There are many opportunities for CIM composition students throughout the neighboring communities, as well. Both the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Canton Symphony regularly commission CIM students to write works for their orchestras. Other recent student commissions have included works for local dance organizations and for the Museum of Natural History; you can hear those pieces in the audio section of our Archives.
Every composition major at CIM receives a weekly individual lesson. Additionally, students are required to attend the weekly seminar, where faculty and students present their own music, meet with visiting composers, explore career options, and discuss virtually any and every topic related to being a composer in the 21st century.
A wide variety of composers with differing styles and ideas regularly visit CIM, meeting with us in seminar, talking about their music in pre-concert discussions, answering questions, and in many cases, looking at individual student works in master classes. Composers who have visited in recent years include John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Mario Davidovsky, John Corigliano, Joan Tower, Melinda Wagner, Aaron Kernis, John Harbison, Tania León, David Lang, Claude Baker, and David Rakowski, among many others.
CIM students consistently are among the nation's most honored young composers. Their awards include the prestigious BMI Student Composers Competition (three times in the past four years); the Kronos String Quartet Under 30 commission; first prizes in the ASCAP Foundation - Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the National Association of Composers USA Competition, the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Composition Prize, the Leo Kaplan Prize, the National Federation of Music Clubs competition, and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Composition Competition.
Our students have received commissions from SCI, ASCAP, the BMI Foundation, and the New York Youth Symphony, and have been chosen for the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Readings.
Additionally, CIM students have been in residence at the Copland House, Camargo (Cassis, France), the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Summer Music Festival, the Free University Berlin Institute, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and Brevard Summer Music.
Composition DivisionComposition Department
Dean of the Conservatory
216.791.5000 ext. 204
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
216.791.5000 ext. 273
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March 16, 2014, 4:00 pm
The Temple-Tifereth Israel (26000 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood)
Influences and Inspirations III: The Musical Friendship of Mozart and Haydn
CAVANI STRING QUARTET
CHAMBER MUSIC MASTER CLASSES
March 19, 2014, 10:00 am
Kulas Hall, Mixon Hall
Takács Quartet, guest artists
Edward Dusinberre, violin
Károly Schranz, violin
Geraldine Walther, viola
András Fejér, cello
CIM+MOCA: SUDDENLY IT'S EVENING
March 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
MOCA (11400 Euclid Ave., Cleveland)
Pre-concert reception at 7:30 p.m.
CIM New Music Ensemble
Keith Fitch, director