Demarre McGill, CCM's new Associate Professor of Flute. Photography by Denver Rispel.

Acclaimed Musician Demarre McGill Is Named Associate Professor of Flute at CCM

CCM Dean Stanley E. Romanstein has announced the appointment of Demarre McGill to the position of Associate Professor of Flute at CCM. McGill joined CCM’s faculty on a visiting basis in 2017. His new appointment will begin on Aug. 15, 2019.

Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and Sphinx Medal of Excellence, McGill is a leading soloist, recitalist, and chamber and orchestral musician.

Demarre McGill, CCM's new Associate Professor of Flute. Photography by Denver Rispel.

Photo by Denver Rispel.

At age 15, he appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony and he has since appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Seattle, Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Diego and Baltimore symphony orchestras. In 2018 he performed and presented master classes in South Africa, Korea and Japan. That same year, he was soloist with the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall and he performed with the Cathedral Choral Society at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC in a May 20thprogram entitled “Bernstein the Humanitarian.”

Now principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, McGill previously served as principal flute of the Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He recently served as acting principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and earlier with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

A founding member of The Myriad Trio, and former member of Chamber Music Society Two, McGill has participated in the Aspen, Santa Fe, Marlboro, Seattle and Stellenbosch chamber music festivals, to name a few. He is the co-founder of The Art of Élan and, along with clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Michael McHale, founded the McGill/McHale Trio in 2014. The trio’s first CD, Portraits, was released in August 2017 to rave reviews.

His media credits include appearances on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center, A&E Network’s The Gifted Ones and NBC’s Today Show and Nightly News. McGill also appeared on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood with his brother when they were teenagers.

A native of Chicago, McGill began studying the flute at age seven and attended the Merit School of Music. In the years that followed, he studied with Susan Levitin before leaving Chicago. He received his Bachelor’s degree from The Curtis Institute of Music and a Master’s degree at The Juilliard School.

Dean Romanstein thanked search committee members James Bunte (chair), Ron Aufmann, Mark Ostoich, Sandra Rivers and Heather Verbeck for their work on finding CCM’s new Associate Professor of Flute.

Please join us in congratulating Demarre McGill on his new appointment!

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CCM Faculty Member Heather Verbeck Honors Legacy of Jack Wellbaum in Concert

CCM Professor Heather Verbeck.

CCM Professor Heather Verbeck.

CCM faculty member Heather Verbeck commemorates the legacy of her former instructor, late CCM faculty member Jack Wellbaum, in a new work for piccolo and piano composed by internationally acclaimed flutist Timothy Hagen. Verbeck will perform the Cincinnati premier of In a Yellow Wood during her faculty artist recital on Thursday, September 28.

Wellbaum had a legendary Cincinnati presence as a musician, arts administrator and teacher. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Music in 1948 and began his tenure with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1950 as its principal piccolo player — a position he held for 38 years. Wellbaum also worked as the CSO’s personnel manager from 1972-1990.

Jack Wellbaum taught at CCM from 1960 until his retirement in 2008.

In 1960, after his alma mater merged with the Conservatory of Music to become the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Wellbaum began teaching flute and piccolo at CCM. He instituted a weekly piccolo class on Monday nights, which continued through his retirement in 2008. Wellbaum passed away in December 2011, at the age of 89.

Now Verbeck, who once sat in Wellbaum’s weekly piccolo class, proudly teaches it.

“Those who knew Jack Wellbaum understood him to be a straightforward man of great character and integrity, someone you could depend on for steadfast friendship and honest but gentle counsel,” Verbeck says.

“He was a treasured mentor and colleague to me and to many others. His piccolo playing, like his teaching style, was a thing of beauty — refined but uncomplicated. The successes of his many past pupils, who were inspired to play better and to work harder in his presence, stand as evidence of his profound influence.”

Wellbaum included his sage and succinct advice as commentary in Orchestral Excerpts for Piccolo, a resource of 36 common orchestral piccolo audition excerpts.

With the permission of Wellbaum’s family, Verbeck organized a consortium of 42 commissioners to raise the funds for In A Yellow Wood, composed by Timothy Hagen. The consortium includes Wellbaum’s former students, colleagues from his time at the CSO, piccolo makers and other professional musicians who recognize the contributions Wellbaum made to the arts world.

“Like many other professional flutists, I have found Jack Wellbaum’s Orchestral Excerpts for Piccolo to be an indispensable resource, full of generous wisdom,” wrote Hagen.

“In writing this piece, I have found myself inspired to be the best composer I could be and, more importantly, the best person I could be….I hope In a Yellow Wood brings joy to all those who play and hear it and keeps alive the legacy of Jack Wellbaum, a truly marvelous human being.”

In a Yellow Wood is a single-movement, 10-minute piece for piccolo and piano. Verbeck performed the piece at the National Flute Association’s Annual Convention in August. She will give the Cincinnati premier of the new work during her faculty artist recital at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28 in CCM’s Watson Recital Hall.

“This Commissioning Project was inspired by a desire to continue to celebrate the legacy of Jack Wellbaum,” Verbeck says. “Seeing this project come to fruition has been a career highlight for me. It is my hope to introduce future generations of piccolo players to Mr. Wellbaum through this new work.”

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CCM Presents Free Performances by World-Class Musicians in Fall 2017 Faculty Artist Series

Acclaimed faculty artists from the UC’s College-Conservatory of Music take center stage during nine diverse performances this fall! Running from Aug. 29 through Oct. 17, these programs highlight music from multiple genres, from classical styles to contemporary commercial music and beyond.

Each concert in CCM’s Faculty Artist Series is free and open to the general public, offering audiences the chance to hear recitals by internationally renowned artists in CCM’s stunning performance halls.

Please refer to the listings below for a complete schedule and additional performance information.


8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29
Jan Grüning, viola
Ran Dank, piano
J.S. BACH: Suite for Violoncello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 (arr. for Viola)
R. SCHUMANN: Liederkreis, Op. 39 (trans. Dank/Grüning)
P. HINDEMITH: Sonata for Viola and Piano in F Major, Op. 11, No. 4
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall

8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6
Commercial Music Production Faculty Concert
Please join the CMP faculty for an evening of original music and arrangements. CMP faculty members Kim Pensyl, Aaron Jacobs, John Taylor, Ric Hordinski, Brad Myers and others will be joined by CCM faculty members Rusty Burge and Rick VanMatre.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall

4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10
Soyeon Kate Lee, piano
SCHUMANN: Davidsbündlertänze, Op.6
SCHUMANN: Carnaval, Op. 9
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital

8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11
Mark Gibson and Marie-France Lefebvre, piano
RACHMANINOFF: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
BRAHMS: Sonata for Two Pianos in F Minor, Op. 34
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall

8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18
Daniel Weeks, tenor
Donna Loewy, piano
LISZT: Three Songs
FINZI: A Young Man’s Exhortation, Op. 14
BERGER: Villanescas (1941)
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall

8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20
Douglas Knehans, composer
Featuring Belinda Burge, viola; Paul York, cello; Mikey Arbulu, clarinet; Dror Biran, piano; and others
Works will include:
Spin-off, for clarinet and electronics
Red Silk, Black Water, for viola and electronics
Lumen, for cello and piano
Additional repertoire to be announced.
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall

8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25
Dror Biran, piano
SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata in G Major, D. 894
RACHMANINOFF: Prelude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32, No. 12
RACHMANINOFF: Prelude in G Minor. Op. 23, No. 5
PROKOFIEV: Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 83, No. 7
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall

8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28
Heather Verbeck, flute
Featuring Julie Spangler, piano; Elena Kholodova, piano;
Nina Perlove, flute; and William Brady Harrison, sound engineer
QUANTZ: Sonata in B Minor, No. 231
DEHNHARD: Wake Up! for Piccolo and Alarm Clock
HAGEN: In a Yellow Wood (2017)
COLEMAN: Legends
LARSON: Movin’ On
VELDHUIS: Lipstick
Location: Watson Recital Hall

8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17
CCM Faculty Jazztet
CCM’s world-famous jazz faculty artists show off their skills with a set of cool charts and blazing solos!
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall

Event Information
All events listed here take place in CCM Village on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise noted.

Admission to Faculty Artist Series performances is free and reservations are not required.

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 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

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