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

Jan 28 Mon
8:00 pm
Second Artist Diploma Recital: Hannah Moses, cello
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Feb 1 Fri
8:00 pm
CIM Orchestra & Guest Conductor Stefan Sanderling
Orchestra Performance, Concert Series
Feb 2 Sat
4:00 pm
Junior Recital: Charrine Liu, violin
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Feb 2 Sat
6:00 pm
Senior Recital: Micaela Murphy, viola
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Feb 2 Sat
8:00 pm
Junior Recital: Cher Liu, violin
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals