2013-2014 Application & Audition Instructions

We are still accepting applications for Fall 2014 entrance. Please note that the requirements below are for Fall 2014 entrance only. Requirements and the application for 2015 entrance will be updated by September 1, 2014.

The links below contain important application and audition information. Be sure to read carefully and observe published requirements. Applications submitted inappropriately will be placed "On Hold" and will not be processed.

Click on any of the items below for easy navigation, and on the following link to access the online application: www.cim.edu/application.

Application Instructions

Programs of Study
Majors
Application & Audition Procedures:

Audition Instructions

Live Audition Information:Required Recordings & Audition Repertoire:

Programs of Study

The Cleveland Institute of Music offers the following degree and non-degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Music
  • Dual-Degree Programs (undergraduate only). These five-year programs lead to the awarding of two undergraduate degrees - a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a second degree in a major offered at Case Western Reserve University. Applicants for these programs apply only to CIM. No application to Case Western Reserve University is required. Through cooperation with the university's undergraduate admission office, CIM handles all matters relating to admission, financial aid, tuition, room and board, and registration.
  • Artist Certificate (undergraduate, non-degree)*
  • Master of Music
  • Professional Studies (graduate, non-degree)*
  • Artist Diploma (graduate, non-degree)*
  • Doctor of Musical Arts
    DMA applicants must apply for admission to the Fall semester only.

Applicants interested exclusively in the following degree programs should apply through the undergraduate or graduate admission offices at Case Western Reserve University:

Bachelor of Science in Music Education**
Bachelor of Arts in Music**
Master of Arts in Music History
Master of Arts in Music Education

Admission to a CIM program of study assumes an applicant's intention to enroll on a full-time basis and become fully involved in school activities. Admitted applicants are eligible to enroll only after officially confirming intent to do so. (see Confirmation of Intent to Enroll for requirements).

* Click the links below to review the Gainful Employment Disclosure forms for CIM's non-degree programs:

**This program is also available in a dual-degree arrangement with performance at CIM. If interested, applicants should instead apply to CIM and not CWRU.


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Majors

The following fields of study are available in all degree and non-degree programs unless otherwise indicated:

  • Audio Recording (BM only)
  • Bass Trombone
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Cello and Suzuki pedagogy (MM only)
  • Clarinet
  • Collaborative piano (MM, PS, AD, and DMA only)
  • Composition (BM, MM, PS, and DMA only)
  • Double bass
  • Eurhythmics (BM only)
  • Flute
  • Guitar (classical)
  • Harp
  • Harpsichord
  • Horn
  • Oboe
  • Orchestral Conducting (MM and PS only)
  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Timpani and Percussion
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Violin and Suzuki pedagogy (MM only)
  • Voice

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Application & Audition Procedures

The following information provides a reference for most matters related to CIM's application and audition process. If, after reading this section carefully, you still have not found the answer you need, you are welcome to get in touch with the admissions staff at 216.795.3107 or admission@cim.edu.

Initially, please note:

  1. Auditions are arranged by the Admissions Office only after receipt of application.
  2. There is no separate application for financial aid; the online application has all the information needed to begin the financial aid process.

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Deadlines

(All CIM deadlines are observed in Eastern Standard Time - GMT - 5)

All materials must be received by (date of postmark has no applicability):

December 1 (Fall admission)
October 1 (Spring admission)


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Application Fee (nonrefundable)

  • $110 on or before December 1
  • $160 beginning December 2

This nonrefundable fee can be paid by credit card when you submit your online application. Credit card information will be submitted securely. There are no fee waivers.


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Supporting Application Documents

Undergraduates (Bachelor of Music and Artist Certificate applicants)

  1. SAT or ACT test results for U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results for international applicants. Score reports must be uploaded separately from transcripts.
  2. Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) test results must also be uploaded separately, if applicable.
  3. Secondary school transcripts for every secondary school attended.
  4. Transfer applicants -- College transcripts from every school attended from which there are potential college credits to transfer. First semester freshmen, for whom grades have not yet been posted, should submit a transcript showing coursework in progress.

Graduates (Master of Music, Professional Studies, Artist Diploma, and Doctor of Musical Arts applicants)

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results for international applicants. Score reports must be uploaded separately from transcripts.
  2. College transcripts for all schools attended

Audition results, letters of recommendation, class rank, test results, and grade-point average are used to assist in arriving at a composite, qualitative assessment of each individual. Furthermore, SAT/ACT or TOEFL results provide the basis upon which each student is assigned to an appropriate entry-level English course.

In order to complete your online application as quickly as possible, you may scan and upload all required documents (unofficial copies) in addition to your recordings (if required or desired). You do not need to mail anything to CIM. Only composition applicants are required to mail scores to CIM (see below under Composition). If you are not able to obtain unofficial copies of your documents, you may have official copies mailed to:

Cleveland Institute of Music Office of Admissions
11021 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

Supporting Document Policy

For the purposes of the application, official transcripts do not need to be mailed directly to CIM by the issuing institution. The issuing institution should release an unofficial copy to you, which you can then scan and upload with your application. Likewise, CIM will accept the copy of test scores (or a screen shot showing your test scores, name and some other identifying factor, such as your birthday) issued directly to you by the College Board, ACT, or ETS. If you are not able to obtain unofficial copies of your documents, you may have official copies mailed to:

Cleveland Institute of Music Office of Admissions
11021 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

Some points to keep in mind when scanning documents:

  • All scans must be legible (grey scale or black and white recommended).
  • All scans must be complete -- every page of each record must be scanned, including backs of transcripts when they are not blank.
  • Only PDF or JPEG documents will be accepted.
  • Document orientation -- when you scan your documents, make sure the orientation is correct; records printed vertically (portrait) should be scanned so that they appear in portrait format in the PDF; likewise, transcripts printed horizontally (landscape) must appear in landscape format in the PDF.
  • Before scanning, be sure to mark out the Social Security Number (SSN) if it is printed. Other than that, there should be no marks on your records.
  • DO NOT mail paper copies or forward email attachments of academic records unless directed to so by the CIM Admission Office.
  • All uploaded academic documents are considered unofficial. After you have tuition deposited, you will be required to submit final, official academic records. Eligibility to enroll will be contingent upon receipt and verification of official and final transcripts. These must show dates for the awarding of diplomas, degrees, etc. CIM reserves the right to rescind any offer of admission when there are discrepancies between unofficial and official transcripts. At any time during the admission process, you may be required to provide an official record from any institution listed in your application.
  • To be considered, all documents not in English must be accompanied by English translations from the issuing institutions or recognized translation services.

Acceptable Document Formats

  1. Scanned copies of academic records produced by the issuing institutions in PDF or JPEG format. Once you have uploaded your files, be sure to view them and make sure they are legible throughout. If not, adjust your scanner settings and try again.
  2. Electronic copies of transcripts produced by the institutions.

If you need assistance, please note that public libraries, office supply stores (FedEx Office, Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, etc.), and other services can create scanned documents for you. As a last resort, if you are absolutely unable to upload a record, contact the CIM Admissions Office at admission@cim.edu for instructions.

Unacceptable Document Formats

A web-based print-out showing your academic history is NOT acceptable and should NOT be uploaded.


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SAT/ACT

Undergraduates (including transfer applicants) who are U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents must submit an ACT or SAT test report with their uploaded documents.

  • ACT - The CIM school code for the ACT is 3250. Phone 319.337.1313 to order a score report.
  • SAT - The CIM school code for the SAT is 1124. Phone 866.756.7346 to order a score report.

SAT/ACT test reports must be uploaded separately, even if the scores are recorded on secondary school transcripts. Prospective students who have not yet registered for one of these examinations should do so as soon as possible.


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International Applicant Transcripts and Documentation

To be considered, all submitted documents not in English must be accompanied by English translations from the issuing institutions or recognized translation service. Documents submitted without translations will not be accepted.

International applicants who are already in the U.S. must also be prepared to provide authoritative documentation concerning entry into the U.S. (passport, visa, etc.).


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Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

International applicants from countries for which English is not an official language must complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

TOEFL score reports must be uploaded at the time of application. No audition will be scheduled without the required TOEFL score (see below). Prospective students who need to register for the TOEFL or who need to receive a score report for a completed examination should note:

  • The CIM school code for TOEFL is 1124. When registering for the test or when ordering a score report, no departmental code is necessary. Log into your TOEFL iBT account to order a score report.

Minimum scores required to schedule an audition:

  • Bachelor of Music - 61 (iBT)
  • Master of Music - 61 (iBT)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts - 90 (iBT)
  • Artist Certificate, Artist Diploma, and Professional Studies - 51 (iBT)

Minimum scores required to be considered for acceptance:

  • Bachelor of Music - 79 (iBT)
  • Master of Music - 79 (iBT)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts - 100 (iBT)
  • Artist Certificate, Artist Diploma, and Professional Studies - 61 (iBT)

Visa

Before leaving the home country, an international student must obtain a passport from the country of citizenship. The passport expiration date must be at least six months later than the intended date of entry into the U.S. During the application process, the CIM Admission Office emails audition date confirmations to everyone planning live auditions in Cleveland; once an audition date is confirmed, a copy of this email may be used to obtain a B-2 visa for entry into the United States. A U.S. Consular Post may, in some cases, additionally require a "letter of invitation" from CIM for the visa interview. The applicant should then request an invitation letter from the CIM Admission Office at admission@cim.edu


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GRE

The Graduate Record Examination is not required for graduate applicants.


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Letters of Recommendation

An application must include two confidential letters of recommendation from persons unrelated to the applicant who are qualified to attest to musical ability. The online application requires that the applicant provide the names and email addresses of the persons who have agreed to provide recommendations. CIM contacts these persons directly by email and asks them to submit their recommendations electronically. CIM will accept a paper recommendation when it is enclosed in a sealed envelope with the recommender's name signed across the flap.


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Secondary School Transcripts

If you are applying for undergraduate study (transfer applicants included), you must upload to your academic application transcripts from all the secondary schools you have attended. Home-schooled students must also submit transcripts showing subjects studied and grades earned. Transfer applicants must submit both secondary school and college/university transcripts (see below).

According to the recommendation of the Ohio Board of Regents, it is suggested that a 16-unit College Preparatory Program include the following courses (note: this distribution is a recommendation and not a requirement):

  • 4 Units in English, with emphasis in Composition
  • 3 Units of Mathematics, at least one of which should be taken in the senior year (Algebra I, Algebra II, Plane Geometry)
  • 3 Units of Social Studies
  • 3 Units of Science
  • 3 Units of Foreign Language

CIM considers for admission applicants who have completed secondary education through the General Education Development Program (GED) as administered by various state departments of education. Additionally, the Institute considers home-school applicants without a GED providing they complete either the ACT tests in English and Mathematics or the standard SAT test plus the SAT II test (Math Level 1).

Transcripts must provide a listing, year by year, of all courses taken and the grades or marks received for each. Records must also provide the grading scale for each institution. This applies also to applicants who are home schooled.


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College transcripts

Transcripts must be uploaded to your application from all colleges/universities attended. Anyone who has not yet graduated should upload transcripts showing all work completed at the time of application; submission of a final transcript is prerequisite for registration. First semester freshmen, for whom grades have not yet been posted, should submit a transcript showing coursework in progress.

Transcripts should be uploaded from:

  • Your current college or university
  • Any previously attended school from which a degree or diploma was completed
  • Any other previously attended school from which the applicant would like to receive transfer credit

Undergraduate transfer applicants must submit both secondary school (see above) and college/university transcripts.

Transcripts must provide a listing, year by year, of all courses taken and the grades or marks received for each. Records must also provide the grading scale for each institution.


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Teacher Preferences

The online application provides an opportunity for applicants to indicate teacher preferences. Assignment to the studio of a preferred instructor may be arranged if, in the opinion of the appropriate faculty, that instructor will best meet the needs of the applicant and space is available in that instructor's studio. Applicants accepted by recorded audition perform for the faculty upon arrival in Cleveland. In such cases, the faculty reserves the right to withhold making a teacher assignment until after the in-person evaluation.

To change teacher preferences from those on a completed application, contact the CIM Admission Office at admission@cim.edu.


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Advanced Placement Credit

CIM grants degree credit and placement in advanced courses based on the results of College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, successful completion of International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, and CIM-administered admission examinations. Appropriate Case Western Reserve University departments also make credit and placement determinations. A College Board Advanced Placement score of 4 or higher may receive favorable consideration.

A College Board Advanced Placement score of 4 or higher may receive favorable consideration. Students who wish to take the AP examinations but who are enrolled in high schools that do not offer Advanced Placement courses may contact their high school counselors for registration information. It is the applicant's responsibility to obtain Advanced Placement scores and upload them to their applications. Credit must be declared and awarded during the first year of study. To request express shipment of AP scores, phone 888.225.5427.

Advanced placement credit can also be awarded for IB courses. To receive advanced placement consideration, applicants must complete the HL Test for all courses, except languages, for which the SL Test is required. Depending upon test score results, 3-7 credits per subject can be awarded.


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Transfer Applicants

An applicant, who is enrolled full time at another US college and who is expected to continue enrollment there, must submit CIM's Transfer Clearance Form. While an offer of admission may be possible without this clearance, an offer of scholarship or financial aid during the first semester of CIM study is contingent upon receipt of this document. The Transfer Clearance Form is completed by the school where the applicant is currently enrolled and must be submitted to CIM with an indication of "good standing" and official "release" from that institution.

Each transfer applicant is evaluated on an individual basis and according to CIM's policies, standards, and curricular requirements. Transfer student status is determined by audition and by admission examinations in theory, ear training, and piano proficiency. Students who have completed course work in form and analysis and counterpoint are also examined in these areas. These required examinations are given on the day of the major audition, with the exception of piano proficiency, which is evaluated during the orientation week preceding the beginning of classes.

Transfer students, with the exception of those in the DMA program, must fulfill the two-year residency requirement by completing four consecutive regular semesters in full-time study at CIM. The minimum residency requirement for DMA students is two consecutive regular semesters.


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Transfer Credit

Transfer applicants and current CIM students may have earned credits from other accredited institutions transferred to CIM. Such transfer credits are applicable toward fulfillment of CIM program requirements, under the following conditions:

  • Credits are transferable only if the course grade is a "C" or higher. Therefore, courses completed on a Pass/Fail basis do not transfer unless the school where such courses were taken has a published policy stipulating that Pass is equivalent to at least a grade of "C";
  • In placing approved transfer courses on the CIM permanent record, only credit appears. Grades in transfer courses do not appear and do not affect the CIM grade-point average;
  • Transfer credit earned in theory, music history/literature, and performance courses is subject to CIM faculty evaluation as a prerequisite for transfer. CIM equivalency examinations may be required to determine transferability of credits in these areas. Advanced Standing credit in core music subjects is awarded by Placement Examination. The number of credits awarded is determined by the demonstrated skill level of the incoming student, not by the number of previously earned credits at another institution;
  • Transfer credits for additional non-elective course work are based upon evaluation of a student's transcript and required CIM equivalency examinations, which must be completed during the first semester of study at CIM;
  • CIM only accepts credit for 2 online courses from an accredited 4-year college/university (as fulfillment of general education requirements)
  • Course work intended to fulfill CWRU major or minor program requirements is transferable only with the approval of the appropriate CWRU department. Such approval must be sought additionally before undertaking study at another institution;
  • Credits earned at schools operating on a quarter system are reduced by one-third when converted to CIM's semester-credit equivalency;
  • Graduate students are limited to a maximum of six transfer credits. Though undergraduate transfer applicants have no such credit limitation, all transfer students, except DMA applicants, are subject to a minimum two-year, full-time residency requirement;
  • Current CIM students must first obtain approval from the CIM Registrar for transfer course work and receive a letter of approval for transient study, which is required by the host institution.

Final determination of transfer status cannot be made until final, official transcripts from all previously attended schools have been received, all appropriate admission testing has been completed, and all necessary examinations for non-elective course work have been evaluated. Each transfer student meets with the CIM Registrar to confirm final status. All transferred credits are applicable toward fulfillment of CIM diploma or degree requirements.


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Confirmation of Intent to Enroll

Admitted applicants who wish to attend CIM must officially confirm their intent to enroll by submitting the items indicated below. These materials must be received in the CIM Admission Office by the deadlines indicated; date of postmark has no applicability. Whenever one of the following dates falls on a weekend, the deadline is extended until 5:00 pm on the next business day.

  • Undergraduate deadline for Fall semester confirmation - May 1, 5:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time - GMT -5)
  • Graduate deadline for Fall semester confirmation - April 15, 5:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time - GMT -5)
  • Deadline for Spring semester confirmation - December 1, 5:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time - GMT -5)

CIM cannot guarantee enrollment space or availability of financial aid for anyone who submits a late confirmation. All the following items are due by the deadline (partial fulfillment will not suffice):

  • A tuition deposit, as requested by the Admission Office;
  • Signed Intent to Enroll and FERPA release forms that accompanies the letter of admission;
  • Acceptance of scholarship/financial aid via the applicant's online NetPartner account;
  • International applicants must additionally satisfy all the documentation requirements of the CIM Financial Aid Office.

Only by completing ALL requirements can an admitted student: 1) be assigned officially to the studio of a teacher, 2) be eligible to register for classes, 3) be assigned space in the CIM residence hall (undergraduates only), and 4) receive the documents necessary to obtain a student visa or maintain student status.

Students enroll in the programs to which they have been admitted. Generally speaking, students are not permitted to change program before completing the program in which they are currently enrolled. In the most unusual circumstances, students may petition the Dean to switch from MM to PS.


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Live Audition Information

Please check CIM's web site for audition dates. Live auditions are held in Cleveland and New York City.

The online application provides an opportunity to state audition date preferences. Pending availability, auditions are re-scheduled only upon receipt of a $30 re-scheduling fee, payable by credit card. If all available audition time has been taken on the first choice of date, CIM will attempt to schedule one of the alternate choices on a space available basis.

A live audition appointment includes an audition and admission examinations that are required of applicants to ALL programs, whether degree or non-degree. Therefore, applicants need to be available for 6-8 hours, beginning with the registration time. Be sure only to request dates when you are available for the full day and to make no travel arrangements until you receive from the Admission Office an official written confirmation of your appointment.

DMA applicants, please note: doctoral applicants will complete DMA Diagnostic Examinations from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm on the day following the scheduled audition.


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Audition Day

Each applicant auditioning receives official written confirmation of appointment. Though the confirmation provides detailed information regarding audition day events, it does not include specific times for audition, warm up, or admission examinations; the final schedule is provided only upon arrival at CIM on audition day. It is not possible to reserve audition times in advance, to provide assigned times before arrival, or to alter individual times after receiving a schedule. All applicants in performance are provided 30 minutes of private warm-up time immediately before their auditions; otherwise, practice rooms are reserved for other auditioning students.

Detailed visitor information, including a list of recommended hotels and travel directions, can be found at www.cim.edu/visit. Applicants must plan to be available 6-8 hours after registration time, at which time all auditions and examinations conclude. Applicants flying out of Cleveland after their auditions should not plan return flights before 7:00 pm on Sundays; this allows sufficient time for travel to the airport and for security screening. Requests for re-scheduling are subject to availability and there is a $30 fee, payable by credit card through the CIM Admission Office (phone 216.795.3143).


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Admission Examinations

On audition day, applicants are scheduled to complete the following admission examinations, as appropriate to the level of entrance; admitted students who do not meet expected entrance requirements must register for appropriate remedial course work. Sample tests are not available. Secondary piano placement testing is deferred until the first week of classes (except for conducting applicants). Undergraduate applicants who are interested in advanced placement, please note: though CIM does accept AP test results in many subject areas, it does not do so in the area of music theory. Instead, the results of CIM's admission examinations are used to determine advanced placement.

Testing for first-year undergraduate applicants includes:

  1. An evaluation of written knowledge of key signatures, intervals, triads, scales, and part writing. The part writing example is brief and graduated in difficulty. Each applicant is expected to complete as much of the exercise as knowledge and ability permit.
  2. An ear training test that covers intervals, triads, and harmonic progressions.

Testing for transfer undergraduate applicants includes:

  1. An evaluation of written knowledge of key signatures, intervals, triads, scales, and part writing. The part writing example is brief and graduated in difficulty. Each applicant is expected to complete as much of the exercise as knowledge and ability permit. The examination also includes sections pertaining to form and analysis and counterpoint.
  2. An ear training test that covers intervals, triads, and harmonic progressions.

Testing for graduate and doctoral applicants will include the following:

  1. A written examination that includes part writing, form and analysis, and counterpoint.
  2. An ear training test that covers intervals, triads, and harmonic progressions that may include triad and seventh chord inversions, secondary dominants, secondary diminished seventh chords, borrowed chords, Neapolitan sixth chords, and all types of augmented sixth chords. There is no sight singing testing on audition day. It is deferred until orientation (the week before classes begin) and includes melodies in treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs.
  3. In addition to the above audition day testing, doctoral applicants will complete DMA Diagnostic Examinations from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm on the day following the scheduled audition. Successful candidates must demonstrate outstanding knowledge and skills and are evaluated both by CIM and CWRU Music Department faculty. Audition and examination results help to shape the overall construction of an individual's program of study. The program may include deficiency course work, credit for which is not applicable toward fulfillment of degree requirements. Overall individual program requirements, including those courses that are applicable to the degree and deficiency courses that are not are determined in part by means of audition, admission examinations, and transcript evaluation.

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Audition Repertoire

Accompaniment is not required, except for voice applicants; CIM provides an accompanist for all voice auditions.

In general, CIM's acceptance rate is higher for live auditions than recorded auditions. As a result, live auditions in Cleveland are strongly preferred, and are required for all applicants to the Artist Certificate, Artist Diploma, or Doctor of Musical Arts programs.

Prescreen Requirements/Recordings

Some majors require prescreen recordings; in order to be invited to a live audition, you must pass the prescreen requirement. You will receive written notification of your prescreening decision. Please check your instrument (below) to see if you will be required to upload a prescreening video or audio recording. Some majors will not require prescreen recordings, but you may upload a video or audio recording if you choose to be considered along with the rest of your application materials.

Required and Optional Recordings

You must upload your recordings with your CIM application at https://app.decisiondesk.com/clients/cimadmission/account/create. Do not mail CDs or DVDs to CIM; they are not accepted. Should technical issues arise, simply click on the Help button on the screen. The Decision Desk staff will be pleased to assist. The following video formats are accepted: avi, m4v, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, ogg, vob, and wmv. Large file sizes can be accommodated.

Each piece of repertoire must be unedited and recorded separately (unless otherwise indicated in departmental repertoire requirements). Video recordings must be produced with a single, fixed-focus camera (no zooming) that displays full-body view of applicant and instrument. Recordings may be produced on home-quality equipment; studio-quality production is not necessary.


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Audio Recording

A prescreening video is required. Requirements are the same as for a live audition. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1.

Admission is determined on the basis of a personal interview and admission examinations that are administered only in Cleveland. Applicants must be familiar with standard music literature of the Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods.

The audio recording program requires the submission of required video recordings demonstrating technical and musical accomplishment on an instrument or voice. The prescreen recording must be submitted at the time of application and should present two (and only two) contrasting selections of the applicant's choice. Accompaniment is not required, except for voice applicants.


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Bassoon

A prescreening audio or video recording is required (audio is preferred). To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1.

Prescreen requirements:

Exposition of Mozart Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major K. 191 and 1 study from Milde 25 Studies in Scales and Chords

Audition requirements:

Undergraduate

  • Major and harmonic minor scales (not required on video recording)
  • Milde Scale or Arpeggio etude
  • Solo piece selected by the student

Graduate

  • Major and harmonic minor scales (not required on video recording)
  • A major concerto; e.g., Mozart, Hummel, or Weber
  • Selected contrasting orchestral excerpts

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Cello/Cello Suzuki Pedagogy

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1.

Prescreen requirements:

Same as audition requirements (can be a different etude, suite, concerto or concerto movement than what is played for the live audition)

Audition requirements (must be played from memory):

  • Two contrasting etudes of Franchomme, Piatti, or Popper
  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach suite
  • One movement of a standard concerto

For a DMA or Artist Diploma audition, the cello faculty will select from the following requirements:

  • An entire Bach Suite
  • Complete standard concerto
  • 20th- or 21st-Century composition (memorization not required)

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Clarinet

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1.

Prescreen requirements:

Any Rose etude and the exposition of Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A major K. 622

Audition requirements:

Undergraduate

  • All major and minor scales and arpeggios (not required on video recordings)
  • Mozart, Clarinet Concerto (first movement)
  • Solo passages from Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnol
  • Mendelssohn, Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Solo piece selected by the student

Graduate

  • Mozart, Clarinet Concerto (first movement)
  • Solo passages from Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnol
  • Mendelssohn, Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Solo piece selected by the student
  • A major 20th- or 21st-Century solo work

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Collaborative Piano

A prescreening recording is not required. If you wish to upload a video or audio recording with your application, you may do so. That recording should consist of a movement of a larger solo work or a short solo work, a movement of a duo sonata, and an aria.

The required audition repertoire is as follows (items 1-6):

  1. Perform one solo piece of choice.

  2. Choose one sonata:

    Beethoven
    Sonata #5, Violin and Piano, Opus 24
    Sonata #7, Violin and Piano, Opus 30, #2
    Sonata #3, Cello and Piano, Opus 69


    Brahms
    Sonata for Violin and Piano, #2, Opus 100 in A major
    Sonata for Violin and Piano, #3, Opus 108 in D minor
    Sonata for Cello and Piano, #1, Opus 38 in E minor
    Sonata for Cello and Piano, #2, Opus 99 in F major


    Debussy
    Sonata for Violin and Piano
    Sonata for Cello and Piano


    Franck
    Sonata in A major

    Fauré
    Sonata in A major, Opus 13

  3. Choose one concerto reduction:

    Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto, Opus 35 in D major
    Sibelius, Violin Concerto in D minor, Opus 47
    Mozart, Violin Concerto, #5, K. 219 in A major
    Elgar, Cello Concerto, Opus 85
    Dvorak, Cello Concerto, Opus 104 in B minor

  4. Choose one from the following three pieces:

    Kreisler "Songs My Mother Taught Me"
    Tambourin Chinois, Opus 3
    Marche miniature Viennoise

  5. Choose three contrasting arts songs to be played in the high/soprano key. A singer will be provided for live auditions in Cleveland. One of the three selections should be prepared both to be played and sung. This will not be a test of vocal talent but rather will give some sense of ability to do more than one thing at once (as in coaching), some sense of diction abilities and textual expression.

    German

    Brahms, "Botschaft"
    Schubert, "An die Musik" or "Du bist die Ruh"
    Schumann, Postlude of "Frauenlieben und Leben" or "Dichterliebe"
    Strauss, "Ständchen"
    Wolf, "Er ist's" or "Ich hab' in Penna"

    French
    Chausson, "Le colibri" or "Les papillons"
    Debussy, Ariettes oubliées: "C'est l'extase" or "Il pleure dans mon coeur"
    Duparc, "Chanson triste"
    Fauré, "En sourdine"
    Poulenc, Fiançailles pour rire: "Violon" or "Il vole"

    English
    Barber, Hermit Songs: "St. Ita's Vision", "The Monk and His Cat", or "The Desire for Hermitage"
    Bridge, "Love Went A-Riding"
    Copland, Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson: "Nature, the gentlest mother", "Heart, we will forget him", or "Going to Heaven!"

  6. Choose on aria:

    Mozart, Countess's Recitative/Aria, "E Susanna...Dove Sono", from The Marriage of Figaro
    Puccini, Musetta's Waltz, "Quando m'en vo", from La Boheme
    Strauss, Composer's Aria, "Sein wir wieder gut", from Ariadne auf Naxos
    Stravinsky, Ann Truelove's Aria, "No Word from Tom", from The Rake's Progress

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Composition

A prescreening video is required. Requirements are the same as for a live audition.

To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1. After preliminary score review, selected applicants are invited to Cleveland for an interview and for completion of required admission examinations. To qualify for admission, this live audition is necessary.

Applicants must forward 2-3 original compositions (hard copy scores only) to the following address. Also include a CD with any recordings of these compositions, if available.

Cleveland Institute of Music
Admission Office
11021 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106 USA

Scores become the property of CIM and are not returned. Applicants for graduate programs (MM, PS, DMA) should include at least one work for large ensemble (chamber orchestra, full orchestra, or wind ensemble).

Additional supporting materials must be uploaded at the time of application to include the following:

  • A chronological list of completed compositions (including date of composition, instrumentation, duration, and any performances)
  • A short résumé showing musical activities and training
  • Two video recordings (uploaded separately) demonstrating technical and musical accomplishment on an instrument or voice. These recordings should present two (and only two) contrasting selections of the applicant's choice. Accompaniment is not required, except in voice.

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Concertmaster Academy

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1.

Prescreen requirements:

Two contrasting selections (and only two selections) of the applicant's choice

Audition requirements:

  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach sonata or partita
  • An entire standard concerto or concert piece of the applicant's choice
  • Another solo of the applicant's choice
  • Strauss, Don Juan (first page)
  • Schumann, Symphony #2 - Scherzo
  • Mozart, Symphony #39 - movements 1, 2, and 4
  • Strauss, Ein Heldenleben
  • Bach, St. Matthew Passion - Erbarme Dich

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Conducting (Orchestral)

The orchestral conducting program requires submission of required video recordings demonstrating technical and musical accomplishment on an instrument or voice. These recordings must be submitted at the time of application and should present two (and only two) contrasting selections of the applicant's choice. Each piece should be recorded separately, and accompaniment is not required, except for voice applicants. An additional and optional video may be submitted on which the applicant is conducting under rehearsal or performance conditions.

Ensembles perform for conducting auditions, under rehearsal conditions, and the following repertoire is required:

Mozart, Così fan Tutte, recitative "Ah scostati", which precedes the aria "Smanie implacabile" (#11)
Wagner, Siegfried Idyll
Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings, third movement.

On the scheduled audition date, each applicant must complete the following:

  • an interview with the Director of the Orchestral Program
  • all admission examinations
  • a written test of general knowledge, which includes score identification, foreign language terms, and transposition
  • a piano proficiency examination; each applicant must perform a solo work of choice that best reflects ability and be prepared to do sightreading.

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Double Bass

A prescreening video is required. An audio recording is acceptable, but video is preferred. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1.

Prescreen requirements:

Same as audition requirements (can be a different etude, suite, concerto or concerto movement than what is played for the live audition)

Audition requirements:

Undergraduate

  • Technical study such as Bille, Storch-Hrabe, or Simandl
  • One movement of a Bach cello suite
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire

Graduate

  • An advanced technical study
  • A work of Bach
  • Concerto selected by the applicant
  • Selected contrasting orchestral excerpts

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Eurhythmics

At the time of application, the applicant should upload two video recordings demonstrating technical and musical accomplishment on an instrument or voice. These recordings should present two (and only two) contrasting selections of the applicant's choice. Accompaniment is not required, except in voice.

Admission is determined on the basis of a personal interview and admission examinations that are administered only in Cleveland. Applicants should prepare the following minimum requirements displaying rhythmic proficiency:

  • Two contrasting exercises from Elementary Training for Musicians by Paul Hindemith. Applicants should perform the rhythm by singing, speaking, clapping, or tapping, while indicating the pulse by clapping, tapping, conducting, or stepping.
  • One rhythm selection of the applicant's choosing, displaying rhythmic devices such as polyrhythm, meter changes, mixed subdivisions of the pulse, and/or syncopation.
  • Rhythmic sight-reading will also be required

In addition, the following minimum requirements must be performed on the piano:

  • Two short selections of contrasting styles
  • Simple improvisations based on pentatonic or major/minor scales in both 4/4 and 6/8 meters

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Flute

A prescreening video is required. An audio recording is acceptable, but video is preferred. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1.

Prescreen requirements:

Same as audition requirements (can be a different etude, piece, or orchestra excerpt than what is played for the live audition)

Audition requirements:

Undergraduate

  • All major and harmonic minor scales and arpeggios in two octaves (not required on video recording)
  • Three contrasting pieces or movements of pieces, one may be an etude

Graduate

  • All major and harmonic minor scales and arpeggios in two octaves (not required on video recording)
  • Three contrasting pieces or movements of pieces, one may be an etude
  • Three contrasting orchestral excerpts

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Guitar (Classical)

A prescreening video is required. An audio recording is acceptable, but video is preferred. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1.

Prescreen requirements:

Same as audition requirements (can be different pieces than what are played for the live audition)

Audition requirements:

Undergraduate

  • Three pieces of contrasting style - the repertoire chosen must include a slow selection as well as one that demonstrates the applicant's upper level technical ability.
  • Major and minor scales, arpeggios, slur studies, and sightreading may be requested (not required on video recording).

Graduate

  • Three pieces of contrasting style, all of which must be substantial works or movements from substantial works - the repertoire chosen must include a slow selection as well as one that demonstrates the applicant's upper level of technical ability.
  • Major and minor scales, arpeggios, slur studies, and sightreading may be requested (not required on video recording).

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Harp

A prescreening is recording not required. If you wish to upload a video or audio recording with your application, you may do so. That recording should consist of a 5 minute sample of your audition repertoire (your choice).

Audition requirements:

  • Two solo works of contrasting style (preferably memorized)
  • Level III Warm-Up from On Playing the Harp by Yolanda Kondonassis
    (published by Carl Fischer)
  • One orchestral excerpt of the applicant's choice

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Harpsichord

A prescreening recording is not required. If you wish to upload a recording with your application, you may do so. That recording should consist of selections from the audition repertoire (your choice).

Undergraduate
(application video recordings may be performed on the harpsichord or piano)

  • All major and minor scales and arpeggios in three octaves (not required on video recording)
  • A work by Bach (at least 3 movements if a suite)
  • A sonata by Scarlatti
  • One movement of a sonata by C.P.E. Bach, Haydn, or Mozart

Graduate

  • A substantial work by Bach (complete)
  • A sonata by Scarlatti or Soler
  • A toccata, tombeau, or unmeasured prelude from the 17th Century
  • A suite by Couperin, Rameau, Duphly, or the equivalent

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Horn

A prescreening video is required. An audio recording is acceptable, but video is preferred. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1.

Prescreen requirements:

Same as audition requirements (can be a different etude, solo or concerto, and excerpts than what is played for the live audition)

Audition requirements:

Undergraduate

  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios (not required on recorded auditions)
  • Etude by Kopprasch or the equivalent
  • Solo or concerto selected by the student
  • Selected contrasting orchestral excerpts

Graduate

  • Solo or concerto selected by the student
  • Advanced etude (Gallay, Kling, or Maxime-Alphonse)
  • Selected contrasting orchestral excerpts

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Oboe

A prescreening video is required. An audio recording is acceptable, but video is preferred. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1.

Prescreen requirements:

An etude of your choice from Barret or Ferling and a solo of your choice OR a live recording of a recent recital

Audition requirements:

  • Etude by Barret or Ferling
  • Baroque or Classical work
  • 20th or 21st Century work

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Organ

A prescreening video is required. An audio recording is acceptable, but video is preferred. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1.

Prescreen requirements:

Same as audition requirements

Audition requirements:

  • A work of Bach
  • A 19th Century work
  • A 20th or 21st Century work

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Piano

A prescreening video is required. An audio recording is acceptable, but video is preferred. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1.

Prescreen requirements:

Same as audition requirements (can be different pieces than what are played for the live audition)

Audition requirements:

  • Undergraduate
    The applicant must include three memorized works of contrasting styles, one of which should be a movement of a Classical sonata (Schubert is acceptable).
  • Graduate
    The applicant must include three memorized works of contrasting styles, one of which should be a complete Classical sonata (Schubert is acceptable).

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Timpani & Percussion

A prescreening recording is not required.

Audition requirements:

Undergraduate

  • Snare Drum: Demonstrate advanced skills by performing rolls, rudiments and/or other technical aspects of snare drumming in two contrasting etudes from advanced sources; e.g., Delécluse, Peters, Goldenberg, Wilcoxin, or Pratt. The performance of orchestral excerpts is optional for undergraduate applicants.
  • Keyboard Percussion: Show evidence of advanced technical and musical skills by performing at least two contrasting movements from one or more concerti or solo works; e.g. Stout: Mexican Dances; Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin; Creston: Concertino for Marimba; or works by Abe, Burritt, Smadbeck, etc. The performance of orchestral excerpts is optional for undergraduate applicants. Applicants may be asked to demonstrate advanced technical skills by performing scales, arpeggios, and/or other technical exercises.
  • Timpani: Demonstrate skills in performance of rolls and single strokes. Perform at least one etude or solo for three or four timpani, showing musicianship and aptitude. Show knowledge of intervals, pitch recognition and tuning ability. Perform at least one standard Classical timpani part (Beethoven or Mozart).
  • Sightreading may be requested in any segment of the audition.

All students study both percussion and timpani. Study during the third and fourth years is customarily in the major field of concentration, as determined by the department in consultation with the student. However, with the agreement of the department, in consultation with the student, a student may continue to study both percussion and timpani during the third and fourth years of the undergraduate program.

Graduate

Customarily students confine their studies to one field of concentration (either Percussion or Timpani). However, with agreement of the department, in consultation with the student, it is possible to study both Percussion and Timpani at the graduate level. To qualify for study in two fields of concentration, applicants must demonstrate musical and technical mastery by performing the audition requirements applicable to each major area of concentration.

Percussion

  • Five contrasting orchestral excerpts each for snare drum, xylophone, and glockenspiel
  • One advanced orchestral excerpt for vibraphone, tambourine, cymbals, and triangle may be heard as time permits
  • An advanced keyboard solo suitable for a senior recital
  • An advanced snare drum etude or solo
  • Show basic technical and eartraining skills on timpani
  • Sightreading may be requested in any segment of the audition.

Timpani

  • Demonstrate timpani skills in performance of rolls and single strokes. Show evidence of a good ear, knowledge of intervals, and tuning ability.
  • Perform standard timpani repertoire and etudes demonstrating facility and musicianship.
  • Show evidence of basic technical knowledge of snare drum and keyboard percussion; perform one study each on snare drum and xylophone or marimba.
  • Sightreading may be requested in any segment of the audition.

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Trombone and Bass Trombone

A prescreening recording is not required. If you wish to upload an audio recording with your application, you may do so. That recording should consist of selections from the audition repertoire (your choice).

Undergraduate

  • All major and minor scales and arpeggios (not required on recorded auditions)
  • 2 contrasting technical studies, lyrical and technical, from Blazhevich or Bordogni
  • Demonstrate knowledge of tenor and alto clefs
  • Solo selected by the student
  • Contrasting orchestral excerpts such as: Mozart, Requiem; Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel; Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis; Wagner, Lohengrin; Mahler, Symphony #3
  • Sightreading (not required on recorded auditions)

Graduate

  • 2 contrasting technical studies, lyrical and technical, from Bitsch, Masson, Bozza or the equivalent
  • Solo selected by the student, demonstrating advanced musicality and technique
  • Selected contrasting orchestral excerpts such as: Ravel, Bolero; Mahler, Symphony #3; Wagner, Ride of the Walkyries; Rossini, William Tell; Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel; Bruckner, Symphony #7
  • Sightreading (not required on recorded auditions)

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Trumpet

A prescreening recording is not required. If you wish to upload an audio recording with your application, you may do so. That recording should consist of selections from the audition repertoire (your choice).

Undergraduate

  • Two etudes of contrasting style from Charlier, Brandt, Characteristic Study from Arban, or the equivalent
  • Concerto or solo piece selected by the student
  • Orchestral passages from standard repertoire optional

Graduate

  • Two etudes of contrasting style from Charlier, Brandt, Bitsch, Smith-Top Tones, Characteristic Study from Arban, or the equivalent
  • Two concerto or solo pieces of contrasting style selected by the student
  • Orchestral passages from standard repertoire

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Tuba

A prescreening video is required. An audio recording is acceptable, but video is preferred. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1.

Prescreen requirements:

Same as audition requirements (can be different pieces than what are played for the live audition)

Audition requirements:

Undergraduate

  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios (not required on recorded auditions)
  • Two contrasting etudes
  • Solo selected by the student
  • Orchestral excerpts
  • Sightreading (not required on recorded auditions)

Graduate

  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios (not required on recorded auditions)
  • Concerto selected by the student
  • Two contrasting etudes
  • Orchestral excerpts
  • Solo demonstrating contemporary techniques
  • Sightreading (not required on recorded auditions)

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Viola

A prescreening recording is not required. If you wish to upload a video or audio recording with your application, you may do so. That recording should consist of selections from the audition repertoire (your choice).

Undergraduate
(must be played from memory)

  • All major and minor scales in three octaves (for recorded auditions, play one scale slurring six and another scale with a spiccato stroke)
  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach sonata, suite, or an equivalent solo work
  • One movement from a standard viola concerto

Graduate
(must be played from memory)

  • All major and minor scales in three octaves (for recorded auditions, play one scale slurring six and another scale with a spiccato stroke)
  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach sonata, suite, or an equivalent solo work
  • A movement from a sonata or other short piece for viola
  • One movement from a standard viola concerto

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Violin/Violin Suzuki Pedagogy

A prescreening video is required. An audio recording is acceptable, but video is preferred. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1.

Prescreen requirements:

One movement of a concerto, one movement of Bach, and one etude

Audition requirements:

Undergraduate
(must be played from memory)

  • All major and minor scales/arpeggios in three octaves (not required on video recording)
  • Two etudes or caprices by Dont, Gavinies, Kreutzer, Paganini, Rode, or the equivalent
  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach sonata or partita (Ciaccona from Bach's Second Partita may be used as the equivalent.)
  • One movement from a standard concerto

Graduate
(must be played from memory)

  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach sonata or partita (Ciaccona from Bach's Second Partita may be used as the equivalent.)
  • An entire standard concerto or concert piece of the applicant's choice
  • Other solo of the applicant's choice
  • Scales, arpeggios, and thirds may be requested (not required on recorded auditions)

For an Artist Diploma or DMA audition, the violin faculty selects from the following requirements:

  • An entire sonata or partita for violin solo by Bach
  • A first movement with cadenza of a Mozart violin concerto
  • Two Paganini caprices or a substantial virtuoso piece: Ravel Tzigane, St. Saëns Rondo Capriccioso, Ysaÿe Ballade, Sarasate Carmen Fantasy (or another piece of the candidate's choice as approved by the head of the violin department)
  • A complete Romantic violin concerto with appropriate cadenzas (Beethoven Concerto also acceptable)

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Voice

A prescreening recording is required. An audio recording is acceptable, but video is preferred. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1.

Accompaniment is required for voice applicants, both on recordings and in live auditions. CIM will provide an accompanist for live auditions.

Prescreen requirements:

Same as audition requirements

Audition requirements:

Undergraduate
(must be performed from memory)

  • Applicants must prepare from the classical vocal repertoire three selections -- one in Italian, one in English, and one in any language of choice.
  • Each applicant performing live in Cleveland will be scheduled for 30 minutes of warm-up time immediately before the audition. At that time, the applicant will bring copies of the audition repertoire and meet with the accompanist.

Graduate
(must be performed from memory)

  • Applicants must prepare four selections representing a variety of musical styles and periods in four languages (English, French, German, and Italian), one of which must be an operatic aria.
  • Each applicant performing live in Cleveland will be scheduled for 30 minutes of warm-up time immediately before the audition. At that time, the applicant will bring copies of the audition repertoire and meet with the accompanist.

For DMA, Artist Diploma, or Professional Studies auditions:
Five selections in four languages (one each in English, French, German, and Italian) representing a variety of musical styles and periods; the fifth selection may be in any language of choice. Two of the five selections must be operatic arias.


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Admission

Lynn M. Johnson

Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management

p. 216.795.3107

e. admission@cim.edu

Stefani Rose

Assistant Director of Admissions

p. 216.791.5000 ext. 243

e. stefani.rose@cim.edu

Jessica Agnor

Admissions Counselor

p. 216.791.5000 ext. 207

e. jessica.agnor@cim.edu

Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

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