Did you know CIM was founded by a composer, Ernest Bloch? That means composition has been at our core ever since 1920.

You'll build on that legacy to write sophisticated and meaningful music for the twenty-first century. As you find your own voice and learn how to shape the architecture of a piece, you'll also expand your musical taste and judgment.

Internationally recognized composers will meet with you in seminars, symposia and master classes. Through our unique partnership program you'll be paired with student performers and filmmakers who help bring your work to life on the stage and screen.

As a performance major, you can double major in Composition in our bachelor's, master's and artist diploma programs. Contact us to learn more.

Learn about CIM's Electronic Music Studio

Alumni Success

Our grads have been accepted for further study at:

  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Cornell University
  • Guildhall School, London
  • Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • McGill University
  • Yale University

Meet Louis Chiappetta

comp alumni

Louis received a Fulbright Foundation Grant in 2011, the year he graduated from CIM where he earned a BM degree as a student of Keith Fitch. His work has premiered at top venues, notably Carnegie Hall, London's Wigmore Hall and Aspen Music Festival. His awards include the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and American Academy of Arts and Letters. Louis continued his studies toward a DMA at Cornell University and premiered his latest work at the 2015 Musica nova Helsinki Festival. 

Concerts and events

Nov 13 Tue
12:40 pm
Music Theory Colloquium: Starting Again and Again
Master Classes & Lectures, Concert Series
Nov 14 Wed
4:00 pm
Second Master of Music Recital: Cordelia Brand, viola
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Nov 14 Wed
7:30 pm
Second Artist Diploma Recital: Heejeon Ahn, violin
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Nov 14 Wed
8:00 pm
Callisto Quartet Performs Schubert, Mozart & Bartók
Chamber Music Performance, Concert Series
Nov 14 Wed
CANCELLED: Faculty Recital: Works by Beethoven & Schubert
Chamber Music Performance, Concert Series