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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.

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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