Program Spotlight: Organ Studies at CCM

Named one of the nation’s leading conservatories by the New York Times, CCM offers an Organ Studies program that blends past traditions with contemporary training for professional musicians of the 21st century. Undergraduate and graduate curricula includes studies in organ literature, sacred music and choral/instrumental ensembles. Applications are still open to join CCM’s Fall 2018 class!

A photo of the Noack Organ Company’s Opus 144 (2003) at Lakeside Presbyterian Church. Photo by David Ziser.

CCM students have access to organs in the community, including Noack Organ Company’s Opus 144 (2003) at Lakeside Presbyterian Church. Photo by David Ziser.

Incoming graduate-level applicants are eligible to receive financial aid through the Strader Organ Scholarship Competition and Graduate Assistantships. Sacred Music Internships are also available in Cincinnati-area churches.

CCM Organ Studies majors study with acclaimed faculty, including Michael Unger, Stephan Casurella, John Deaver and Roberta Gary. At CCM, students have access to 200 pianos; a fortepiano; a clavichord; eight harpsichords by Dowd, Martin and Wolf; and studio pipe organs by Juget-Sinclair, Wilhelm and C.B. Fisk.

Students can also access diverse pipe organs in the Cincinnati region, including instruments by Noack Organ Company, Taylor and Boody, E.M. Skinner, Karl Wilhelm and C.B. Fisk. New organ installations include C.B. Fisk Opus 148 (2018); Richards, Fowkes and Company Opus 24 (2019); and Paul Fritts and Company Opus 43 (2019).

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 and Cincinnati Ballet, as well as numerous community music ensembles and cultural museums.

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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'Maria Stuarda' crown illustration by DAAP student Marcus McDowell.

CCM’s Opera d’arte Series Presents Tragic Tale ‘Maria Stuarda,’ March 11-13

'Maria Stuarda' crown illustration by DAAP student Marcus McDowell.

‘Maria Stuarda’ crown illustration by DAAP student Marcus McDowell.

CCM’s acclaimed Opera d’arte series returns this week with a new production of Gaetano Donizetti’s tragic Maria Stuarda, which runs March 11-13 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. The opera, which showcases the talent of CCM’s undergraduate performers, features music direction by Associate Professor of Ensembles and Conducting Brett Scott and stage direction by Assistant Professor of Voice Amy Johnson. Admission to this production is free, but reservations are required through the CCM Box Office.

In this dramatic adaptation of Friedrich Schiller’s play Maria Stuart, Donizetti and librettist Giuseppe Bardari tell a fictional tale of the rivalry between Queen Elizabeth of England and Mary, Queen of Scots. Seeking refuge in England after her kingdom is overthrown, Mary finds herself imprisoned by her calculating cousin, Queen Elizabeth, who fears Mary’s claims to the English throne. Jealous beyond reason, Elizabeth fears the foreign queen has stolen the heart of her beloved Roberto, Earl of Leicester.

Fighting for her life, Mary implores Roberto for an audience with Elizabeth to plead her innocence. Blinded by her insecurities, Elizabeth is only further enraged by Roberto’s advocacy on Mary’s behalf. In a tragic conclusion, Elizabeth is tasked with granting or denying mercy for the defenseless Mary.

CCM Opera d'art anniversary logo.“The Department of Voice Performance has an exceptional talent pool this year,” says director Amy Johnson. “This opera was chosen to suit our students’ needs and our pedagogical goals. The production will teach our cast about bel canto style and performance practice.”

Professor of Voice Kenneth Shaw serves as producer for this opera and has guided the Opera d’arte Series for many years. He is particularly excited about the program’s collaboration with UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) and Professor Brian Schumacher, as well as with CCM’s Department of Theatre Design and Production. “Our student-designed set reflects our collaborators’ expertise and standard of excellence,” he says.

Maria Stuarda is by far the most advanced project we’ve tackled to date,” says Shaw, “and it is a testament to the quality of our students that we are able to produce this opera and even double cast it with undergraduate singers.”

CCM is proud to present this classic tale of a fight for love, life and country.

Principal Cast for March 11 and 13

  • Sarah Vautour as Maria Stuarda
  • Elizabeth Gorrie as Elizabeth I
  • Stephanie Rampton as Anne Kennedy
  • John Humphrey as the Earl of Leicester*
  • Daniel Illig as Lord Cecil
  • Bernard Khalil as Talbot

Principal Cast for March 12

  • Madeline Jentsch as Maria Stuarda
  • Page Michels as Elizabeth I
  • Brianna Bragg as Anne Kennedy
  • TJ Capobianco as the Earl of Leicester*
  • Olusola Fadiran as Lord Cecil
  • Tyler Resto as Talbot


  • Christina Bilz
  • Sophie Blatt
  • Dara Brown
  • Desiree Dawson
  • Clayton Edwards
  • Rebecca Finkelshteyn
  • Charlotte Green
  • Grant Jackson
  • Mackenzie Jacquemin
  • Vidita Kannikeswaran
  • Shannon Keegan
  • Jake Kolesar
  • Sam Krausz
  • Hayley Maloney
  • Maria Miller
  • Gregory Miller
  • Holly Reckers
  • Jared Slothower
  • Elena Villalon

* denotes masters student

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 11
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 12
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13

Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Please contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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 new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit


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

Community Partner: ArtsWave


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CCM Presents Free Performances of Ravel’s ‘L’enfant et les Sortilèges’ Feb. 21-23

LEnfantSortilegesThe University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s award-winning undergraduate opera series (also known as “CCM Opera d’arte”) presents Maurice Ravel’s one-act opera L’Enfant et les Sortilèges from Feb. 21-23 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

The title of Ravel’s second opera, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges: Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties translates to The Child and the Spells: A Lyric Fantasy in Two Parts. The opera tells the story of a young boy who, after being scolded by his mother, throws a destructive tantrum in his room. He is then surprised to watch the furniture and decorations become plants and animals that begin to talk. The child is left to fend for himself in a garden of creatures that remember the harm he inflicted on them before they could speak. It is a fantastical voyage for the whole family that not only showcases vast imagination, but also reminds us of the consequences our actions can have.

Directed by CCM Professor of Voice Kenneth Shaw and CCM Assistant Professor of Voice Amy Johnson with music direction by Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Conducting Brett Scott, L’Enfant et les Sortileges is being produced in collaboration with UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP). This collaboration between CCM and DAAP grew largely from student interest, according to Shaw

“We met, developed ideas and then called on students to submit designs for sets and costumes. We selected aspects from three submissions and distilled the project into a Co-Op for DAAP position, filled by student Katie Iles,” Shaw explains. “The production presents the title role of the Child as a young, budding artist, so his paintings come to life, along with other inanimate objects. It’s just another dramatic device that seems to work well for this piece.

“Because each role, except for The Child, is brief,” Shaw continues, “our students can concentrate on their work and focus their energies more efficiently on singing well, acting with specificity and going beyond the normal human range of emotions into the world of the surreal.”

This production promises to bring light and warmth to an otherwise very chilly winter. Join Opera d’arte for a delightful escape!

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UC is Highlighted Among the Nation’s Best Colleges

The Princeton Review SealFor the seventh year in a row, the University of Cincinnati is praised as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features UC in the new 2014 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 378 Colleges.”

The Princeton Review’s surveys named CCM, along with UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) and College of Engineering (CEAS), as particular stand outs!

Only about 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book which is The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranked lists of the top 20 schools in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 126,000 students attending the colleges.

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CCM Undergraduate Opera Series Presents New Take on Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

CCM Professor of Voice Kenneth Shaw.

CCM Professor of Voice Kenneth Shaw.

CCM’s Opera d’arte Series proudly presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s timeless opera buffa Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) from Feb. 22-24 in UC’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Under the guidance of conductor Brett Scott and stage director Kenneth Shaw, talented undergraduate opera students will present this favorite of the classical opera repertoire with a unique 1960s-inspired aesthetic. Tickets to this production are free and become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 18. Reservations are required.

Mozart wrote this comic opera in Vienna in 1786, basing the work on a play by the French writer Pierre Beaumarchais. “Figaro was the first collaboration between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo da Ponte,“ Shaw explains, “and for their source material they chose Beaumarchais’ controversial La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro (The Mad Day, or The Marriage of Figaro), the second part of a trilogy that began with Le Barbier de Séville (later the basis for the Rossini opera of the same name). Figaro the play was censored in Beaumarchais’ native France over concerns about its ‘subversive’ plot, which depicts the efforts of a Spanish nobleman, Count Almaviva, to seduce Suzanne, a beautiful young servant of his wife, only to be thwarted and humiliated by his wife, the Countess Rosina, working in concert with the Count’s servant, Figaro, who is also Suzanne’s fiancée.”

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UC Celebrates World Voice Day With Screenings & Educational Event at Music Hall

To recognize World Voice Day 2012, the UC Health Performance & Professional Voice Center is partnering with the Cincinnati Opera to hold an educational event for the region’s professional and occupational voice users at Cincinnati’s Music Hall.

The free event, held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14, will engage Cincinnati’s voice community in a discussion about voice care and health. During the day, specialists from UC Health, CCM and Cincinnati Opera will discuss the mechanics of voice production, the basics of voice care and the latest findings in scientific research into the voice. The session will also feature a performer from the Cincinnati Opera.

To register for this free event, call or email Angie Keith by Wednesday, April 11, at 513-475-TALK or Please include your name, address, phone number and email when registering.

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CCM’s Undergraduate Voice Students Shine in ‘Serse’

One of Handel’s most performed operas comes to life at the hands of talented undergraduate students when CCM presents the annual Opera d’arte production on March 30 and 31 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free but reservations are required.

The CCM Undergraduate Opera program’s 2010 and 2011 productions were both recognized by the National Opera Association‘s Annual Production Competition. The 2012 production of Serse is conducted by Brett Scott with stage direction by Kenneth Shaw.

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CCM Offers New Undergraduate Major in Commercial Music Production

CCM is now accepting applications for an innovative new bachelor of music degree in Commercial Music Production (CMP) that will be offered beginning fall semester 2012. This unique program combines core training in music theory, composition, arranging and musicianship with recording studio techniques, commercial music, songwriting, film scoring and media technologies.

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CCM Wins Big in National Opera Association’s Annual Production Competition

CCM's Spring 2011 Mainstage Production of Poulenc's 'Dialogues of the Carmelites.' Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM's Spring 2011 Mainstage Production of Poulenc's 'Dialogues of the Carmelites.' Photography by Mark Lyons.

The National Opera Association has announced the results of its annual Opera Production Competition and CCM’s 2010-11 Mainstage, Studio and Undergraduate Series of Operas have again received some of the competition’s highest honors.

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“The Cunning Little Vixen” Gives Undergraduate Opera Students a Chance to Shine

CCM Undergraduate Opera students gain experience in Janáček’s reflective opera The Cunning Little Vixen, playing at 8 p.m. in the Cohen Family Studio Theater on April 1 & 2. The opera, which was adapted from a daily newspaper comic strip, is an anthropomorphic fable that jumps from the human to the animal world. In the human realm, the protagonists fret about loneliness and isolation, lost youth and old age. Janáček uses the animals to pay homage to the amazing beauty and power of nature and marvel at the natural cycle of birth, love and death.

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