First Center of Excellence in Arts Awarded to University of Cincinnati Conservatory


COLUMBUS – In recognition of the impact of arts and culture in fueling job creation and business development, Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut and University of Cincinnati President Gregory H. Williams today announced that the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is Ohio's first Center of Excellence in Music and the Performing Arts.

The designation is part of the University System of Ohio's broader Cultural and Societal Transformation Centers of Excellence category which recognizes programs that, in significant and innovative ways, study factors that affect the human condition and community welfare and offer solutions leading to the greater social and economic prosperity of individuals and communities. CCM received its designation for both the international reputation earned by University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music graduates and for its commitment to supporting the development of a vibrant arts community in the local region.

"The dedication and investment made by University of Cincinnati faculty and staff have fostered a program that is directly related to the economic future of the region and also raises the quality of life of this community," Chancellor Fingerhut said. "We are honored to mark the impact that work has already made and to lend our voices in support of the program's continued growth."

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music has provided excellence in training musicians and performing artists for more than 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 States and 44 countries to develop their talents as artists in their chosen fields.

"The UC College-Conservatory of Music truly is a Center of Excellence," said President Gregory H. Williams. "With an impressive range of nearly 1,000 public performances each year, CCM represents the largest single source of performing arts events in the entire state of Ohio. These events range from solo recitals and children's preparatory programs to full-scale opera and musical theater performances, like the current production of 'Rent.'"

About the Centers of Excellence

Ohio's Centers of Excellence, as outlined in the state's 10-year "Strategic Plan for Higher Education", will position the University System of Ohio to be a magnet for talent and a leader in innovation and entrepreneurial activity. The Centers will accomplish this by developing distinct missions for each institution that are recognized by students, faculty and business leaders, while eliminating unnecessary competition for resources, students and faculty within the state. 

Ohio began announcing Centers of Excellence designations in October 2009. The first five designations are specific to Ohio's growth industries – Advanced Energy, Biomedicine and Health Care, Agriculture, Food Production and Bioproducts – technologies that cross-cut Ohio's growth industries such as Advanced Materials and Sensors, and Aerospace, Transportation and Logistics.
Today marks the fourth announcement in the Cultural and Societal Transformation category, which focuses on contributions to culture and society.


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