CIM Fast Facts 2013-2014

Welcome to the Cleveland Institute of Music - a school where great music lives and is created, a school where artistry, performance, audience and community matter, a school where we change lives on a daily basis and to nurture the future lives of our musicians.

Embedded in a vibrant artistic community in the heart of Cleveland's University Circle, here you will find world-class faculty, inspiring students, unparalleled access to The Cleveland Orchestra and a multitude of outstanding institutions, including Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, and many others. Whether your interests are solo music, chamber music, new or early music, orchestral training or opera, here you will find a wonderfully rich and creative environment.

As you consider schools that may be part of your future, we hope CIM offers the type of training and support you are seeking. Our goal is to magnify the gifts of those who come to us, and to create an environment where you can grow as an artist, a musician and a human being.

Dr. Adrian Daly
Dean of the Conservatory


Main building - Opened in 1961, the main building houses teaching studios, practice rooms, Kulas Hall, Robinson Music Library, technology learning center, eurhythmics studio, orchestra library, opera theater workshop and studio, and the CIM Music Store.

  • Kulas Hall - A concert space seating more than 500, the hall features a Holtkamp three-manual tracker organ and a stage that can accommodate the CIM Orchestra or a fully-staged opera.

  • Mixon Hall - A 235-seat, state-of-the-art recital hall that includes the Robert & Jean Conrad Control Room for high-tech recording and broadcasting, and a beautiful view of the Gilliam Music Garden.

  • Robinson Music Library - This expanded facility features a high-tech media center, and includes a collection of more than 53,000 scores and books, 23,000 AV materials. It also is linked to the Case Western Reserve library system.

  • Technology Learning Center - Located in the lower level of the main building, the lab has 10 workstations. Each is equipped with the Windows 7 operating system, MS Office, internet access, DVD+/-RW drives, MIDI keyboards, stereo headphones and other software programs to assist students and faculty with music composition, orchestration and more.

  • CIM Music Store - Located on the lower level of the main building, the store offers a wide selection of textbooks, music and music accessories as well as CIM apparel and other logo items.

Fred A. Lennon Building - A new facility added to CIM's main building, featuring practice rooms, teaching studios, extensive facilities for audio recording and distance learning, a student lounge, outdoor terrace and administrative offices.

  • Audio recording studios - State-of-the-art digital recording and CD production facilities, including a THX-certified studio.

Hazel Annex - Adjacent to CIM's main building, the Annex provides additional studios and practice rooms.

Cutter House residence hall -Also adjacent to the main building, Cutter House accommodates 100 CIM students.




Through a cooperative arrangement with Case Western Reserve University (, CIM students have access to university facilities and courses, including the ability to pursue minor or dual-degree study.

Exchange Programs

CIM maintains exchange programs with the Conservatoire de Paris, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Royal Danish Academy of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and Université de Montréal.

Distance Learning

Distance Learning programs at CIM connect in real time to teachers and students throughout the world through high-speed videoconferencing technology. Students participate in performances and master classes in collaboration with the New World Symphony, Royal College of Music in London and many other quality venues. CIM is an affiliate member of the Internet2 high-speed network and offers many exciting Distance Learning programs for Pre-K through high school. More than 500 programs reach 11,000 students annually.


CIM's college division enrolls more than 450 students and is broadly representative in its composition: 55% from 49 states, 30% from 25 countries, 15% from Ohio, and 60% are undergraduates.


Graduates represent all 50 states and 46 foreign countries. Thirty-seven alumni are members of The Cleveland Orchestra. In addition, CIM alumni perform with many of the world's most acclaimed organizations, including orchestras and opera companies, and hold prominent teaching positions worldwide.

Attend CIM

Approximately 1,200 people apply for 150 new-student openings, of which 60-70 are for freshmen; 81% of entering freshmen graduate within five years, and retention is high with 95-100% of non-graduating students enrolling for continuing study.


Approximately 96% of students receive scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans.

Tuition $42,250 | Room & Board $12,843 (varies with personal choice)

Housing: First- and second-year undergraduate students live on campus in CIM's residence hall. Other students live off campus in neighborhoods close to the school.


CIM's application is available online at Complete application and audition instructions can be found at



The CIM concert season includes more than 100 programs each year. These feature the CIM Orchestra, including five appearances in Severance Hall during 2013-2014, New Music Ensemble, chamber music, faculty and visiting artist recitals and Pianofest. Additionally, more than 300 student recitals are presented each year.


The CIM Opera Theater annually presents two fully staged and costumed operas as well as a selection of staged and costumed scenes.

Master Classes

Students work with distinguished faculty and guest artists throughout the year. In recent years, master classes have been hosted by world-class artists including Richard Goode, Steven Isserlis, Emanuel Ax (pictured) and Warren Jones among others.



Audio Recording: Bruce Egre

Bassoon: John Clouser*, Barrick Stees*

Cello: Cello: Stephen Geber**, Mark Kosower*, Melissa Kraut, Merry Peckham, Sharon Robinson, Alisa Weilerstein, Richard Weiss*

Clarinet: Franklin Cohen*

Collaborative Piano: Anita Pontremoli

Composition: Keith Fitch

Conducting, Orchestral: Carl Topilow

Double Bass: Maximilian Dimoff* and Scott Dixon*, Derek Zadinsky*

Eurhythmics: Brian Sweigart

Flute: Joshua Smith*, Mary Kay Fink*

Guitar: Jason Vieaux

Harp: Yolanda Kondonassis

Harpsichord: L. Peter Bennett

Horn: Richard Solis**, Richard King*

Oboe: Frank Rosenwein*, Elizabeth Camus**, Jeffrey Rathbun*

Organ: Todd Wilson

Piano: Kathryn Brown, Sergei Babayan, Emanuela Friscioni, HaeSun Paik, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Olga Radosavljevich, Paul Schenly, Daniel Shapiro, Sandra Shapiro

Timpani & Percussion: Paul Yancich*, Richard Weiner**, Marc Damoulakis*

Trombone and Bass Trombone: Massimo La Rosa*

Trumpet: Michael Sachs*, Michael Miller*

Tuba: Yasuhito Sugiyama*

Viola: Robert Vernon*, Jeffrey Irvine, Kirsten Docter, Mark Jackobs*, Stanley Konopka*, Lynne Ramsey*

Violin: Stephen Rose*, Joan Kwuon, Jaime Laredo, Kimberly Meier-Sims, William Preucil*, Joel Smirnoff, David Updegraff, Ivan Zenaty

Voice: Mary Schiller, Clifford Billions, Vinson Cole, Dean Southern

*current member of The Cleveland Orchestra
**retired member of The Cleveland Orchestra

Specialized Studies

Brass/Woodwind Chamber Music: Elizabeth Camus*, Richard Stout*, John Clouser*, Franklin Cohen*, Richard King*, Michael Sachs*, Joshua Smith*, Richard Solis**, Barrick Stees*, Yasuhito Sugiyama*, Edward Zadrozny

Conducting, Choral: David Gilson, Todd Wilson

English as a Second Language: Paulette Goll

Ensembles: Carl Topilow - Orchestra, Keith Fitch - New Music, Gary Ciepluch - Wind Ensemble

Feldenkrais: Samantha Damoulakis, Russell Hall

Historical Performance: Julie Andrijeski, Peter Bennett, Debra Nagy

Music Literature: Paul Cox, Erik Mann, Quentin Quereau, Carol Ruzicka, John Simmons, Dean Southern

Music Theory: Richard Nelson, Timothy Cutler, Marshall Griffith, Jeanette Davis Ostrander, Lisa Rainsong, Diane Urista, Donald Watts

Opera Theater: David Bamberger, Harry Davidson and John Simmons

Orchestral Keyboard: Joela Jones*

Popular Music: Don Better, Joan Ellison, Jamey Haddad, Kip Reed

String/Piano Chamber Music: Peter Salaff, Kathryn Brown, Scott Dixon*, Stephen Geber**, Stanley Konopka*, Mark Kosower*, Jaime Laredo, Anita Pontremoli, Lynne Ramsey*, Sharon Robinson, Daniel Shapiro, Sandra Shapiro, Carolyn Gadiel Warner*, Ivan Zenaty, The Cavani String Quartet (Kirsten Docter, Annie Fullard, Merry Peckham and Mari Sato)

Vocal Coaching: Kathryn Brown, Linda Jones, John Simmons

World Music Rhythms: Jamey Haddad, Kip Reed, Ashley Summers

More Information: To learn more about CIM's world-class faculty, visit the Our Faculty page.

Case Western Reserve University: Music history, music education, performance practice courses, and ensembles are available to CIM students through the Case Western Reserve University Music Department.

A roster of the CWRU music faculty can be found at


Find CIM Online

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Mobile Applications: In 2011, CIM became the first music school to launch mobile apps simultaneously for the iPhone and Android mobile platforms as well as a mobile website for Blackberry, Palm and Symbian Smartphone users. This was accomplished through a partnership with

Around Town

CIM is located in Cleveland's University Circle, a unique, cultural, educational, and scientific center five miles east of downtown Cleveland. Contained within its park-like 500 acres are more than thirty institutions that together, constitute one of the largest diversified cultural complexes in the world.

Cleveland is an arts town with a renowned orchestra, several exceptional museums, Playhouse Square (the second largest theater district in the U.S.) and much more. It is also a major sports town, where we cheer our professional baseball, football, and basketball teams. Located on Lake Erie and surrounded by scenic park systems, the metropolitan area offers wonderful opportunities to hike, bike, canoe, kayak, sail and fish. Cleveland is a friendly town, where we celebrate our rich and diverse ethnic heritage with festivals and parades. We also have diverse cuisine offering everything from pierogi to gourmet dining. You can learn more about Cleveland online at or

Getting Here

Be sure to check out our Visitor Guide, which can be found at The Cleveland and northeast Ohio metropolitan area is served by the following:

Cleveland Hopkins Airport:
Akron-Canton Airport:
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority:
Greyhound Bus Lines:
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Cleveland Institute of Music
11021 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 USA
216.791.5000 (main phone)
216.795.3107 (admission office)


Lynn M. Johnson

Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management

p. 216.795.3107


Stefani Rose

Assistant Director of Admissions

p. 216.791.5000 ext. 243


Jessica Agnor

Admissions Counselor

p. 216.791.5000 ext. 207


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

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