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

Dec 15 Sat
11:30 am
Preparatory Cello Studio Recital
Preparatory & Continuing Education
Dec 16 Sun
2:00 pm
Preparatory Cello Studio Recital
Preparatory & Continuing Education
Jan 12 Sat
6:00 pm
First Master of Music Recital: Gabe Napoli, viola
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Jan 15 Tue
8:00 pm
Second Master of Music Recital: Eva Kennedy, viola
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Jan 16 Wed
8:00 pm
First Artist Diploma Recital: James Thompson, violin
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals