Stay away

Current grad student here.

Stay away from CCM. The current Dean is a businessman. Nobody here learns to be a musician. They teach you to play the right notes at the right time, and to be a factory worker in a musical production line.

Do NOT go to CCM if you want to be a professional musician. Period.

Not sure what program you are in, but CCM does not have graduate students in MT. They only offer an undergrad BFA in MT, and it is an outstanding program run by an incredible faculty.

This Dean?

Peter E. Landgren
Title: Dean and Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music
Office: 4255C Emery Hall
Tel: 513-556-3737
Peter Landgren actively pursues a career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician, teacher, clinician and administrator. He began to play the horn at the age of eight and went on to study with three of the leading teachers of the instrument: Michael Hatfield, Dale Clevenger and Milan Yancich. Landgren became a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra when he was 21 years old before completing his undergraduate training at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Three years later he made his professional solo debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Joseph Silverstein. Landgren has performed with Summit Brass, the Melos Ensemble and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has also performed as Principal Horn with the Cincinnati, Houston and Columbus Symphony Orchestras.

In 1995, Landgren released his first solo recording, A Golden Horn, a collection of works from the Romantic Period for horn and piano with pianist Ann Schein. It is available on Elan Recordings. Landgren can also be heard on A Celebration of Song, the CD by Naumberg Competition finalist, soprano Hyunah Yu, on the NoRae label. Landgren’s latest release, Mozart Distilled, is a recording of the four Horn Concerti and Concert Rondo of Mozart in a new arrangement for horn and string quartet. The Atlantic String Quartet – all members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra – join Mr. Landgren on this Sonoris label recording. He can also be heard on some thirty recordings with the Houston, Cincinnati and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras.

Landgren began his tenure as Dean of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in September of 2011. During his initial appointment, Landgren secured the internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet as CCM’s string quartet-in-residence, initiated a number of collaborations with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (including the Cincinnati World Piano Competition and the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship program), partnered with faculty search committees to hire over 20 new full-time tenure-track faculty members, participated in the UC Provost’s Cluster-Hire initiative through the Digital Media Collaborative, oversaw the creation of CCM’s new electronic newsletter, enhanced the college’s community engagement efforts through key staff hires and grant support, and much more. He also refocused CCM’s vision and mission for the 21st century through the “ONECCM” initiative. In June of 2015, the UC Board of Trustees unanimously approved Landgren’s reappointment to a new seven-year term, extending his tenure at CCM through June 30, 2023.

Prior to his appointment at CCM, Landgren served as Conservatory Director at Baldwin-Wallace College from 2007 – 2011 after having spent the previous 29 years as a musician with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the past 26 years as a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. From 2005-2006, Landgren served the Peabody Institute as the Interim Director. He also led Peabody in an institute-wide Change Initiative from 2003-2005 that was responsible for examining the institute in a quest to increase Peabody’s preeminence amongst its peers. In the spring of 2003, Landgren received the Excellence in Teaching award from The Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, an award given to him at the Peabody Commencement. This was the second time Landgren had been awarded this honor as a Peabody faculty member.

While he was a CCM student, Landgren won the college’s concerto competition three times and regularly performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet.

This Dean?

Hopefully this link will work - it is a podcast of Dean Landgren and Kevin McCollum, CCM MT alum, current Distinguised Visiting Professor, AND producer of such shows as Rent, Avenue Q, In the Heights, Hand to God, and Something Rotten.

Well, there is something to be said for playing the right note at the right time. I know my college band director tended to get rather upset if you didn’t. :((