CIM provides a concentrated performance environment for all brass students. Two symphony orchestras are the primary focus of our program. Since all participants in the orchestras are student performance majors, these ensembles perform at an exceptionally high level. To complement the orchestras, there is a brass orchestral repertoire class, conducted by our colleague, Michael Sachs, principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra. This class provides intensive preparation of CIM concert repertoire as well as readings of other standard orchestral pieces.
With enrollment restricted to 10 horns, every student is assured a significant number of performance opportunities. Orchestral participation is virtually continuous. In addition, all horn majors are involved in horn class; this weekly event is devoted to CIM orchestra repertoire, readings of other major works; at times it utilizes a master-class format. Students may be involved in all types of chamber music (brass quintets, horn ensembles, brass and woodwind ensembles), wind ensemble, contemporary music, and (through our relationship with adjacent Case Western Reserve University), jazz ensembles and early music. There also is liberal access to Cleveland Orchestra rehearsals and concerts at Severance Hall, just a short walk down the street from CIM.
The joining together of a highly dedicated, focused student body and an equally professional and supportive faculty and staff is a powerful combination that encourages students to achieve the ultimate in their potential. The successes of our students are excellent testimony: Jill Bartells (Akron Symphony), Zachary Cramer (Boulder Philharmonic), Jay Matthews (Buffalo Philharmonic), Erin Cooper-Gay, Lauren Moore, and Meghan Guegold (Canton Symphony), Alan DeMattia (Cleveland Orchestra), Michael Lewellen (Fort Wayne Philharmonic), Ethan Bearman and Bruce Hudson (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Darcy Hamlin (Milwaukee Symphony and Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra), Robert Rearden (New World Symphony), Julie Bridge (Syracuse Symphony), Ronald Beitel (Utah Symphony), Michael Oswald (Victoria Symphony), Stephen Aaron (US Army Band), and Jaime Thorne (US Coast Guard Band).
- Bachelor of Music
- Master of Music
- Doctor of Musical Arts
- Artist Certificate
- Professional Studies
- Artist Diploma
Meet the CIM Brass Faculty.
Brass DivisionHorn Department
Dean of the Conservatory
216.791.5000 ext. 204
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
216.791.5000 ext. 273
For a complete list of our Conservatory departments, please see our Departments page.
For a complete list of faculty members and bios, please see our Faculty page.