For more than 85 years, the Women's Committee has proudly supported the talented young musicians of the Conservatory.

The Women's Committee is one of CIM's greatest sources of support, providing time, talent, and treasure. Its 200+ members are an important resource for students. The committee strives to make them feel welcomed and supported from their first audition until they walk across the stage at Commencement.

With a mission to support and strengthen the Cleveland Institute of Music and its students, the Women's Committee consists of the general membership and an elected Board of Directors.

Members of the Committee dedicate their time and efforts to promote and support CIM by providing the greater Cleveland community with opportunities to experience the talents of CIM students and faculty.


Signature Events

The following are several of the signature activities the Women’s Committee conducts:

Student Assistance Fund
The Student Assistance Fund was established to support students so they might attend and participate in activities to further advance their musical abilities and/or education. Contributions have the potential to send students to competitions, auditions with professional orchestras, music festivals, workshops and seminars.

Student Audition Luncheons
Offered during the audition process for prospective students, volunteers serve hot meals free of charge to musicians and their families. Auditions can be stressful and these lunches provide comfort and alleviate the need for families to find a place to purchase a meal.

The Jean Wiant Thanksgiving Dinner
This event provides a special holiday dinner to students who live too far away or are, for other reasons, unable to travel home for the holiday. For international students, it's a delicious way to learn about this American tradition.

Musical Luncheon Series
The Series takes place at various venues around the Cleveland area and each luncheon includes a performance by CIM students and faculty.

Tribute Fund
This fund serves to honor or preserve the memory of family and friends in a special way. Contributions help support the Student Assistance Fund.

Women's Committee Benefit
Every other year, the Committee hosts a major benefit featuring some of music's biggest names as entertainment. Past musical guests include Dave Brubeck, Doc Severinsen, Marvin Hamlisch, Bobby McFerrin and Roberta Flack.


Join Us!

Please consider joining this vibrant group and making a difference in the lives of young musicians. Your $45 membership fee entitles you to the following benefits:

  • Invitations to Musical Luncheons and special CIM events
  • Subscriptions to CIM publications, including Notes magazine (quarterly) and electronic publications eNotes (monthly) and the Women's Committee's Musical Musings (quarterly)
  • Opportunities to assist Conservatory and Preparatory Division students
  • Inclusion in our membership directory (If membership is received by October 1)

Download the membership form here or call 216.791.5000, ext. 311 to learn more.

Officers / Executive Committee 2019-20

  • President: Jean Koznarek
  • Vice President: Gayle Konet
  • Treasurer: Margaret Weitzel
  • Recording Secretary: Susan Schwarzwald
  • Corresponding Secretary: Elaine Berg

All Board Members

Joanne Balantzow
Mary Beckenbach
Susan Silverberg Bewie
Karen Bower
Sondra Boyd
Alice Cairns
Barbara Ann Davis
Shirley Dawson
Judy Eigenfeld
Evelyn Faulkner
Nancy Gage
Lalana Green
Jan Harding
Anne Jarrad
Gail Kichler
Ann Krapf
Charlene Ratner
Doris Sopher
Ruth Tucker
Ina White
Joan Wittenberg