Apply Now for CCM Saxophone Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships

Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships are available to qualified, graduate-level saxophone students interested in joining CCM’s Fall 2018 class. Applications are now open and will be considered until all awards have been offered.

CCM offers Master of Music in Saxophone, Master of Music in Jazz Studies with a major in Saxophone and Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone degrees. Scholarships include awards from partial to full tuition. Graduate Assistantships include full tuition plus a stipend.

Saxophone majors receive ample performance opportunities with CCM’s wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, saxophone quartets, jazz combos, symphonic orchestras, musical theatre orchestras and contemporary music ensembles.

For more information about CCM Saxophone studies, contact:

  • James Bunte, DMA; Head, Performance Studies Division and Associate Professor of Saxophone
    513-556-0825 |
  • Craig Bailey; Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone
    513-556-5797 |
  • Rick VanMatre; Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Saxophone
    513-559-1134 |

Applicants must demonstrate a high level of performance ability. For assistantships, teaching experience is desirable but not required.

CCM is now accepting applications for Fall 2018. Learn more at Scholarship and assistantship application review begins at CCM’s first on-site audition in January/February 2018. Applications will be considered until all awards have been offered.

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

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CCM presents 'Candide' Nov. 16-19, 2017, in Patricia Corbett Theater. Photo by Mark Lyons.

CCM Slideshows: ‘Candide’

Here is your sneak peek at CCM’s Mainstage Series production of Candide, presented in conjunction with the world-wide Leonard Bernstein at 100 centennial celebration. Conducted by Mark Gibson with stage direction by Emma Griffin, the opera opens at 8 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

Based on Voltaire’s biting satirical novella of the same name, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide follows a naïve young man as he searches for the meaning of life in a cruel and chaotic world. CCM’s innovative new production of Candide uses a mysterious, one-room set design that inspires the theatricality of the show.

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“CCM’s highly imaginative staging of this classic opera-musical is part of a long performance tradition of presenting Candide as a theatrically inventive show,” Griffin says. “In our production, we’ve given the performers a blank canvas with which to create a world of heightened theatricality and magical realism.”

Journey through Voltaire’s “best of all possible worlds” in CCM’s production of Candide, presented Nov. 16-19 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone 513-556-4183 or online at

(New York City Opera House Version)
By Leonard Bernstein
Book by Hugh Wheeler, after Voltaire
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche and Leonard Bernstein

By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Sole Agent for Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC, publisher and copyright owner.

Creative Team

  • Mark Gibson, conductor
  • Emma Griffin, director
  • Katie Johannigman, choreographer
  • Thomas C. Umfrid, scenic designer
  • Oliver Tidwell Littleton*, lighting designer
  • Edward Mineishi*, sound designer
  • Ann Marie White*, dialect coach
  • Reba Senske, costume designer
  • Lydia Brown, vocal coach
  • William R. Langley*, chorus master
  • Pauline Humbert*, stage manager

* CCM student

Cast List

  • Brandon Scott Russell# as Candide
  • Rob Stahley^ as Candide
  • Heidi Middendorf# as Cunegonde
  • Shannon Cochran^ as Cunegonde
  • Chelsea Duval-Major# as Old Lady
  • Karis Tucker^ as Old Lady
  • Schyler Vargas as Maximilian
  • Rebecca Printz as Paquette
  • De’ron McDaniel as Pangloss
  • Jacqueline Daaleman, Landon Hawkins, Nick Heffelfinger as Voltaire
  • Clay Edwards as Baron
  • Mia Athey as Baroness
  • Logan Wagner, Grant Peck as Bulgarian Soldiers
  • Breanna Flores, Elle Zambarano as Westphalian Soldiers
  • Michael Hyatt as High Inquisitor
  • Natalie Shepard as Auto-da-fe Victim
  • Chandler Johnson as Governor
  • Kseniia Polstiankina as Pianist
  • Amy Joy Stephens, Briana Moynihan as El Dorado Sheep
  • John Siarris as Prefect of Constantinople

^Denotes performers on Nov. 16 and 18
#Denotes performers on Nov. 17 and 19

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17
  • 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19

Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to Candide are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID.

Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

Customizable subscription packages are also available for CCM’s 2017-18 Mainstage Series.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at

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 more 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

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

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CCM Now Accepting Applications for Graduate Brass Quintet Fellowship

CCM Now Accepting Applications for Brass Quintet Fellowship

CCM is now accepting applications for its inaugural Graduate Brass Quintet. This prestigious Fellowship Program is open to highly qualified trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba players. Pre-formed Quintets are preferred but not required.

The members of CCM’s Graduate Brass Quintet Fellowship program will receive full tuition scholarship support and a graduate assistantship stipend of $8,000 per academic year. Fellows must be enrolled in a two-year Master of Music (MM) or Artist Diploma (AD) program at CCM.

Fellows will receive guidance from CCM’s illustrious faculty members including Phil Collins, Alan Siebert, Tim Anderson, Peter Norton and Tim Northcut, as well as guest artists like Alison Balsom, Warren Deck, the American Brass Quintet, the Army Band Brass Quintet and Harmonic Brass.

The Graduate Brass Quintet will coach undergraduate winds and brass chamber ensembles. The Quintet will give full recitals on campus and must attend one chamber music competition per year with available travel funding assistance.

Brass Studies at CCM connects students to a powerful network of nationally and internationally renowned teachers and performers. Our graduates draw on this network to begin their own careers as soloists, chamber musicians, teachers and players with major symphony orchestras and premier military bands.

Application Requirements
CCM is now accepting applications for Fall 2018. A complete application includes an online application, transcript(s), letters of recommendation, 500-word personal statement and a live interview at CCM. The application deadline is Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Learn more at

2018 Audition Dates at CCM

  • Pre-formed Quintets: Feb. 16-17
  • Trumpet: Feb. 16-17
  • Horn: Jan. 13 & 27
  • Trombone: Jan. 13 & 27, Feb. 17
  • Tuba: Feb. 16

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

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CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Featured in ‘Symphony’ Magazine

CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Program 2017 banner image featuring Diana Flores with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

CSO/CCM Diversity Fellow Diana Flores with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

The inaugural musicians in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/CCM Diversity Fellowship reflect on their first year in the program in a feature story published in the fall 2017 issue of Symphony, the quarterly magazine of the League of American Orchestras.

“This program is truly devoted to helping us get symphony jobs,” says fellow Maurice Todd. “They have given five people of color a chance to experience a professional orchestral setting where every member is approachable and willing to help.”

Titled “Pipeline to Inclusion” the full Symphony feature story is available to read online via issuu or you can click here for a PDF.

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Stay Warm in CCM Swag During Holiday Season


It’s time to show your CCM spirit and stock up on officially branded gear to keep you warm during the coming winter months! The CCM Tribunal is selling red-and-white baseball tees, black long-sleeved tees and cozy red hoodies, all emblazoned with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music emblem.

CCM’s holiday line of officially branded merchandise is available online:

CCM’s holiday line of officially branded merchandise is available online:

The proceeds from the holiday merchandise sale go toward the CCM Tribunal, which uses its funds to sponsor projects that support students. CCM Tribunal has recently provided funding for the undergraduate opera, master classes and music stands in Memorial Hall practice rooms.

The fundraiser is going on now through Dec. 7, so be sure to pick up your new CCM swag and support CCM Tribunal’s programs and initiatives while you still can!

CCM holiday merchandise is available for purchase online at

About CCM Tribunal
CCM Tribunal is the undergraduate Student Government at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The Tribunal is comprised of students from every department within CCM.  The organization’s mission is to provide support for CCM students by sponsoring projects that would otherwise not come to fruition. In addition, CCM Tribunal hosts school-wide social events throughout the year, provides concessions for CCM’s Mainstage Series productions, holds fundraisers for community engagement programs like WhizKids and participates in UC’s Relay for Life.

You can learn more about the CCM Tribunal by visiting
Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM Alumni Create Music Score for New Feature Film ‘Novitiate’

There is a gap for potential leaders in curating classical music for the film industry, says CCM Composition alumnus Tyler Bradley Walker (DMA 2010), who recently served as music supervisor for feature film Novitiate. Walker is striving to fill that gap and enlisted the help of fellow CCM Composition alumnus Christopher Stark (MM 2007) to score the music-heavy feature film.

Novitiate, which debuted nationally on Nov. 10, is about a 17-year-old girl who trains to become a nun as the Roman Catholic Church undergoes radical changes in the early 1960s. Maggie Betts directs the film, which stars Melissa Leo, Dennis O’Hare, Dianna Agron and Margaret Qualley.

Walker says it was a huge honor to work with Betts on this almost entirely female-driven film project. Following the director’s vision for the film, Walker used art songs by composers Gabriel Fauré, Arvo Pärt and John Tavener. He studied the script and provided multiple musical options to pair with specific scenes — collecting around 150 options of art music.

“For me, using art music extensively as source material is exciting and underutilized in film,” Walker says. “Stanley Kubrick understood this to great effect but it has never entirely caught on. Thus, it was exciting to learn how Maggie was envisioning the film through a multitude of art songs and how we could incorporate them tonally.”

There are about 14 classical pieces used as source music in the movie, in addition to Tennessee Waltz by Patti Page. Walker hired Stark to write the score and maintain a cohesive musical tone throughout the film.

“The overall tone of the score, for me, is one of spiritual introspection — regardless of how one defines spiritual,” Stark says. “The movie is very carefully constructed and methodically paced so that the audience has time to self-reflect. The music really tries to help create this atmosphere.”

Stark studied the techniques of Pärt and Tavener and composed themes that used their ideas infused with his own personal style.

“The director had very specific emotions in mind for the particular scenes and characters,” Stark says. “For example, early in the film, when the young nun is falling in love with God, [Betts] asked me to create music with a sweet, child-like, yet romantic feeling — almost like how someone feels when they fall in love in high school.”

A 2017 recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, Stark regularly composes contemporary classical music for concerts. He recently returned to CCM for a guest artist recital with New Morse Code, which performed one of Stark’s works. Novitiate marks his first foray into film.

“Film music has to enhance the dialogue and imagery on the screen, so it’s supplemental by nature — you aren’t solely responsible for the audience’s attention,” Stark says. “With concert music, you have to provide all of the drama and interest, so the music is more involved and, hopefully, attention-grabbing.”

Walker began working in the music industry shortly after he graduated and was able to “cut his teeth” in all aspects of recording engineering and production. He is a “musical sommelier” who credits his studies and experiences for giving him an objectively extensive palette of musical knowledge, which is a huge advantage in the film industry, he says.

Walker and Stark work as part of Maven Music Supervision, a creative resource focused on curating, selecting, licensing and clearing music for film, television, video games and other visual media. They first met as students at CCM.

“Tyler was one of the first people I met when I started at CCM, and we have remained really close friends ever since,” Stark says. “We both really love listening to music and watching films, and we are constantly texting about what we are watching and listening to — along with our other buddy from CCM, Matt Heim.”

Walker remembers enjoying classes taught by Robert Zierolf, who served as the head of CCM Composition, Music history and Theory and as dean of the UC Graduate School before his retirement in 2014. Since graduating, Stark has remained close with CCM Composition Professor Michael Fiday.

“I have always admired him as a composer and he was such a supportive and thoughtful teacher while I was a student at CCM,” Stark says.

“Both Tyler and I learned so much music and technique while we were students at CCM, and we’ve been able to use those skills to do really varied and interesting things since graduating.”

Hear their work in Novitiate, released by Sony Pictures ClassicsTM, now playing in theaters nation-wide. Learn more about the film at

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Fine Arts Electives

CCM Spring Electives Bring Arts Experiences to All

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) offers more than 60 different general studies and fine arts elective courses during the spring 2018 semester. These credit-granting courses are open to all UC students and cover a wide range of topics from dance to music, media and theatre arts.

Learn the basics of modern dance and ballet or master the hip-hop moves seen in your favorite music videos in classes designed for beginners or experienced dancers. Watch classic Hollywood films, analyze the development of American TV sitcoms and take a closer look at how entertainment culture is created and consumed in media classes.

CCM’s music appreciation courses cover genres from Japanese pop and video game music to rock ‘n’ roll, including the music of The Beatles and Pink Floyd. New classes offered this spring explore the music of Prince, Woodstock or local music in your communities.

You can also turn your laptop into a musical instrument, or learn to play the piano or guitar with hands-on music performance classes. Theatre arts classes allow students to learn the craft of acting, study script analysis or discover the art of stage and make-up design in introductory courses.

Online and on-campus arts courses are just a click away! Visit for a full listing of the spring 2018 fine arts course listings.

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