Music and Theatre Arts

University of Cincinnati

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University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) has provided excellence in training musicians and performing artists for over 130 years. In recent decades, the school has earned an international reputation as one of the world's leading conservatories of performing and media arts. CCM's vibrant programs, renowned faculty and state-of-the-art facilities attract students from every corner of the United State and from forty countries to develop their talents as artists in their chosen fields.

Driving Economic Advancement

State-of-the-art, place-based economic development points to quality of life as a crucial factor in attracting and retaining the labor force needed to draw new businesses and retain/grow existing businesses in the region. The arts, particularly the performing arts, are an essential component of that quality of life. The Cincinnati area has a well-regarded arts community, which produces a total annual economic impact of over $200 million for the greater Cincinnati economy. CCM is the foundation for the performing arts in greater Cincinnati and beyond. Their graduates and faculty are a part of every performing arts organization in the area and they help attract events with signifi cant economic impact in Southwestern Ohio as well.


  • Opera Department graduates have performed on the stages of the world's greatest opera companies including 25 with the Metropolitan Opera (New York), 10 with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, 15 with the San Francisco Opera, 4 with the Royal Opera (London), and 7 with La Scala (Italy).
  • Musical Theatre alumni appear in almost every major production on Broadway, in national tour companies, Las Vegas shows, and musical productions in cities throughout the country.
  • Conducting and performance alumni work with symphony orchestras from Cincinnati to Toledo, from Sioux City to Singapore, and the Air Force and Army Bands.


  • Create deeper ties to industry and community, and increase economic impact.
  • Establish bolder and more impactful international presence that will encourage investment in Southwestern Ohio.
  • Build scholarship endowment to $50M and college endowment to $100M


  • A US News and World Report survey found the CCM Opera department to be the 6th highest listed program in the U.S. The program in conducting was ranked 5th, the voice program 3rd and the composition program 9th in the U.S.
  • The Department of Musical Theatre is the oldest degree-granting program of its kind in the U.S. with over 700 applicants annually.
  • The Theatre Design and Production Department's graduate degrees have gained membership to the University/Resident Theatre Association, a highly selective group of theatre training programs that represent the highest professional standards of instruction.