Get to know CCM’s newest faculty/staff members and unit heads

CCM welcomes new faculty and staff, along with current faculty to new leadership roles, for 2024-25

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music will welcome a variety of new faculty and staff members to its roster of distinguished performing and media arts experts, researchers and educators this fall.

The following new appointments have been announced as of July 24, 2024. We will announce additional appointments throughout the summer.

New Dean

Environmental portrait of Peter Jutras in Ramsey Concert Hall.

CCM will welcome new dean Peter Jutras, PhD, on Aug.1, 2024. 

Learn more about CCM's incoming dean.


New Full-Time Faculty

The newest full-time members of CCM’s faculty will begin their appointments on Aug. 15, 2024. Those faculty members are:

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Adam Groh

Assistant Professor of Percussion

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Lynn Worcester Jones

Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy; Coordinator of Group Piano

513-556-9525

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Kirill Kuzmin

Associate Professor of Opera/Vocal Coaching

513-556-5803

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Ailsa Lipscombe

Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

513-556-6046

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Kristy Swift

Assistant Professor of Music Studies

513-556-6046

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Drew Thomas

Assistant Professor of Film and Television Production

513-556-9488


New Staff

The following staff also recently joined CCM:

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Annie Bloemer

Associate Director of Development

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New Leadership Roles

The following current CCM faculty members have recently assumed new roles:

Division Head

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Andrew Villemez

Interim Division Head of Keyboard Studies (effective Aug. 1, 2024); Associate Professor-Educator

Department Chairs

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Rachel Calin

Chair of String Department; Professor of Double Bass

513-556-1118

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Amy S. Johnson

J. Ralph Corbett Distinguished Chair of Opera; Associate Professor of Voice (Soprano)

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Pavel Vinnitsky

Chair of Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion; Associate Professor of Clarinet

513-556-9540

Learn more about CCM's divisional and departmental leadership here.


About CCM’s Faculty

At CCM, tomorrow’s arts luminaries work with today’s industry leaders. Our internationally recognized faculty members work with students from around the world. CCM students receive personalized mentorship from professors who guide their individual scholarly, creative, musical, performing and teaching growth.

Who are our faculty members? CCM professors are Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning performers and designers, ASCAP and BMI Award-winning songwriters and composers, as well as Fulbright Scholars. They are members of major American orchestras, as well as directors and conductors for the world’s leading opera houses and summer festivals. They are researchers, educators, choreographers, technicians, filmmakers and playwrights, as well as experts on health and wellness for artists. They have published widely-used textbooks and produced multimedia for US presidents. They have been featured on major broadcasts like Good Morning America, the Today Show and the Tonight Show, to mention just a few of their accomplishments.

Next Lives Here

At the University of Cincinnati, we realize the impact our teaching, research, artistry and service can have on our community and the world. So, we don’t wait for change to happen. We break boundaries, boldly imagine and create what’s Next. To us, today’s possibilities spark tomorrow’s reality. That’s why we are leading urban public universities into a new era of innovation and impact, and that's how we are defining Next for the performing and media arts.

We're about engaging people and ideas - and transforming the world.

We are UC. Welcome to what's Next.


Featured image at top: A May 2024 photograph of CCM's Memorial Hall. Photo/Curt Whitacre

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