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  • Faculty Recital: Boulez Legacy Series

    September 28, 2016, 8:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Boulez the Friend and Teacher

    Carolyn Warner & Friends XIII

    Carolyn Gadiel Warner, piano
    Daniel Shapiro, piano
    Franklin Cohen, clarinet
    Mari Sato, violin
    Brian Thornton, cello
    Victor Beyens, violin, student artist
    James Umble, alto/soprano saxophone, guest artist
  • CIM@CMA: Music in the Galleries

    October 5, 2016, 6:00 pm
    Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland

    The popular series of monthly concerts in the galleries featuring young artists from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the joint program with Case Western Reserve University’s early and baroque music programs enters its fifth season. Outstanding conservatory musicians present mixed programs of chamber music amid the museum’s collections for a unique and intimate experience—concerts regularly feature instruments from the museum’s keyboard collection.

    From standard repertoire to unknown gems, these early-evening, hour-long performances are a delightful after-work encounter or the start of a night out. Programs announced the week of the performance.

    Free, no tickets required. More information is available at:

  • CIM@HOME: Boulez Legacy Series

    October 5, 2016, 8:00 pm
    Kulas Hall

    Boulez the Conductor

    Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra 
    Steven Smith, guest conductor 
    Joela Jones, piano

There’ll Be Bach in the Community

October 30, 2013

Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and more can be heard around town as CIM musicians play community outreach concerts throughout Northeast Ohio. Just a couple months into the school year and students have already performed dozens of recitals with many, many more planned before Thanksgiving and CIM’s winter break.

Annalisa Boerner | Community Outreach (May 2, 2011)

While its typical for conservatories to provide students with chances to perform on stage during the academic year, CIM offers student musicians a plethora of opportunities to also play outside standard concert halls–thanks to an expansive  Community Outreach program that books as many as 300 events a year.

Recent CIM graduate Annalisa Boerner (viola, BM’10, MM’12; pictured above, far right) credits the program with helping her prepare for professional auditions, saying that she learned to perform in all sorts of environments with difference audiences and that these concerts played a crucial role in improving her ability to play under pressure.

“At the same time, I was able to put smiles on the faces of audiences—young and old—and be reminded of the positivity that those performances can create,” she explains.

CIM students, sometimes on their own and sometimes alongside CIM alumni or faculty, may play two, three or more times a week as part of the program thanks to partnerships with prominent organizations throughout the area. CIM regularly works with the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, Judson Smart Living Communities, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Public and Heights Library systems—to name just a few.

Cleveland Public Library has even designated the first Saturday of the month as CIM Saturday. As part of the Library’s Music at Main program at the downtown branch, CIM students play an hour-long program of chamber music as ensembles, soloists or a combination of both.  Similarly, CIM musicians regularly perform for Music at Coventry, Monday evening concerts at the Coventry Village Library just a couple miles from campus.

While the focus tends to be on traditional repertoire, students and alumni may also play programs featuring more contemporary compositions or even works by CIM students or faculty. For example, a work by CIM composition department head Keith Fitch was performed by a student ensemble for the grand opening gala of MOCA Cleveland’s new building last year.

Beyond performance activities—that include recitals, demonstrations and even music therapy—many CIM students participate in teaching and tutoring opportunities at local schools in traditional collegiate subjects and musical programs.

So, in addition to honing her performing and audition skills, Boerner gained teaching experience through the CIM program, substituting at Royalton and Aurora schools and working at the Cleveland School of the Arts (CSA).

“The teaching that was most meaningful for me was working with our CSA students,” she says. “They were genuinely excited, absolutely interested and wanted to be taught for all the best reasons. As a teacher and performer, I can’t imagine a more meaningful place to share my music.”

Performing and teaching opportunities are available for both undergraduate and graduate students at CIM. Venues include the aforementioned libraries, museums and hospitals as well as senior living centers, residential communities, public gardens and parks, K-12 schools and more.

Sharing their musical gifts with appreciative audiences provides unique performance experiences for our students and enriches the lives of the community members for which they play. Our students find engaging with Cleveland’s communities personally rewarding and professionally beneficial. The events allow them to give back, while building their confidence as performers and developing professional skills and networking. Learn more about CIM’s Community Outreach program by visiting

See also: CIM students capture the ‘magic’ of Mozart’s opera
Westlake Observer (October 15, 2013)

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