When you study organ at CIM, your curriculum will emphasize performance and practical training in aspects of church music, choral studies and teaching.

Church music internships are a key component of your program — they provide stipends, partial scholarship support and real-world experience. Each year, you’ll participate in master classes by organists of international standing.

You’ll practice and perform on a variety of instruments, including the recently renovated three-manual mechanical-action Holtkamp in CIM's Kulas Hall, practice organs by Ruggles and Holtkamp, and outstanding instruments in a number of other area churches.

Alumni Success

Meet Leslie Teardo

leslie teardo

Leslie Teardo is the associate organist at St Lukes Episcopal Church in Birmingham Alabama.She earned her bachelor's in both Organ Performance and Dalcroze Eurhythmics from CIM, studying with Todd Wilson and David Brown. She received her master's from Yale University and was formerly Director of Music and Liturgical Arts at the United Methodist Church of Westport in Connecticut. 

Notable CIM Organists

  • Joseph Rush
  • John Alexander
  • Kyle Ballantine
  • Scott Hayes
  • Hyunju Hwang
  • Kevin Kwan
  • Paula Maust
  • Patrick Parker
  • Abigail Rockwood
  • Marquis Ryan
  • Michael Schaner
  • Nicholas Steltzer
  • Leslie Teardo
  • David Uschold

Concerts and events

Nov 17 Sat
1:00 pm
Viola Master Class with Sheila Browne
Master Classes & Lectures, Concert Series
Nov 17 Sat
8:00 pm
O Jerusalem! Crossroads of Three Faiths
Chamber Music Performance, Concert Series
Nov 18 Sun
4:00 pm
Preparatory String Department Recital
Department Recital, Preparatory & Continuing Education
Nov 19 Mon
10:00 am
Violin Master Class with David Kim
Master Classes & Lectures, Concert Series
Nov 26 Mon
4:30 pm
Chamber Music Master Class with Philip Setzer
Master Classes & Lectures, Concert Series