If you’re looking for an exciting blend of solo and orchestral bass playing, look no further than CIM. Your studies here will prepare you to excel as a contemporary professional bassist.

It starts with your weekly private lessons and continues with master classes conducted by international soloists. Then you’ll take the stage to perform in solo recitals, chamber ensembles, orchestra and new music ensembles.

To prepare for professional orchestra auditions you’ll participate in our bass repertoire class. You’ll find that our small studio size creates a mutually supportive atmosphere for high-level bass playing.

Bass Department Highlights

Meet CIM Alumnus Karl Fenner

Bassist Karl Fenner publicity photo

Bassist Karl Fenner joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in January 2016. Prior to his appointment he served in the Colorado Symphony as both section and principal bass. He has been a member of the New World Symphony, Canton Symphony and as a substitute musician with both the San Antonio and Houston Symphonies. As a recitalist, Fenner performed at the International Society of Bassists convention in 2013. While at CIM, Fenner studied with Max Dimoff. 

Studying Double Bass

In addition to weekly lessons from your primary teachers, you’ll perform with the CIM Orchestra with coached double bass sectionals. You’ll also perform in the orchestral repertoire class each week. This course culminates in a regional mock audition involving other major music schools in the Cleveland and Pittsburgh areas.

Concerts and events

Sep 25 Wed
8:00 pm
Faculty Recital Featuring Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler
Faculty Recital, Concert Series
Oct 4 Fri
8:00 pm
CIM Orchestra & Guest Conductor Andrew Grams
Orchestra Performance, Concert Series
Oct 9 Wed
8:00 pm
Faculty Recital Featuring Wei-Fang Gu
Faculty Recital, Concert Series
Oct 14 Mon
8:00 pm
Oct 16 Wed
4:00 pm
Fall Conservatory Concerto Competition
Competition, Concert Series