Faculty Member Delivers “Jaw Dropping” Performance


On Friday night, Cleveland Institute of Music faculty and Cleveland Orchestra principal cellist, Mark Kosower, with pianist Jee-Won Oh, presented an evening celebrating the music of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera to great acclaim. In his review, Zachary Lewis from cleveland.com said “Kosower’s virtuosity was on almost relentless display. Time and again, one’s jaw dropped as the cellist, suavely bolstered by his partner, exploited his instrument in ways almost beyond belief, to stunning and haunting effect.”

From Brazil to Cleveland, CIM Student Builds Confidence Through Music

Cleveland Institute of Music student Felipe Brito (trombone, La Rosa) spends his Wednesday afternoons 10 miles down the road at Euclid High School where he teaches a group of teenagers in the school’s marching band. As Brito snaps his fingers along with a metronome, the brass students work through each of their parts, Brito leading the way. He’s a natural, having been teaching since 2006 in a similar community outreach program in his hometown of Itu, Brazil.

Robert Vernon to Teach Students at CIM Exclusively

When Robert Vernon announced he was retiring from The Cleveland Orchestra after 40 years serving as principal viola, he made one thing clear: he would continue to teach. For the 2016-17 year, his first year not with The Orchestra, Vernon will maintain a teaching studio exclusively at CIM—remaining co-chair of the viola department. Vernon has had an exceptional track record of getting his students placed into the world’s top orchestras. His successor, taking over as principal viola in The Orchestra is Wesley Collins, who was once his student at CIM.

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