As a timpani and percussion student at CIM, you'll enjoy an intensive performance environment focused on two symphony orchestras under the guidance of principals from The Cleveland Orchestra. In addition, you’ll be involved in percussion ensemble, new music ensemble and additional ensemble options through our relationship with Case Western Reserve University.

Weekly lessons guide you in studying the fundamentals of technique, developing sight-reading and musicianship skills and learning repertoire. You will also have the opportunity to explore world music percussion and drumming techniques.

Alumni Success

Meet Eric Shin

CIM Alumnus Eric Shin, Principal Percussion at National Symphony Orchestra

Eric Shin was appointed Principal Percussionist of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2012. Previously, he was acting Principal Percussionist of the Detroit Symphony and Principal Percussionist of the Honolulu Symphony. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Ojai Music Festival, amongst many others.

Shin received his bachelors degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Richard Weiner and Paul Yancich. Upon graduation, Mr. Shin was awarded the Bruce Collie Award for percussion excellence at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Percussion Alumni Include

  • Curt Armbruster, Principal Timpanist, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • Alexander Cohen, Principal Timpanist, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
  • David Fishlock, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • Tom Freer, Assistant Principal Timpani, The Cleveland Orchestra
  • Jay Ganser, New World Symphony
  • Jauvon Gilliam, Principal Timpanist, National Symphony Orchestra
  • Mark Hodges, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Robert Klieger, Assistant Principal Percussion, Milwaukee Symphony
  • Kuljit Rehncy, Principal Timpanist, Albany Symphony Orchestra
  • Jordan Schifino, Acting Principal Percussion, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra
  • Christian Scott, Charlotte Symphony

Concerts and events

Apr 18 Wed
12:00 pm
Percussion Studio Recital
Concert Series
Apr 29 Sun
1:30 pm
Second Master of Music Recital: Tyler Niemeyer, percussion
Percussion, Conservatory Student Recitals
Apr 30 Mon
8:00 pm
Percussion Ensemble with Director Richard Weiner
Chamber Music Performance, Concert Series
May 2 Wed
4:00 pm
First Master of Music Recital: Michael Hopkins, percussion
Percussion, Conservatory Student Recitals
May 5 Sat
11:30 am
Preparatory Orchestras Concert
Ensembles, Preparatory & Continuing Education