Cincinnati’s Best Music Institutions

It’s not all sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music
For 150 years, CCM has been training talented students in the performing arts from all over the world, helping to keep our local coffers chock full of musical mastery.
290 CCM Blvd., Clifton Heights, (513) 556-6638,

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Pops
Our symphony is more than just Beethoven. Broadway icons join the Pops, Lollipops concerts introduce children to the classics, and chamber concerts bring audiences closer to the music. (Also, Beethoven!)
1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 621-1919,

Illustration by Mark Ward

Cincinnati Opera
Blending traditional repertoire (La Traviata) with newer works (Another Brick in the Wall) helps appeal to highbrow traditionalists and highbrow Pink Floyd heads alike.
1243 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 241-2742,

AKA Music for Youth in Cincinnati, it’s a free, daily youth orchestra program modeled after Venezuela’s El Sistema, using music as a means of social and civic impact. Put that on a T-shirt.
3724 St. Lawrence Ave., Price Hill, (513) 251-3800,

School for Creative and Performing Arts
This public K–12 school, which began as Cincinnati’s original magnet high school, has become a highly competitive program with a reputation for rigorous academic and arts curriculum. Plus, Nick Lachey is an alum.
108 W. Central Pkwy., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 363-8000,

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