Former President David Cerone, Mezzo-Soprano Frederica von Stade to Receive Honorary Doctorates at Commencement May 18

CLEVELAND, OH (April, 10, 2009) The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) will graduate the Class of 2009 at it's 84th Annual Commencement Monday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. in the Institute's Kulas Hall. Included as part of the ceremony will be a musical program by selected graduating students. President Joel Smirnoff CIM will confer approximately 150 Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees, Artist Certificates, Artist Diplomas and Professional Studies Diplomas upon the 2009 graduates.
Honorary doctoral degrees will be conferred upon CIM's former and longest tenured president, David Cerone, and internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano, Frederica von Stade who will also give the Commencement address. Lenore Rosenberg, director of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, as well as the associate artistic administrator for the Metropolitan Opera, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented to Gail Nelson Johansen, founder of the Fairbanks School of Talent Education (a non-profit Suzuki program in Alaska), as well violin virtuoso Soovin Kim.
David Cerone , president of CIM from 1985 through 2009 oversaw enormous growth and success, including the attainment of The Campaign for CIM's $40 million goal. He was the champion of CIM's expansion and its stunning new campus was completed thanks to his leadership. Mr. Cerone balanced CIM's budget for 12 years in a row and the endowment experienced a 30 percent increase during his tenure. He doubled the enrollment, from 200 conservatory students in 1985 to over 400 – an optimal size for the school's program. The conservatory was not his only focus, however. He created the Young Artist Program for gifted high school musicians, which now has 10 enrolled. He is the founder of the ENCORE School for Strings, a six-week summer program for gifted string students from around the world at the Western Reserve Academy in Hudson Ohio and under his leadership, the Preparatory and Continuing Education programs expanded at CIM. More than 1,600 young people and adults now take music lessons at CIM.
A strong proponent of the Suzuki method, Mr. Cerone launched a master's degree program in Suzuki Pedagogy and established CIM as one of the premier venues for Suzuki Instruction. His recordings of the Suzuki Violin Method Books I through IV are extremely popular and have been reissued by Warner/Chapell.
Additionally, this award-winning violinist brought a focus to chamber music at CIM, leading to CIM's national reputation as a leader in this area. He increased collaboration with The Cleveland Orchestra (of which 38 members are CIM alumni) and CIM now boasts 35 members of the orchestra on its faculty, as well as a close working relationship with all facets of the Orchestra. CIM's own orchestra now performs regularly at Severance Hall.
His visionary leadership championed the use of superior technology in the arts, allowing CIM to spread its expertise to a world audience without leaving Cleveland. CIM's Distance Learning program is at the forefront of this technology and offers hundreds of programs across the state of Ohio and around the world.
Recognized as one of the most beloved musical figures of our time, Frederica von Stade has enriched the world of classical music for three decades with her appearances in opera, concert and recital.
The mezzo-soprano is well known to audiences around the world through her numerous featured appearances on television including several PBS specials and Live from Lincoln Center telecasts. She has made over sixty recordings with every major label, including complete operas, aria albums, symphonic works, solo recital programs and popular crossover albums. Her recordings have garnered six Grammy nominations, two Grand Prix du Disc awards, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Italy's Premio della Critica Discografica and "Best of the Year" citations by Stereo Review and Opera News.
Miss von Stade was awarded France's highest honor in the Arts when she was appointed as an officer of L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 1983 she was honored with an award given at the White House by President Reagan in recognition of her significant contribution to the arts.
Frederica von Stade's 2008-2009 season included recital appearances in Denver, Chicago (opposite Barbara Cook and Dianne Reeves) and Cleveland. She will be the final performer on CIM's inaugural season of the Mixon Hall Master's Series Saturday May 16. This concert is sold out.

Lenore Rosenberg is the director of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, as well as the associate artistic administrator of the Metropolitan Opera. She joined the Met's artistic staff in 1985. She has degrees in voice from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and CIM, where she studied with George Vassos. Ms. Rosenberg's previous administrative duties in the arts have included the rehearsal department of Lyric Opera of Chicago, production manager at Opera Memphis, Cincinnati Opera and Lyric Opera Cleveland and business manager of the Hartford Chamber Orchestra. Responsible for the casting of secondary roles and covers for the Met season, she is also a member of the in-house Auditions Screening Committee, as well as the Stage Audition Panel. She has been a member of the National Council Finals Jury for the past several years, and has served on international juries for the Francisco Viñas Competition in Barcelona, Spain, the Montserrat Caballe Competition in Andorra, the Renata Tebaldi Competition in San Marino, the Ottavio Ziino Competition in Rome and both the Rimsky-Korsakov and Elena Obraztsova Competitions, in St Petersburg, Russia. In 2001, she was appointed Musical Administrator of the Spoleto Festival USA, in Charleston, South Carolina.
A 30-year resident and teacher in beautiful and remote Alaska, violinist Gail Nelson Johansen has been instrumental in growing a thriving string program there. While earning a Master of Music degree at CIM, she studied violin performance with David and Linda Cerone; she also studied violin pedagogy with Mrs. Cerone, nurturing a lifelong interest in teaching. She holds a DMA from Stanford University and is an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska. A Registered Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she is on the faculties of institutes across North America. Dr. Johansen is a founder and director of the Fairbanks School of Talent Education, a non-profit Suzuki program that serves over 100 string and flute students. She directs the Heart of Alaska Strings, an advanced touring ensemble and teaches violin, viola and chamber music in her private studio. As the Music Director of the Fairbanks Suzuki Institute, Dr. Johansen was honored to accept the 2008 Creating Learning Community Award at the Suzuki Association of the Americas conference for "Gathering Community under Suzuki's Vision." She has also served on the Fairbanks Youth Orchestra Board of Directors and is the president-elect for the Alaska chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Dr. Johansen is associate concertmaster of the Fairbanks Symphony and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra, a touring ensemble that brings live music performances to Alaskan villages only accessible by boat or airplane. She is a founding member of the Alaska Chamber Players, performing collaborative recitals with University of Alaska faculty members and local musicians. She has four grown children who are all string players. Cellist Dane is also a graduate of CIM and currently in the Artist Diploma program at the Juilliard School.
American violinist Soovin Kim is an exciting young player who has built on the early successes of his prize-winning years to emerge as a mature artist equally gifted in concerto, recital and chamber music repertoire. As a recording artist, Soovin Kim collaborated with artists such as Jeremy Denk and the Jupiter String Quartet, Janos Starker and Lynn Harrell. His recording of Niccolò Paganini's demanding 24 Caprices for solo violin rose to Billboard's Classical Chart and was named Classic FM magazine's "Instrumental Disc of the Month" in February 2006. Known for his commitment to fresh interpretations of standard repertoire, Kim is also passionate about commissioning new works. He is the first violinist of the Johannes Quartet, touring with the venerable Guarneri Quartet, performing new works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Derek Bermel and William Bolcom. Mr. Kim's Korea-based piano quartet, M.I.K., recorded four commissioned works by Korean composers for its first album for Stomp/EMI. He also arranged for and performed the premiere of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer's string trio in 2007. He won first prize at the Paganini International Competition at only 20 years old and later received the Henryk Szeryng Career Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Mr. Kim teaches at Stony Brook University and is on the faculty of Bard College. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Jaime Laredo and Victor Danchenko, he also studied with David Cerone and Donald Weilerstein at CIM. Mr. Kim regularly spends summers at the Marlboro Festival. Soovin Kim plays on the 1709 "ex-Kempner" Stradivarius which is on loan to him.

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