Spring Semester

Find CIM’s plan for Spring 2021, learn about the safety measures in place and access resources at cim.edu/return-to-campus.

The Cleveland Institute of Music is one of just seven independent conservatories of music in the United States, one of three devoted exclusively to classical music performance. CIM students benefit from access to world-renowned visiting artists and conductors, intensive study with CIM’s stellar faculty and the rich curriculum offered by CIM’s partner Case Western Reserve University. CIM’s graduates command the most celebrated and revered stages in the world as soloists, chamber musicians and ensemble members; compose award-winning repertoire; and are sought-after teaching artists, administrators and thought leaders. More than half of the members of The Cleveland Orchestra are connected to CIM as members of the faculty, alumni or both.

The Institute’s diverse talent tapestry uniquely positions CIM as the future of classical music. Learn more about CIM's mission and vision.


We rely on the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations to support our programs. Learn how your gift can shape the future of music. 

Fast Facts

Our Students

  • 1:5.2 faculty-student ratio
  • Up to 350 students enrolled
  • 62% undergraduate, 39% graduate
  • 27% international
  • Over 1,100 Preparatory and Continuing Education students enrolled

Admission & Alumni

  • $40,000 average tuition 
  • 105 conservatory faculty and 47 preparatory faculty
  • Approximately 4,800 alumni
  • Nearly 30 alumni are members of The Cleveland Orchestra


  • Located in the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Nearly 600 concerts/events annually, most free and open to the public
  • Community outreach includes our partnership with Judson Manor and teaching applied lessons at Cleveland School of the Arts 

Concerts and events

May 7 Fri
5:00 pm
Second Master of Music Recital: Konrad Kowal, violin
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
May 7 Fri
7:00 pm
Advanced String Quartet Program Concert
Chamber Music Performance, Kulas Artist Series, Concert Series
May 8 Sat
6:00 pm
Senior Recital: James Hettinga, cello
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
May 8 Sat
7:00 pm
Second Master of Music Recital: Sydney Link, viola
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
May 8 Sat
8:30 pm
Third Artist Diploma Recital: Mingyao Zhao, cello
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals