Chamber music is based on close, personal collaboration—and that’s what you’ll get at CIM. Through our relationship with adjacent Case Western Reserve University, you can also participate in jazz ensembles and early music performance.

From these close-knit programs you’ll learn about more than getting the notes right or playing at the same tempo—you’ll learn to connect with your fellow musicians and bring that connection to the audience.

Read on to find out how CIM's programs and performance opportunities will help you develop skills for building a career in chamber music. 

Winter Chamber Music Festival

The Winter Chamber Music Festival features performances from all students enrolled in string and piano chamber music program. You'll have an opportunity to participate in the following events:

  • Marathon Concert Performance
  • Master classes and a concert by a guest artist string quartet
  • Intensive Quartet Seminar Gala Concert
  • Advanced Piano Trio Program Gala
  • Concerts featuring wind and brass ensembles

Advanced String Quartet Program

  • Enrollment limited to six String Quartets
  • Entire works performed, selected by faculty
  • Focus on theme composer or thematically linked repertoire, i.e. The Six Quartets of Bela Bartok or "The Great Romantics": Quartets of Brahms, Schumann & Schubert
  • Special attention to dynamics of teamwork and ensemble playing
  • Performance opportunities include weekly master classes, Guest Artist Master Classes, Intensive Quartet Seminar Gala concert, Winter Festival Marathon Concert, and Community Engagement Programs

Outreach Program

Thanks to CIM's longstanding and unique relationship with the renowned Cleveland Chamber Music Society, the students have access to an Outreach Program, in which a CIM String Quartet, Brass or Woodwind Quintet is chosen to perform in eight Cleveland Area Schools and featured in an Young Artist Showcase concert.