Paul W. Hogle Named President of the Cleveland Institute of Music

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The Cleveland Institute of Music is pleased to announce that Paul W. Hogle has been named President effective July 11, 2016. The CIM Board of Trustees unanimously approved Mr. Hogle’s appointment during a regularly scheduled meeting held May 17, 2016. Mr. Hogle succeeds Gary Hanson, who is serving as CIM’s interim president following the retirement of Joel Smirnoff. Continue reading

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Two alums among final contestants in 2016 CIPC

The 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC), to be held this July and August, has announced its 35 final contestants, which include new graduate Shen Lu (AD ’16, Paik) and recent alum Tomer Gewirtzman (MM ’15, Babayan). The CIPC will kick off its two-week-long competition with a performance from 2013 First Prize winner and alum Stanislav Khristenko (AD ’11, Babayan) who will perform solo works and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with CityMusic Cleveland.

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Watch CIM Commencement

Click here to watch the 2016 Commencement Ceremony.

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Commencement Weekend 2016

Last weekend, CIM celebrated its 91st Commencement Ceremony, during which the 2016 graduating class was treated to a keynote address by virtuoso and new music pioneer, Claire Chase. Chase visited CIM earlier this semester where she engaged students and spoke with radio station WCLV for an interview about her various projects and collaborations. Listen to the interview on wclv.org and watch Chase’s speech at CIM’s 2016 Commencement Ceremony!

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Weather Got Your Instrument a Little Wolf-ey?

In the classical music world, you often hear the term “wolf tone” or “wolf note” floating around. It’s no secret to string players. Many deal with it. But the editorial team at CIM wasn’t quite sure exactly what it was, and we began to ask around. At first we got a lot of the same responses: “Yes, my instrument has a wolf. Sure, I can play around it. No, I don’t know where it comes from or what causes it.” Thus, our quest to find out began.

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Summer Festivals Are Around the Corner

CIM faculty and students are gearing up for performance-packed summers at music festivals around the globe. Summer festivals are a staple in the classical music world for both musicians and concert-goers, offering young artists a chance to study with new teachers and guest performers, and attendees to sit on picnic blankets while watching top-tier orchestras perform in outdoor amphitheaters. From the Swiss Alps to the Colorado Rockies, you can find CIM faculty and students just about everywhere this summer!

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360 Degrees of Sight and Sound

On Monday, April 11, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Art and Cleveland Museum of Natural History, came together for its biennial Planetarium Project, an event that showcased short films created through collaborations between CIA’s animation and game design students and CIM’s composition and sound engineering students, projected on the museum’s planetarium dome.

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CIM Voice Students Earn Top Prizes at NATS

Congratulations to the CIM voice students who participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Ohio Chapter Student Auditions on April 2, 2016 at Bowling Green State University. First prize winners included Ariana Umbriac (Billions) and Andrea Gadzinski (Southern) in categories one and two for Freshman Women, Jennifer Robble (Schiller) for Junior Women and Coraine Tate (Schiller) for Advanced College Women. Tate was also the recipient of the Richard Miller Award for Fine Singing. Several other CIM students took second and third places prizes throughout the weekend.

Complete list of award winners:

Freshmen Women, Category 1
1st, Ariana Umbriac, student of Clifford Billions

Freshmen Women, Category 2
1st, Andrea Gadzinski, student of Dean Southern

Sophomore Women
3rd, Rachel Aust, student of Mary Schiller

Junior Women
1st, Jennifer Robble, student of Mary Schiller

Senior Women and Men
3rd (tie), Naomi Columna, student of Mary Schiller
3rd (tie), Halla Kallmansson, student of Mary Schiller

Advanced College Women
1st, Coraine Tate, student of Mary Schiller
3rd, Renée Richardson, student of Mary Schiller

Advanced College Men
2nd, Daniel Fridley, student of Dean Southern

Recipient of the Richard Miller Award for Fine Singing
Coraine Tate, student of Mary Schiller

The CIM voice students and faculty express their sincere gratitude to our pianists: Nara Avetisyan, Emilie Hsu, Kayoko Miyazawa, Daniel Parvin and Adam Whiting!

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Jahja Ling Engages CIM Students and Faculty During Residency

Over the course of the spring semester, renowned director of the San Diego Symphony and CIM’s Distinguished Principal Guest Artist, Jahja Ling, worked closely with students from the Cleveland Institute of Music orchestra, vocalists and piano performance majors. But he also engaged  CIM faculty by inviting members to sit within the CIM orchestra during rehearsal for the April 6 CIM@Home concert in Kulas Hall.

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Almost Half of BSO’s Viola Section CIM Alums Thanks to Recent Appointments

CIM alums Leah Ferguson and Rebekah Edewards, both violists, have won jobs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) starting in its 2016-17 season.  Ferguson and Edewards will join fellow CIM alums Wesley Collins (BM ’07, Vernon) and Rebecca Gitter (BM ’01 Vernon) in BSO’s viola section making almost half of the section CIM graduates. Continue reading

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