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 in Miami Beach, FL, the Canton Symphony in Canton, OH, 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

Oct 24 Wed
8:00 pm
First Master of Music Recital: Tyler DeVigal, cello
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Oct 24 Wed
8:00 pm
Childhood Favorites
Chamber Music Performance, Concert Series
Oct 26 Fri
11:00 am
Cello Master Class with Edward Arron
Master Classes & Lectures, Concert Series
Oct 28 Sun
7:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Wei-Fang Gu & Anita Pontremoli
Faculty Recital, Concert Series
Oct 30 Tue
7:30 pm
Senior Recital: Sarah Miller, cello
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals