Recent grad earns coveted spot with Opéra Bastille

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Mezzo-soprano Amber Fasquelle completed her bachelor’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music in December 2015 and a month later, flew to Paris to compete in an international competition for a position in a young artist program at Opéra Bastille. “I auditioned with the mentality to practice auditioning, and then to my surprise I was in the finals, and next I know, I was selected,” says Fasquelle.

Students earn top prizes at annual composer contest

CIM senior Shawn Head and freshman Joseph Tolonen won second and third place, respectively, at the Cleveland Composers Guild Third Annual Collegiate Composition Contest held last month. In addition to cash prizes, the CIM composition students, who both study with department head Keith Fitch, will be honored at the Cleveland Composers Guild concert on Sunday.

Pierre Boulez, renowned composer and conductor and CIM Honorary Doctorate recipient, dies at 90

Prominent French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez died on Tuesday at his home in Germany. He was 90. He left behind an unforgettable legacy, filled with inspiring works that effectively changed classical music as we know it. In 2005 Mr. Boulez was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Cleveland Institute of Music and on that May afternoon 11 years ago, he also imparted his advice to a group of fresh graduates in his commencement address.

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