Alum Creates Innovative Cello Strap

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Cleveland Institute of Music alum Michael Block (BM ’04, Aaron) has engineered an innovative new strap for the cello that allows cellists to perform while standing. The officially named Block Strap started as an idea which manifested itself in multiple variations that utilized guitar straps, rope, tape and dishtowels. Now, with the kinks worked out, Block’s design is sold commercially with testimonials from Yo-Yo Ma, Natalie Haas and Boston Symphony cellist Alexandre Lecarme. Continue reading

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CIM Welcomes Young Talent this Summer

The halls at the Cleveland Institute of Music  weren’t empty for long, as CIM’s Young Composers Program and Summer Sonata got underway this week. Both programs bring in top young musicians to study in weeklong intensives which culminate in recitals in Mixon Hall. “The Young Composers Program and Summer Sonata are excellent opportunities for aspiring young musicians to study with world class performers and teachers in a musically rich environment that nurtures creativity, communication, collaboration and craft,” says Marci Alegant, Director of Preparatory and Continuing Education at CIM. “We look forward to welcoming students and families to CIM this summer!”

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Alum and Faculty Member Makes Carnegie Debut

Cleveland Institute of Music alum and violin faculty member Jinjoo Cho (BM ’11, MM ’13, PS ’15 Kantor/Laredo) made her debut in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium Thursday, June 9, a prize awarded to her for winning the gold medal in the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI). Continue reading

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

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.

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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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