Summer Festivals Are Around the Corner

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CIM faculty and students are gearing up for performance-packed summers at music festivals around the globe. Summer festivals are a staple in the classical music world for both musicians and concert-goers, offering young artists a chance to study with new teachers and guest performers, and attendees to sit on picnic blankets while watching top-tier orchestras perform in outdoor amphitheaters. From the Swiss Alps to the Colorado Rockies, you can find CIM faculty and students just about everywhere this summer! Continue reading

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360 Degrees of Sight and Sound

On Monday, April 11, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Art and Cleveland Museum of Natural History, came together for its biennial Planetarium Project, an event that showcased short films created through collaborations between CIA’s animation and game design students and CIM’s composition and sound engineering students, projected on the museum’s planetarium dome.

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CIM Voice Students Earn Top Prizes at NATS

Congratulations to the CIM voice students who participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Ohio Chapter Student Auditions on April 2, 2016 at Bowling Green State University. First prize winners included Ariana Umbriac (Billions) and Andrea Gadzinski (Southern) in categories one and two for Freshman Women, Jennifer Robble (Schiller) for Junior Women and Coraine Tate (Schiller) for Advanced College Women. Tate was also the recipient of the Richard Miller Award for Fine Singing. Several other CIM students took second and third places prizes throughout the weekend.

Complete list of award winners:

Freshmen Women, Category 1
1st, Ariana Umbriac, student of Clifford Billions

Freshmen Women, Category 2
1st, Andrea Gadzinski, student of Dean Southern

Sophomore Women
3rd, Rachel Aust, student of Mary Schiller

Junior Women
1st, Jennifer Robble, student of Mary Schiller

Senior Women and Men
3rd (tie), Naomi Columna, student of Mary Schiller
3rd (tie), Halla Kallmansson, student of Mary Schiller

Advanced College Women
1st, Coraine Tate, student of Mary Schiller
3rd, Renée Richardson, student of Mary Schiller

Advanced College Men
2nd, Daniel Fridley, student of Dean Southern

Recipient of the Richard Miller Award for Fine Singing
Coraine Tate, student of Mary Schiller

The CIM voice students and faculty express their sincere gratitude to our pianists: Nara Avetisyan, Emilie Hsu, Kayoko Miyazawa, Daniel Parvin and Adam Whiting!

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Jahja Ling Engages CIM Students and Faculty During Residency

Over the course of the spring semester, renowned director of the San Diego Symphony and CIM’s Distinguished Principal Guest Artist, Jahja Ling, worked closely with students from the Cleveland Institute of Music orchestra, vocalists and piano performance majors. But he also engaged  CIM faculty by inviting members to sit within the CIM orchestra during rehearsal for the April 6 CIM@Home concert in Kulas Hall.

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Almost Half of BSO’s Viola Section CIM Alums Thanks to Recent Appointments

CIM alums Leah Ferguson and Rebekah Edewards, both violists, have won jobs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) starting in its 2016-17 season.  Ferguson and Edewards will join fellow CIM alums Wesley Collins (BM ’07, Vernon) and Rebecca Gitter (BM ’01 Vernon) in BSO’s viola section making almost half of the section CIM graduates. Continue reading

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Faculty Wins Prestigious Award from American Academy of Arts and Letters

On March 9, the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced the recipients of its 2016 awards in music, which included head of CIM’s composition department, Keith Fitch. Fitch was awarded the Walter Hinrichsen Award for “the publication of a work by a gifted composer.”

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Jahja Ling to conduct Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra this spring

Noted conductor and music director of the San Diego Symphony, Jahja Ling has conducted every major symphony orchestra in the Unites States, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. This year he will add one more orchestra to that list: the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. Continue reading

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And the Fall 2016 soloists are…

The Spring Concerto Competition results are in! The winners are Nara Avetisyan (piano, Babayan), Christianna Bates (viola, Jackobs), Rebecca Benjamin (violin, Preucil) and Jocelyn Lai (piano, Paik). HanLin Chen (clarinet, Cohen) and Jaewon Kim (clarinet, Cohen) received honorable mentions. The winners have each earned a coveted spot to perform a solo with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra this fall.

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Alum’s performance at Wigmore Hall deemed “sensational”

CIM alum and mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts (MM ’08, Southern/ Schiller) has had five role debuts in the 2015-16 season, including her first in Europe. Since graduating, she’s appeared with The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, New Orleans Opera, Palm Beach Opera and Atlanta Opera. This past Thursday, her recital with the tenor Bryan Hymel in London’s Wigmore Hall was met with great acclaim.

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Students perform at the Kennedy Center—Watch online!

On Thursday, February 18 Cleveland Institute of Music students Yuri Noh (piano, Schenly) Coraine Tate (voice, Schiller), Bethany Hargreaves (viola, Irvine), Yurong Bao (clarinet, Cohen), Chloe Thominet (viola, Irvine), Colin Laursen (violin, Preucil), David Olson (cello, Geber) and Carter Coleman (violin, Preucil) performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of the Performing Arts Conservatory Project. Watch it online.

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