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CCM Announces 2015 Schedule of Summer Programs, Educational Workshops and Special Events


CCM will offer a variety of educational workshops for both emerging artists and music educators in the summer of 2015, along with additional intensives and special events throughout the year.

Students can participate in programs centered on piano and opera performance, wind and orchestral conducting, film scoring, audio production, music education and more. Applications are now being accepted for all programs.

Please see below for a complete schedule of interactive workshop opportunities and special events. Learn more by visiting




Director: CCM Director of Wind Studies Glenn Price
February 12 – 14

Participants will concentrate on developing the skill of leading clearly and with artistic depth, while providing educational experiences that are stimulating and fulfilling for young students, pre-professional and professional performers alike.

Class sessions cover topics such as baton technique, score study and…

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CCM Presents a Joint Recital by Faculty Artists and Naumburg Gold Medalists Soyeon Kate Lee and Awadagin Pratt on Oct. 11


CCM faculty artists Soyeon Kate Lee and Awadagin Pratt. Photo by Andrew Higley. CCM faculty artists Soyeon Kate Lee and Awadagin Pratt. Photo by Andrew Higley.

CCM proudly presents a one-of-a-kind joint piano recital featuring faculty artists and Naumburg International Piano Competition Gold Medalists Soyeon Kate Lee and Awadagin Pratt at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. The performance will also serve as the CCM debut for Lee, who joined the faculty in August as an Assistant Professor of Music in Piano.

In existence since 1926, the Naumburg Competition is one of the most distinguished competitions in the world. Lee took first prize in 2010. Pratt, an Artist-in-Residence, Professor of Piano and Chair of the Department of Piano at CCM, took the first prize in 1992.

CCM’s Naumburg Gold Medalists Piano Recital will provide a rare chance for piano lovers to hear two Naumburg Gold Medalists perform together in the stunning Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. Lee and Pratt will present a…

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Changes Ahead

Our partner, Cincinnati World Piano Competition, has some very exciting changes in store!

Cincinnati World Piano Competition

We have exciting news to share: the World Piano Competition will now be known as the Cincinnati World Piano Competition. The Artist division will now happen once every three years (competition to be held in 2015). Young Artist and Amateur competitions will be held between Artist Division competitions. This article by Janelle Gelfand at the Cincinnati Enquirer has more details.

Next year’s competition will be structured very differently.”

– Mark Ernster, Executive Director

There is so much more in store for the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, stay tuned!

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Organ & Sacred Music Workshop Coming this October!


Organ & Sacred Music Cincinnati
photo courtesy of Covenant-First Presbyterian Church’s Facebook page

This October, you can experience organ and sacred music with some of today’s best known sacred music specialists. Michael Unger has curated a two-day organ intensive that will feature two additional renowned organists as well as showcase Cincinnati’s most beautiful religious institutions and their organs.

Spend the first day of the workshop with James E. Bobb, who has had a career in leading church music ministries. Most recently, he was the Minister of Music at First Congregational Church in Columbus, Ohio and previously he served as Director of Music for the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word in Rochester, New York. He has taught at the Eastman School of Music and at Nazareth College.

On the second day, Stephen Cleobury will lead a master class for workshop participants. He has conducted for the BBC Singers and the Cambridge University Musical Society but is most notably known for his position as Director of Music for the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.

Interested in Participating?

The workshop is open to anyone wishing to expand their experience with organ and sacred music. Participation is limited to the first 20 registrants and the cost is $160. If you wish to play in the Stephen Cleobury master class, be prepared to upload an audition file when you register.

Register Now!

Still have questions? Visit our website or email us.


CCM and the ‘La Calisto’ Connection


Cincinnati Opera’s season continues this week with a production of Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto (July 17 – 27), a Baroque opera that has a long history with CCM.

Cincinnati Opera’s current production features a number of CCM alumni in the cast, including Michael Maniaci (BM, 1999) as Endymion, Nathan Stark (AD, 2009) as Sylvano and Andrew Garland (MM, 2002; AD, 2004) as Mercurio.

La Calisto drew limited audiences during its initial run of 11 performances in 1651. The long-forgotten opera was resurrected by British conductor Raymond Leppard at the 1970 Glyndebourne Festival. CCM actually mounted the American premiere of La Calisto in April of 1972, with a production conducted by Carmon DeLeone with stage direction by the Metropolitan Opera’s Henry Butler.

That production’s cast featured Barbara Daniels, Leigh Dodson, Tom Fox, Brad Liebl, Don Ronci and Nancy Stelling, amongst others. Photos from that 1972 production are featured in the slideshow above!

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Let the piano festivities begin!

art of the piano

Piano music has always been something I could listen to for hours. This is fortunate for me because next week is the start of three straight weeks of piano events here at CCM! We kick things off with the World Piano Competition and continue the fun with our Art of the Piano workshop and concert series.

Here’s a rundown: The World Piano Competition features up and coming pianists from all over the world competing for a gold medal and prizes such as money and a New York debut recital. Last year’s winner was Marianna Prjevalskaya, who played Brahms’ Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 for her finals performance.  The 5 member jury for the World Piano Competition has been hand-selected by Awadagin Pratt, CCM Professor and Chair of the Piano department, and includes Frederic Chiu, Hee Sung Joo, Yoshikazu Nagai, Ursula Oppens, and Andrey Pisarev.

Art of the Piano is a two week intensive for piano students, giving them the opportunity to study with world-renowned pianists, including World Piano Competition jury members. The workshop features public performances of guest faculty as well as the students – giving competition audiences the chance to see jury members and possibly future WPC competitors perform! Giving young pianists the chance to learn from the best is a direct result of our close partnership with the World Piano Competition.


World Piano Competition public performances start Monday, June 23 and conclude with the finals performance on Saturday, June  28. Buy tickets for WPC events. 

Art of the Piano performances include both ticketed and free performances throughout the course of the workshop. Find out more.


Film Scoring Institute Week 1 Recap

The Film Scoring Institute wraps up this week and it was a great kick-off workshop for the summer! Students spent this week refining their compositions and today all their work is paying off: they are in the recording studio with CCM orchestral students. By tomorrow each student will have a live recording of their composition for their portfolio…an amazing end to a wonderful workshop.