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Upcoming Events

  • All Preparatory Honors Recital

    May 15, 2016, 3:00 pm
    Kulas Hall

    The Preparatory and Continuing Education division is pleased to present some of its finest students in our end-of-year gala recital.

    Reception following
  • Ryan Anthony and Friends

    May 20, 2016, 7:00 pm
    Severance Hall

    A special evening to raise money for Cancer Blows and the Ryan Anthony Foundation.

    Presented by the Department of Music of Case Western Reserve University.


    Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony I
    Dr. Gary M. Ciepluch, conductor
    Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony II – Symphonic Winds
    Melissa Lichtler, conductor
    Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony II – Concert Winds
    Daniel Crain, conductor
    Ryan Anthony, trumpet, guest artist
    Peter Meechan, guest composer
  • Musical Luncheon Series: CIM Alumni Giving Back

    May 25, 2016, 11:15 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Many CIM alumni stay in Cleveland after graduation. They’re performers and musical entrepreneurs building their own music ensembles, series and festivals and bringing the joy of music to the community in new and creative ways.  Join us as they share their talent and experiences.  Our host is pianist, Shuai Wang.

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John Simmons (Opera Coach) received a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Peabody Conservatory  as a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. He also holds an Artist Diploma in piano performance from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna, Austria , where he was a student of Paul Badura-Skoda. He was appointed to Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Faculty in 2005.

Simmons has appeared in numerous recitals in Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy and in the U.S. at Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall and the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York City. He has performed with such artists/ensembles as Jonas Kaufmann, Christopher Maltman, John Aler, the London Symphony Chorus, the Westminster Choir, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra in the Beyond the Score Series. Simmons has coached, taught and performed at AIMS, the Spoleto Festival USA, the Centro Studi Italiani, the Amalfi Coast, Shaker Mountain and Lincoln Center festivals. He was pianist/coach for two seasons at the Graz Oper and teaching assistant at the Hochschule für Musik in Graz, an associate coach at the Juilliard Opera Center for three years and on the coaching faculty at the CW Post campus of Long Island U for 6 years.  In 2004-5, he was guest professor of collaborative piano at Rutgers U.

While in New York, Simmons played in the voice studios of many well known teachers including Doris Yarick Cross and Anna Moffo. He was music director and pianist for New York Opera Project‘s production of Barber‘s Vanessa in 2004 and assistant conductor for the Lincoln Center Festival and U of Michigan, Ann Arbor productions of The Silver River by Bright Sheng in 2002 and 2007. Simmons is music director and conductor for Nightingale Opera Theater in Hudson, Ohio and is the pianist for the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.


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