his motivation came from observing and experimenting for the better part of 12 years in areas where accessible education on harpsichord is extremely limited due to economic, social and other factors. Students of any age receive training that ranges from learning the most commonly played notes to advanced improvisational techniques involving the variation of melodies, Baroque-style ornamentation and creating musical lines based upon basso continuo. For Mento, this improvisation is key to the success of his approach.

“A long time ago, in order to ornate and vary the music, musicians had a habit of inventing little melodies, which made the piece more joyous, expressive, and prettier,” Mento wrote. “This tradition of ornamentation and improvisation based on a melody died in the early 19th century as far as ‘classical’ music is concerned. Now, only Jazz musicians and musicians of traditional music practice it fluently.”

He also provides free downloadable copies of public domain scores from famed Renaissance and Baroque composers including Johann Sebastian Bach, Handel, William Byrd and others. These scores also feature notes on them that inform the musician to which volume of the method each is applicable. Owing to his stated desire for accessibility regardless of age, he readily encourages redistributing the scores to others to further his pedagogical goals.


Story by CCM graduate Kevin Norton (DMA Saxophone, 2015)

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Thanks to YOU For Making This Year’s MOVEABLE FEAST So Successful!

CCM's Moveable Feast benefit event returns on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

CCM’s Moveable Feast benefit event returns on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

To the sponsors, partners, Friends of CCM Members, volunteers, faculty members, student artists, staff, event attendees and everyone else responsible for making this year’s Moveable Feast such an overwhelming success: THANK YOU!

  • Check out Cincinnati Refined‘s coverage of the evening here.
  • Check out the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s coverage of the evening here.
  • Check out the News Record‘s coverage of the evening here.

It was a night to remember – thank you for sharing it with us!

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CCM’s Moveable Feast – Preview The Artistic Menu!

Planning on joining us this Friday for A Moveable Feast?” Tickets to this year’s event are moving fast, so don’t delay – get yours before they’re gone and experience an unforgettable evening of artistic and culinary delights!

Here’s your first look at this year’s artistic menu. Plan your own schedule of 20-minute samplings of student entertainment, along with Backstage tours, and much more before the big event!

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First timer? Follow one of our new Artistic Tracks! Newcomers and seasoned veterans alike can enjoy these pre-planned pathways through CCM Village. Learn more about this year’s Artistic Tracks by visiting

The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23. Tickets are available here.

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A Moveable Feast Returns to CCM Village on Jan. 23

Cincinnati’s premier fundraiser returns later on this month when CCM presents “A Moveable Feast!”

Hosted by the Friends of CCM volunteer organization, this unique benefit event showcases students from all corners of CCM in an evening of live entertainment and by-the-bite cuisine. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, and this year’s “Feast” celebrates the theme ONECCM and invites attendees to experience the performing and media arts institution’s UnCompromising Excellence.

A star-powered showcase of CCM’s world-class academic programs and state-of-the-art facilities, the fundraiser features samplings of artistic and culinary delights throughout CCM Village.

Guests can plan their own schedule of 20-minute samplings of student entertainment, including Jazz, Musical Theatre, Piano, Opera, Drama, Dance, Harpsichord and Saxophone, Choral and Orchestra performances, along with tours of CCM’s Electronic Media facilities, Lighting Design labs and other backstage areas. Back by popular demand, this year’s artistic menu also includes performances by CCM’s Steel Drum Band and artists-in-residence the Ariel Quartet.

New for 2015, A Moveable Feast will offer up suggested “Artistic Tracks” for patrons to follow throughout the evening. Newcomers and seasoned veterans alike can enjoy these pre-planned pathways through CCM Village. Learn more about this year’s Artistic Tracks by visiting

The evening’s program will begin in Corbett Auditorium with a prelude performance featuring the CCM Jazz Ensemble and will conclude with a performance of the fourth movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64, by the CCM Philharmonia.

Cocktails and dinner-by-the-bite provided by Jeff Thomas Catering will be served throughout the evening.

Event Time
6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23

CCM Village, University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to “Moveable Feast” are on sale now and can be purchased online at or over the telephone at 513-556-2100.

  • Host Tickets: $125 (ticket price includes valet parking)
  • Friends of CCM Member Tickets: $50
  • General Public Tickets: $75 (ticket price includes a Friends of CCM Membership)
  • Young Professional (40 and under) Tickets: $35
  • CCM Alumni Tickets: $35

Seating is limited. Event proceeds raised by the Friends of CCM, a group of 600 volunteers and an active board, support student scholarships for CCM’s “stars of tomorrow.”

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. 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

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CET Cincinnati Public Television Broadcasts Premiere of ‘Monteverdi From CCM’ on May 12

From left-to-right: Vivian Montgomery, harpsichord; vocalists: James Onstad, Derrell Acon and Xi Wang; Jennifer Roig-Francoli, Baroque violin; and Annalisa Pappano, viola da gamba. Photography by Dottie Stover.

From left-to-right: Vivian Montgomery, harpsichord; vocalists: James Onstad, Derrell Acon and Xi Wang; Jennifer Roig-Francoli, Baroque violin; and Annalisa Pappano, viola da gamba. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CET Cincinnati Public Television will premiere Monteverdi from CCM at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, on the CET Arts channel. This program is part of an exciting new collaboration between CCM and CET, which will bring CCM’s world-class performances to PBS viewers throughout the Greater Cincinnati viewing area.

You can read more about this collaboration here.

Monteverdi from CCM was shot on location in CCM Village in November of 2012. The performance features CCM’s Chamber Choir, Early Music faculty members, students and guest artists presenting highlights from Claudio Monteverdi’s Madrigals of Love and War and Selva Morale e Spirituale.

You can learn more about the November performance here.

Monteverdi from CCM is scheduled to air on the CET Arts channel during the following times:

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‘Music in Cincinnati’ Reviews CCM’s Monteverdi Project

Mary Ellyn Hutton provides a comprehensive review of CCM’s Nov. 28 Monteverdi Project concert for Music in Cincinnati, declaring that “early music is thriving at CCM.” You can read her full review here.

As previously reported, the Nov. 28 Monteverdi concert was recorded for future broadcast as part of an exciting new collaboration between CCM and CET, Cincinnati Public Television. Learn more about this collaboration here or read the News Records‘ coverage here.

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CCM Choral Series Presents Culmination of ‘Monteverdi Project’ on Nov. 28

From left-to-right: Vivian Montgomery, harpsichord; vocalists: James Onstad, Derrell Acon and Xi Wang; Jennifer Roig-Francoli, Baroque violin; and Annalisa Pappano, viola da gamba. Photography by Dottie Stover.

From left-to-right: Vivian Montgomery, harpsichord; vocalists: James Onstad, Derrell Acon and Xi Wang; Jennifer Roig-Francoli, Baroque violin; and Annalisa Pappano, viola da gamba. Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s Chamber Choir teams with Early Music faculty, students and guest artists for an evening featuring highlights from Claudio Monteverdi’s secular masterwork (Book 8: Madrigals of Love and War) and sacred collection (Selva Morale e Spirituale) beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28 in Corbett Auditorium.

The performance is the apex of CCM’s Monteverdi Project, made possible through a generous grant from the Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation. Directed by Earl Rivers, and featuring the CCM Chamber Choir, the Monterverdi Project has been coached by CCM Early Music Faculty members Vivian Montgomery, harpsichord, and Annalisa Pappano, gamba and lirone. Guest artist continuo members include Michael Leopold, theorbo; Elizabeth Motter, Baroque harp; Jennifer Roig-Francolí, Baroque violin; James Lambert, contrabass and gamba; Yaël Senamaud, Baroque violin; and Rodney Stucky, archlute and Baroque guitar.

This concert event will be recorded for future broadcast as part of an exciting new collaboration between CCM and CET, Cincinnati Public Television.

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