This festival is open to pianists 15 and older.  There is no upper age limit.

You will need money for:

  • food (more on that here)
  • getting off campus, if you want to
  • a practice room key deposit (payable in advance via credit card, and refunded when/if you return your key)
  • getting to campus/back to the airport (more on that here)
  • access to the Rec Center (app. $10/week – you pay/reserve when you book your housing)
  • parking, if you’re driving to the festival (contact us if this is the case – parking fees vary wildly and we can help you get a cheaper pass)
  • getting yourself to Cincinnati/CCM, however that may be

Yes, we keep all the festival participants together.  If you have a roommate preference, you can submit that when you set up your housing.

With the housing we currently have booked, if you are traveling with more than one chaperone, you may need to stay in a different dorm than the rest of the group.  If this applies to you, contact us and we’ll work with you to find the best solution.


The festival will only cover your housing during the designated festival check-in and check-out dates.  If you want to come early or stay late, it’s possible, but you’ll be responsible for the cost – approximately $30/night/person for a shared room.

You’ll need to work directly with UC Housing to book early check-in or late departure.

Once you’re accepted to the program, we’ll send you a booking link and contact information for UC Housing/UC Conferences & Events.


With the housing we currently have booked for Art of the Piano students, you will have your own room.

However, should we need to change dorms for some reason (and right now we see no reason that this would happen), the possibility exists that you would have to share a room, in which case you would need to pay to have a room to yourself.  The cost for that would be approximately $30/night.


We provide on-campus housing in a suite-style dorm.  What we currently have booked is the CRC Dorm, which is above the rec center (please note that – while unlikely – this could change).  To take a little tour of these dorms, click here. Campus Recreation Center Hall offers suite-style units with 2 single bedrooms, bathroom and entry space.  Housing is within easy walking distance to CCM and to dining services.  Once you are accepted, we’ll send you a link to book your housing, along with more info.

All housing has on-site coin laundry, and linens (towels, sheets, blanket, pillow) can be provided upon request.  The dorm rooms come equipped with a mini-fridge and a microwave.

If you want to use the Campus Rec Center (which, by the way is a stunning, 17,000 square foot facility right by CCM, complete with rock climbing and multiple pools) you can request it–at an additional cost for which you’re responsible–when you book your housing.

Please note that availability of private rooms is contingent on access to certain dorms.

There is lots to do in Cincinnati, especially in the summer.  We encourage you to get out and see what our city has to offer.  Cincinnati has Uber and Lyft, and UC-CCM also has a Zipcar program.  There is also a bus/metro system and a streetcar, as well as several taxi companies.

Additionally, there is usually at least one free off-campus event/outing planned for students during the festival.  Transportation will be provided for these types of events.  Full details will be emailed out after you arrive in Cincinnati.

You will have access to the on campus dining service (no meal card is necessary).  All-you-care to-eat meals cost approximately $7 for breakfast, $10 for lunch and $12 for dinner.  Additionally, you will have a microwave and mini-fridge in your dorm room, and there are many restaurants on and around campus, along with a full-service supermarket within walking distance of CCM and the dorms.

If you partake in the catered lunches that are part of the roundtable discussions, you’ll be asked to contribute $10 per lunch.  These lunches usually include a sandwich or some sort of main course, a snack (chips/crackers), a drink and a sweet.  We’ll send out questionnaires and payment forms prior to the lunches.  You are always welcome to bring your own lunch to the roundtables.

Please note that whether you bring your lunch or order through catering, attendance to roundtable lunches is mandatory.

CCM become an all-Steinway school in 2010.  You will have access to approximately 20 dedicated Steinway concert grand pianos (in locked rooms), along with the other pianos in the non-piano major practice rooms.

You’ll play in at least 3 master classes + student recitals.

No, all auditions and applications are online.

Click here for full info on the application and audition process.