When you study conducting at CIM, you receive an intensive experience with high-quality ensembles composed of CIM’s student musicians.

Designed with a very small enrollment of about four students, the conducting program gives you access to significant podium time to develop your training in this field. You’ll also have regular access to observe rehearsals with The Cleveland Orchestra and sectionals conducted by Orchestra principals.

Your curriculum combines conducting studies with music history and literature, theory and analysis, ensemble, and elective courses chosen in consultation with your major instructor.

Alumni Success

Conducting Alumni Include:

  • Domenico Boyagian
  • Melisse Brunet
  • Jason Seber
  • Steven Smith
  • Lucas Waldin

Meet Samuel Fuhrman

Samuel Fuhrman

Conductor, percussionist, timpanist, and arranger Samuel Fuhrman studied conducting with Carl Topilow at CIM, where he led multiple performances and received a Master of Music in 2014. In August 2013, Samuel led members of the Kiev Chamber Orchestra and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine in a performance of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring

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 25 Thu
4:30 pm
New Music Symposium Featuring Kasumi
Master Classes & Lectures, Concert Series
Oct 26 Fri
11:00 am
Cello Master Class with Edward Arron
Master Classes & Lectures, Concert Series
Oct 26 Fri
8:00 pm
L’Histoire at 100
New Music Performance, Concert Series