Conservatory Faculty by Program

The Cleveland Institute of Music has assembled a dedicated faculty of international acclaim committed to leading students to the highest professional standards. These practicing artists/teachers pass on a wealth of experience to their students. Click on faculty name to read their biographical information.

* - denotes a member of The Cleveland Orchestra

** - denotes a retired member of The Cleveland Orchestra

Violin Department

Joan Kwuon, Head

Jaime Laredo

Kimberly Meier-Sims
    Violin and Suzuki Pedagogy

* William Preucil

* Stephen Rose

Joel Smirnoff

David Updegraff

Ivan Zenaty

Secondary Instructor(s)

Julie Andrejeski

Carol Ruzicka

Stephen Sims

Viola Department

* Robert Vernon, Head

Kirsten Docter

Jeffrey Irvine
    Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Viola

* Mark Jackobs

* Stanley Konopka

* Lynne Ramsey

Secondary Instructor(s)

* Lisa Boyko

Kirsten Docter

Cello Department

** Stephen Geber, Head

Melissa Kraut
    Cello and Suzuki Pedagogy

* Mark Kosower

Merry Peckham

Sharon Robinson

Alisa Weilerstein
    Visiting Artist-in-Residence

* Richard Weiss

Secondary Instructor(s)

* Bryan Dumm

Ida Mercer

* Richard Weiss

Double Bass Department

* Maximilian Dimoff, Head

* Scott Dixon

* Derek Zadinsky

Secondary Instructor(s)

Kathleen Horvath

Harp Department

Yolanda Kondonassis, Head

Secondary Instructor(s)

Jody Guinn

Guitar Department

Jason Vieaux, Head

Colin Davin

Secondary Instructor(s)

Donald Better

Erik Mann