Alum Creates Innovative Cello Strap

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Cleveland Institute of Music alum Michael Block (BM ’04, Aaron) has engineered an innovative new strap for the cello that allows cellists to perform while standing. The officially named Block Strap started as an idea which manifested itself in multiple variations that utilized guitar straps, rope, tape and dishtowels. Now, with the kinks worked out, Block’s design is sold commercially with testimonials from Yo-Yo Ma, Natalie Haas and Boston Symphony cellist Alexandre Lecarme.

CIM Welcomes Young Talent this Summer

The halls at the Cleveland Institute of Music  weren’t empty for long, as CIM’s Young Composers Program and Summer Sonata got underway this week. Both programs bring in top young musicians to study in weeklong intensives which culminate in recitals in Mixon Hall. “The Young Composers Program and Summer Sonata are excellent opportunities for aspiring young musicians to study with world class performers and teachers in a musically rich environment that nurtures creativity, communication, collaboration and craft,” says Marci Alegant, Director of Preparatory and Continuing Education at CIM. “We look forward to welcoming students and families to CIM this summer!”

Alum and Faculty Member Makes Carnegie Debut

Cleveland Institute of Music alum and violin faculty member Jinjoo Cho (BM ’11, MM ’13, PS ’15 Kantor/Laredo) made her debut in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium Thursday, June 9, a prize awarded to her for winning the gold medal in the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI).

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