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.

CIM is suspending conducting applications until the search for a new director of the orchestral program is concluded. Applications will not be accepted for Fall 2020.

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 his master's degree in 2014. In August 2013, Samuel led members of the Kyiv Chamber Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in a performance of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

Concerts and events

Jan 24 Fri
4:30 pm
Second Master of Music Recital: Shun Yao, conducting
Conducting, Conservatory Student Recitals
Jan 25 Sat
8:00 pm
Senior Recital: John-Paul Shoemaker, viola
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Jan 27 Mon
8:00 pm
First Master of Music Recital: Hei Kan Ho, double bass
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Jan 28 Tue
8:00 pm
Jan 30 Thu
8:00 pm
Student Recital: Lydia Rhea, cello
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals