March 2011 | view online

· Fraternity Makes Tech Gift to CIM
· Honor Emeritus Faculty Through Your Annual Fund Gift
· Harmonic Hues: CIM New Music Ensemble at MOCA Cleveland
· Save the Date! CIM in San Francisco March 22
· Rising Stars
· Smirnoff Conducts CityMusic Cleveland Series
· CIM Proud Supporter of Film Festival

Fraternity Makes Tech Gift to CIM

Mu Phi Epsilon gift

CIM's chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, the service fraternity dedicated to enhancing loyalty to CIM, advancing music in the community and promoting musicianship with an emphasis on service, recently made its annual gift to the Institute. The chapter, which has approximately 20 members, presented the school with a Mino Flip Video Camera.

"We thought it would be a good idea to make an easy-to-use Flip camera available to everyone at CIM," said the chapter's President, Marisa Buchheit. "It's great for projects such as the YouTube Symphony auditions, or to make sample videos for our fraternity's Dream, Believe, Achieve! scholarship program."

The camera, which has one-touch recording, instant playback and an internal rechargeable battery, records 60 minutes of video. Officers of Mu Phi Epsilon (President Buchheit, Vice President Laura London, Secretary Joe Rebman and Treasurer Hannah Thomas Hollands) presented the camera to CIM's Director of Marketing and Communications, Lorraine Schuchart, in February.

The camera will be available for checkout to CIM students, faculty and staff for special projects.

To learn more about Mu Phi Epsilon's Dream, Believe, Achieve initiative, click here.

Honor Emeritus Faculty Through Your Annual Fund Gift

Severance Hall On April 13, CIM will celebrate its newly appointed Emeritus faculty at a CIM Orchestra event at Severance Hall. The Emeritus faculty to be recognized include Bernard Adelstein, Lawrence Angell, Margaret Brouwer, David N. Brown, Frank Caputo, Jo Anne Caputo, David Cerone, Linda Cerone, James Darling, Dean Guy, Joseph Juhos, Mary Lou Kocour, Louis Lane, Beverley Rinaldi, Gene Roy, George Vassos, David Zauder and Betty Zimmer. This special celebration presents a unique opportunity to honor Emeritus faculty who have contributed significantly to CIM.

In conjunction with this event, you may choose to honor Emeritus faculty through your gift to the Annual Fund. Your gift not only recognizes the contributions of our distinguished former faculty but also strengthens CIM by providing crucial support for our outstanding programs, faculty and students.

To make your gift, please click here to donate through our quick, secure online giving option or call 216.791.5000, ext. 360.

We hope to count you among the many who will join us in celebrating our Emeritus faculty. Please consider making your gift by April 1 in order to be recognized on any donor lists. We will notify Emeritus faculty of gifts made in their honor. Thank You!

To learn more about this final event in the CIM@Severance Hall Series, conducted by CARL TOPILOW and featuring cellist MATTHEW ALLEN, first prize winner of the 2009 Gaspar Cassado International Competition in Japan, click here.

Harmonic Hues
CIM New Music Ensemble at MOCA Cleveland April 6

Drawn Waters most sincerely

Immerse yourself in an evening of contemporary music and art. CIM's New Music Ensemble will perform John Cage's Credo in Us and Luciano Berio's Folk Songs in addition to outstanding solo violin works composed by local composer and the ensemble's director, Keith Fitch.

Tour the galleries and evocative, large-scale sculptures of Teresita Fernández, and the poignant, small-scale assemblages of Lorri Ott. Pre-concert reception starts at 6:30p.m. The concert, which begins at 7p.m. is free, but reservations are required. Seating is limited. Please call 216.421.8671 ext 70.

Save the Date! CIM in San Francisco March 22

Connect with fellow CIM alumni, parents and friends, meet President Joel Smirnoff and catch up on the latest happenings at CIM! Join us Tuesday, March 22 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., at Cellar 360 ( For more information and to make a reservation, please contact Liz Huff, 216.795.3169 or, in CIM's Alumni Relations Office by March 18. More details to follow!

Rising Stars

Joshua Rodriguez

Joshua Rodriguez, a graduate student of Keith Fitch and Mark Kohn, scored a short stop-motion film entitled, "Curiouser II" for Micaela Lynch, a Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) student, also featuring CIM violinist Charles Morey.

This year it was one of nearly 70 films accepted into the annual Student Independent Exhibition (S.I.E.) at CIA, and subsequently won two awards (First Place The Hal and Syndy Goodwin Award and Second Prize CIA Board of Directors Award).

Arianna Korting

Sixteen-year old Arianna Körting has won the first prize in the 2011 Heidelberg Performance Pacesetter Piano Competition, held at Heidelberg College. Arianna, from Gates Mills Ohio, is a scholarship piano student of Gerardo Teissonnière.

To read more recent achievements from our amazing students and recent alumni, visit our homepage at and check out the Rising Star feature!

Smirnoff Conducts CityMusic Cleveland Series

Joel Smirnoff

President Joel Smirnoff, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Grammy's for his work with the Juilliard String Quartet, will conduct a series of CityMusic Cleveland concerts in March. Smirnoff is no stranger to CityMusic, an ensemble that features many CIM students and alumni, and has guest conducted several times before. This series will feature critically acclaimed violinist Dylana Jenson March 16-19 (locations vary).

Dylana Jenson was the youngest winner and first woman to win the Silver Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition, thereby breaking gender barriers on the international classical music scene. Audiences fell in love with the young musician and her story of struggle against prejudice and triumph through the beauty of music. When she chose to marry at 21, her wealthy benefactor withdrew his support, believing a married woman could not be serious about her art. After a long struggle to reclaim her voice, Jenson has re-emerged o the classical music scene at 49, capturing sadness and longing of her struggle in the magnificence of her music.

  • Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.:
    Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, 44118
    Reservations required.
    Call 216.321.5800

  • Thursday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.:
    Elyria First United Methodist Church, 312 Third Street, Elyria 44035
    Reservations required. Call 440-322-6622

  • Friday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.:
    St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 10205 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, 44111

  • Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.:
    Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus Church, 3649 E. 65th Street, Cleveland, 44105

CIM a Proud Supporter of Film Festival
March 24 - April 3

Cleveland International Film Festival

CIM is proud to again support fellow arts organization, the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF). The Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community or, as they say on their website, "we present the newest and best films from around the world, and we do everything in our power to make sure that our audience learns something along the way - about other cultures, about the topic at hand, about the experience from the filmmakers themselves."

The CIFF opens its 35th Festival Season later this month - March 25 - with a screening of Hamill. Based on a true story of a wrestler from Loveland, OH, Hamill is a drama depicting the struggles and successes that Matt "The Hammer" Hamill faces on the way to becoming a wrestling champion. Born deaf but raised among those with the ability to hear, Matt uses his perceived disability as an asset and becomes the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Championship as well as an inspirational force to the hearing and deaf alike.

To find out more about the 150 features and 130 short films from approximately 60 countries the CIFF has to offer, click here.

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