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  • Cleveland International Piano Competition

    July 26, 2016, 10:00 am
    Kulas Hall

    Golandsky Institute Workshop
    Edna Golandsky, Founder and Artistic Director of the renowned Golandsky Institute, presents a workshop and Q&A session for area piano students. The Institute is the preeminent center for the teaching of the Taubman Approach, which gives pianists the tools to play with brilliance and ease.
  • Lunch and Listen Recitals

    July 26, 2016, 12:30 pm
    Mixon Hall

    CIM alumnus Ben Malkevitch, piano, playing All-American Gems, including works by MacDowell, Barber, Bauer and Bernstein.
  • Cleveland International Music Festival - Faculty Recital

    July 31, 2016, 7:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    The 1st Cleveland International Music Festival will be held from July 29th, 2016 to August 6th, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. World-famous music maestros and eminent music educators will offer young pianists, string players and singers individual professional instruction. Cleveland is a city with abundant musical resources, and the Cleveland International Music Festival, with professionalism and precision, aim to cultivate CIMF as one of the most influential music festivals internationally.

Mrs. Franklyn B. Sanders took over the directorship in 1926. Pianist Arthur Loesser joined the faculty that year. The first Preparatory branch opened in 1927 at 2789 Lancashire Road in Cleveland Heights. "Too much importance cannot be placed upon the foundation of musical education. Children's courses, where the child is taught from the first steps through the preparatory and intermediate grades, form an important part of the courses offered at the Institute." Later, the Heights Branch was located at Cedar Road and Fairmount Boulevard, the Lakewood Branch at 15614 Detroit Avenue and the Brooklyn Branch at 3804 West 25th Street.

The School of Opera with Marcel Salzinger as director was instituted in 1927 to "give singers in this country the advantages of operatic training and experience." The Cleveland Plain Dealer said, "The Cleveland Institute of Music had a big surprise for its friends in the genuinely successful operatic performance of Cavalleria Rusticana." The Cleveland Press advised, "The demands of grand opera are numerous and exacting, but no detail had been overlooked ... the Institute has reason to be proud of the success of the School of Opera."

The 1930s continued the Institute's success. Beryl Rubinstein took the helm in 1932, and the school moved into its new quarters in June in the Samuel Mather House at 2605 Euclid Avenue. Alice Chalifoux, harp, was now on the faculty and concertizing. The Annual Program of Music by Cleveland Composers featured works by Quincy Porter and Herbert Elwell, both on the CIM faculty. The Cleveland Trio, comprised of Beryl Rubinstein, piano; Josef Fuchs, violin; and Victor de Gomez, cello, performed regularly. The CIM Women's Committee, raising funds through benefit events and other musical programs (now one of the largest donors to CIM's Annual Fund), was formed in 1933. Mrs. George P. Bickford was the first president.

Upon Mr. Rubinstein's leave of absence in 1935, Mr. Elwell was appointed assistant director. The fifteenth season celebrated with 600 students and a faculty of 40. Boris Goldovsky was named head of the opera department in 1936, and the season of lectures, recitals and concerts numbered 50. Preparatory students composed a three-act operetta to the story of "Cinderella" and entertained 1,400 concertgoers in April 1937.

A Bachelor of Music degree student paid $175 per semester in 1938-39 with lessons ranging from $1.50-$6.00. Percy W. Brown was president of the board of trustees of the college, which was a charter member of the National Association of the Schools of Music.

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