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!

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Editions and Schedule Information for Conducting Mozart Participants

Check back periodically for updates, or email us with questions.

  • Scores to bring/prepare: Barenreiter vocal score; Dover full score

Daily schedule is as follows:

  • 9 – noon: Italian
  • lunch break
  • 1:00 – 3:00 – work session 1 (group setting with various assisting maestros/teachers)
  • 3:30 – 5:30 – work session 2 (group setting with various assisting maestros/teachers)
  • 7:00 – 10:00 – staging rehearsals with singers
  • you will start orchestra rehearsals at the end of week 2; Thursday and Friday

Figaro and Così casts announced for Conducting/Singing Mozart Opera 2012

Casts for our two operas this summer are as follows:

Susanna –  Sakinah Davis
Barbarina – Alexandra Kassouf
Countess – Amanda Woodbury
Cherubino – Adria Caffaro
Marcellina – Andrea Spencer
Figaro – Christopher Brandon Morales
Count – Cesar Mendez
Antonio/Bartolo – Will Tvrdik
Basilio/Curzio – Shawn Mlynek

Fiordiligi – Chabrelle Williams
Despina – Jesslyn Thomas
Dorabella – Adria Caffaro
Ferrando – Ian McEuen
Guglielmo – Cesar Mendez
Don Alfonso – Christopher Brandon Morales

Conducting Mozart Opera

Course: CONDUCTING MOZART OPERA: Le Nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte

Dates: July 23-August 11, 2012

Location: University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music



Mark Gibson, Director of Orchestral Studies, CCM

Arthur Fagen, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University


David Adams, CCM – Italian Language and Style

Ken Weiss, Washington National Opera – Coaching

Ben Smith, Director of Opera, Baldwin-Wallace University – Directing

Join us for a unique course, focusing exclusively on the challenging craft of opera conducting.  Up to 20 conductors and pianists will be invited to participate in this one-of-a-kind experience.  Working with an internationally renowned faculty, led by Mark Gibson, Director of Orchestral Studies at CCM and Arthur Fagen, internationally renowned opera conductor, students will have daily Italian instruction, text and style sessions and conducting and coaching masterclasses.  Students will also participate in staging rehearsals, work with singers and lead orchestra rehearsals, culminating in concert performances of excerpts from two of Mozart’s greatest works, performed either in the acoustically perfect Corbett Auditorium or all’aperto in the piazza of the CCM Village (weather permitting).

There will be two sessions, running concurrently:

July 23 – August 4                  Le Nozze di Figaro

July 30 – August 11                  Così fan tutte

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Email a cover letter and resume as PDF attachments, in addition to the items below, to

Conductors – video documentation (links via YouTube or Vimeo preferred)
Pianist/Coaches – audio documentation (link via YouSendIt preferred)

If you cannot send links to your audition materials, please submit a DVD or CD with your application fee.

Application fee ($40, check or wire transfer made payable to “University of Cincinnati”) to:

Conducting Mozart
CCM Summer Programs
Attn: Sara Danner Dukic, Manager
PO Box 210003
Cincinnati, OH  45221-0003


Contact the Office of the Treasurer for instructions and be sure to reference “Conducting Mozart” in the payment.

Telephone: 513.556.4510

No applications will be considered without payment of the application fee.

Tuition:                   Conductors – $3000/two weeks

Pianist/Coaches – $2000/two weeks

Deadline:                  Applications must be received by Monday, April 2nd, 2012.  All applicants will be notified by Monday, April 16th, of their status.  Half of the tuition fee will be due by Tuesday, May 1st in order to secure placement in the course.