Highlights from Performance-Packed Summers!

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The halls at CIM are filled once again as the first week of classes begins. So we wanted to look back at our students, faculty and alumni who kept us posted all summer long as they hit the road for festivals, performances and appearances all over the globe. This year, we had them use #CIMSummer2015 when posting updates from their travels. And post they did! From pictures of rep, to sweeping mountains in Italy (in view from a practice-room!), to ensembles about to go on stage, our hashtag kept track of it all. Continue reading

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Fall 2015 Attendance Documentation Form Due Friday, August 28 | 4pm

Fall 2015 Attendance Documentation Form Due Friday, August 28 at 4pm

ALL enrolled students must complete and submit the Attendance Documentation Form to the Financial Aid office by 4 pm Friday, August 28.

You can find the form in one of three places:

  • Your CIM Mail Folder
  • On the table outside the Financial Aid Office
  • Linked as PDF downloadable form on the NetPartner “forms/links library” screen.

Click here for more details and information. You will need a faculty member signature (either CIM or CASE) from any enrolled class. Students only need to submit ONE form with ONE signature by ONE faculty member, but it is assumed and required that students will begin attending ALL classes for which they are registered.

Every student will see this required document listed on their NetPartner “My Required Documents” screen. No CIM or federal aid will be officially disbursed if this form is not submitted in a timely manner.

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Eighth Annual Opening Exercises

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You are invited to attend the
Eighth Annual
OPENING EXERCISES

Friday, August 28, 2015
4:00pm, Kulas Hall

All faculty, staff and new and returning students are encouraged to join in celebrating the beginning of the 2015-2016 School Year!

REMARKS BY
Joel Smirnoff, President
Dr. Joyce Griggs, Associate Dean
Dr. Keith Fitch, Head,
Composition Department
Susan Bengston, President,
Student Government Association
Oded Zehavi, Israel Institute
Schusterman Visiting Artist

INTRODUCTION OF NEW FACULTY & STAFF

STUDENT PERFORMANCE

All School Picnic Immediately Follows
CIM Terrace & Garden

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Alum appointed acting principal clarinet of The Cleveland Orchestra

Homecoming came early this year for Cleveland Institute of Music alum Benjamin Lulich (BM ’05, Cohen), who has just been appointed acting principal clarinet of The Cleveland Orchestra.

“I know I have big shoes to fill, so I will be working hard to perform at the highest level with the incredible musicians of the orchestra. I am really looking forward to being in Cleveland this coming season,” he says. Continue reading

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Sergei Babayan’s Proms 2015 performance with Daniil Trifonov dubbed “not to miss”

Renowned CIM faculty member, Sergei Babayan will perform alongside former student and distinguished CIM alum, Daniil Trifonov at Proms 2015 in London.

“For sheer energy and brilliant displays of pianistic virtuosity this is surely the Prom to go for,” said The Telegraph in its Proms preview. The pair will tackle all five Sergey Prokofiev piano concertos in one concert –a massive feat they first accomplished in 2012 under the baton of conductor Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky.

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Stephen Rose and Frank Huang are “spot-on” at Mimir Chamber Music Festival

The Mimir Chamber Music Festival is known for its reliably superb performances, but this year two stood out among the rest, thanks in part to CIM violin department head Stephen Rose and alum Frank Huang.

“This was musicianship of a high order,” said The Dallas Morning News. Rose is Principal Second Violin of The Cleveland Orchestra and was appointed to the CIM faculty in 2001. He graduated from CIM with Bachelor of Music degree in 1992. Huang was recently named concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. He was a student of Donald Weilerstein and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from CIM in 2002.

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ChamberFest Cleveland Comes to an End, but Faculty Leaves Lasting Impression

Franklin Cohen, head of the clarinet faculty at CIM, played for a standing-room-only crowd in CIM’s Kulas Hall as part of ChamberFest Cleveland’s summer concert series. The concert was aptly named “FRANK!,” as it was a celebration of Cohen and his retirement from The Cleveland Orchestra, where he served as Principal Clarinet for nearly 40 years. The performance had almost as much splash as the title itself. As Cleveland Classical put it, “From start to finish Cohen proved that he is, without a doubt, one of the greatest musicians of our time.” Continue reading

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Richard Hipple Named CIM Board Chair

Following a unanimous vote by the Cleveland Institute of Music Board of Trustees at their Annual Meeting July 7, CIM is pleased to welcome Richard J. Hipple as its new Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Hipple is a current member of the CIM Board of Trustees and replaces A. Malachi Mixon who retired from the CIM Board after serving as Chair for 17 years. “We are grateful for Mr. Hipple’s willingness to serve in a new and heightened capacity and view it as a strong endorsement of CIM within the greater Cleveland community. We look forward with great anticipation to his tenure,” said Joel Smirnoff, CIM President and CEO. Continue reading

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While Andrea Amati’s “King” cello makes its debut in NYC this summer, NOTES looks into the Nicola Amati violin being played right here at CIM

“Does your instrument have a story?” That’s what CIM’s NOTES magazine asked faculty this spring. And faculty had plenty to share. Stories ranged from cellos that survived the Holocaust to oddly-shaped violas to colorful plastic clarinets. In light of the Andrea Amati cello, dubbed the “King” cello, on display at the Metropolitan Museum this summer, one story starring CIM’s very own Jaime Laredo seems especially timely. Laredo, violin faculty at CIM, plays an Amati as well—this one, however, was made by Andrea’s grandson, Nicola.

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American composer, author, administrator and thought leader Gunther Schuller, dies at age 89

Pulitzer Prize winner, MacArthur “Genius” award recipient and two-time Grammy award winner, Gunther Schuller, died on Sunday. The musical icon was the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Kulas Visiting Artist this year and in May, Mr. Schuller delivered the Commencement Address to the graduating class of 2015. During the ceremony he conducted a CIM ensemble in the playing of one of his last commissioned pieces, written specially for the occasion. Mr. Schuller was 89.

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