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Upcoming Events

  • Mary Martin: America's Sweetheart

    October 26, 2014, 2:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Hosted by Bill Rudman
    Music Direction by Nancy Maier
    Featuring Ursula Cataan and Sandra Simon

  • Mary Martin: America's Sweetheart

    October 26, 2014, 7:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Hosted by Bill Rudman
    Music Direction by Nancy Maier
    Featuring Ursula Cataan and Sandra Simon

  • Faculty Recital

    October 29, 2014, 8:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Marla Berg, soprano, guest artist
    Tanya Ell, cello, guest artist
    Robert Woolfrey, clarinet, guest artist
    Massimo La Rosa, trombone
    Linda Jones, piano

CIM boasts a large Viola Department, headed by Cleveland Orchestra Principal Violist, Robert Vernon. As with CIM's other string departments, the focus is on orchestral playing, and four of the five viola teachers are members of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Combined viola classes provide opportunities to play for other students and teachers, and the Orchestra Repertoire class is widely recognized for its outstanding preparation of students for professional orchestra auditions.

CIM's reputation for outstanding viola playing and teaching attracts students of extraordinary talent and determination, ensuring a stimulating and encouraging environment to hone skills essential for the future.


Student successes:

  • Yu Jin, violist of the internationally acclaimed Miami Quartet, in residence at Kent State University and the Hartt School of Music. The quartet plays over 60 concerts a year.

  • Abigail Evans, Assistant Principal Viola of the National Symphony.
  • Mary Cowell, violist in the Colorado Symphony.
  • Diane Wuthrich, violist in the Tucson Symphony.
  • Katherine Lewis, Assistant Professor of Viola at Illinois State University.
  • Daphne Gerling, Assistant Professor of Viola at Valdosta State University.
  • Ayn Balija, Lecturer of Viola at the University of Virginia.
  • Karina Schmitz, Principal Violist of Apollo's Fire.
  • Thomas Bandar, violist in the Spokane Symphony.
  • Bonnie Yeager, violist with The Phoenix Symphony.
  • Naimah Bilal, 2008-2009 Orchestra Management Fellow, League of American Orchestras.
  • Timothy D. Zeithamel, Associate Principal Violist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.

Meet the CIM String Faculty.