The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a performing and media arts college of the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.[3] Initially established as the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1867, CCM is one of the oldest continually operating conservatories in the US.[4]


The Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music was formed in August 1955 from the merger of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, formed in 1867 as part of a girls' finishing school, and the College of Music of Cincinnati, which opened in 1878. CCM was incorporated into the University of Cincinnati on August 1, 1962. The college is sometimes still called the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music by various publications such as Playbills and performer biographies.

CCM has an enrollment of about 1,430, with a relatively even number of undergraduate and graduate students.[5] It is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in Ohio, with nearly one thousand performances each academic year. Most performances are free to University of Cincinnati students and CCM now offers both a music minor and a media production minor.[6] CCM also offers a wide variety of arts elective courses that are open to all University of Cincinnati students.[7]



CCM offers postgraduate, graduate and undergraduate degrees in music, along with an academic minor.[8] Doctor of Musical Arts degrees are offered in all performance, conducting, and academic areas (except classical guitar and jazz studies) including Ph.D. programs in musicology, music history and music theory. Advanced degrees called Artist Diplomas are available in most performance areas as well. Master of Music degrees are available in all those programs, including classical guitar and jazz studies, as well as collaborative piano and music education. All undergraduate music programs are performance-based and attain a Bachelor of Music degree. A music BA is offered.[9]

Musical Theater[edit]

The musical theater program at CCM is the oldest bachelor's degree program in the U.S., the most selective program at the University of Cincinnati, and is one of the nation's top programs.[10] According to Playbill, CCM is represented on Broadway the second-most of any institution during the 2017–2018 season.[11] When the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of the musical theater program's annual senior showcase in New York City, CCM became the first program in the nation to produce a "virtual senior showcase" for casting agents and industry professionals.[12]


CCM Opera and vocal studies ranked second in the United States in 2017.[13] The Masters program focuses on stage experience, vocal technique, coaching and academic musicality. Masters students and recent alumni are represented in the nation's top young artist programs, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera and Opera Theater Saint Louis. Each March, CCM holds the Corbett Competition, a vocal competition eligible to students in CCM's graduate opera program, featuring five prizes including full-tuition scholarships plus $10,000 to $15,000 in cash prizes. A highlight is the annual undergraduate opera, which is performed double-cast with orchestra, lights, sets and costumes.

Acting for Stage and Screen[edit]

CCM offers a BFA in acting designed to train students for the dramatic theater as well as for work in film and television.[14] While the majority of programs related to the school's theater departments are undergraduate, a number of Master of Fine Arts degree tracks are offered in theater design and production.[15] In 2015, The Hollywood Reporter named CCM number 12 on its list of the top 25 undergraduate drama schools in the world.[16]

Theater Design and Production (TDP)[edit]

CCM TDP is one of two schools in the country to offer an MFA program in Makeup and Wig Design, and one of very few to offer an MFA in Stage Properties. Featuring an 8,500 square foot scene shop, 3,000 square foot costume shop, and wig, make-up and prosthetics studios it is one of the best schools for hands-on training and learning. CCM TDP offers 13 different degrees all with hands-on training for each discipline. Alumni have gone on to work with Feld Entertainment, Hamilton, Cirque Du Soleil, and many other notable companies.


Dance study at CCM emphasizes ballet. The department offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance.

Arts Administration[edit]

CCM offers both an MA in Arts Administration and a dual MBA/MA in Arts Administration in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati's Carl H. Lindner College of Business. The program is focused on preparing students to lead and manage arts organizations.

Media Production[edit]

The largest and fastest growing program at CCM is media production (formerly known as "electronic media").[17] The program offers a general Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in media production, as well as an academic minor.[18] The program uses a track-based curriculum with tracks in Film and Television Production, Broadcast Media Production and Multimedia Production with focus areas in web-site design, audio production and sports media. The curriculum in each track shares a common first year experience for all students. It requires two semesters of internships, a year-long capstone, and 18 credits in a minor or certificate program in addition to general education foundation from classes across campus. Media Production student organizations include a student radio station and student-run campus television station. Media Production alumni are heavily involved in the college's "CCM Onstage Online" performance broadcast series and "School, Stage and Screen" podcast series.[19]


Converted from a dormitory in 1996, Memorial Hall now houses many of CCM's practice rooms and teaching studios.

CCM Village[edit]

Completed in 1999, CCM Village was built at an overall cost of $93.2 million. Under the supervision of Henry Cobb, of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, renovated structures were merged with new buildings, creating four overall centers: Mary Emery Hall, the Corbett Center for the Performing Arts, Memorial Hall, and the Dieterle Vocal Arts Center.[citation needed]

Media Production facilities[edit]

On-campus media production facilities include The Walter and Marilyn Bartlett Television Studio, The Ralph J. Corbett Audio Production Center, The Jack and Joan Strader Radio Center, The Avid Media Composer/Adobe Creative Suite 4K Postproduction Lab, and The Judith and Jim Van Cleave Multimedia Laboratory.[citation needed]

Nippert Rehearsal Studio[edit]

The Nippert Rehearsal Studio, named for Louise Dieterle Nippert, was originally the site of the University of Cincinnati gymnasium and main basketball court from 1911 until 1951. Its windows overlook Nippert Stadium. Now, the space primarily acts as the main rehearsal hall for all of CCM's mainstage productions.[citation needed]

Performance Halls[edit]

In 2017, the five main performance halls participated in a ~$15M renovation.[20] These include: Corbett Auditorium,[21] Patricia Corbett Theater,[22] Robert J. Werner Recital Hall,[23] Watson Recital Hall,[24] and Cohen Family Studio Theater.[25]


Multiple departments at CCM have ranked nationally among university programs for a graduate music degree, including its opera/voice program, its conducting program, French horn, music composition and drama programs.[26] CCM holds the #2 spot on Playbill's list of "10 Most Represented Colleges on Broadway," behind New York University.[27] In 2011, CCM was recognized as Ohio's first and only Center of Excellence in Music and Theatre Arts by the Ohio Board of Regents.[28] In 2019, CCM's Jazz Studies program was named the inaugural college affiliate of Jazz at Lincoln Center, which allowed nearly two dozen students and faculty members to accompany Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on an international residency in São Paulo, Brazil, from June 22–30, 2019.[29] More recently, Backstage Magazine included CCM in its list of "12 College Vocal Programs You Should Know" and the College Gazette ranked the school 2nd in its list of the top ten performing arts universities in the US.[30][31]

Noted faculty[edit]

Noted alumni[edit]


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