When you study clarinet at CIM, your playing will develop through weekly private lessons with practicing professionals. Your private instruction focuses on performance not only for clarinet, but also for bass and E-flat clarinets.

As a woodwind student you’ll also be part of a department that’s designed to maintain a carefully balanced enrollment. This means that you’re ensured ample performance experience in a broad spectrum of musical groups, including rotations in two orchestras, new music ensemble and chamber music.

Alumni Success

Meet Benjamin Lulich

Benjamin Lulich publicity photo

Benjamin Lulich is the principal clarinet of the Seattle Symphony. He has held positions in Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Colorado Music Festival and Festival Mozaic, and has performed frequently with The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Symphony, IRIS Orchestra and many other ensembles. While at CIM he studied with current clarinet department head, Franklin Cohen. 

Notable Alumni

  • Boris Allakhverdyan, student of Franklin Cohen, is the principal clarinetist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He previously served as Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Associate Principal Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony.