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

  • Timothy Adams, Professor of Timpani & Percussion, University of Georgia
  • Curt Armbruster, Principal Timpanist, US Air Force Band in Washington, DC
  • James Babor, Percussionist, The Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra
  • Fredrik Bjorlin, Principal Percussionist, Goteburg (Sweden) Symphony Orchestra
  • Matthew Bassett, Principal Timpanist, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Jay Burnham, Principal Timpanist, Alabama Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Alexander Cohen, Principal Timpanist, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Jeffrey DeRoche, Percussionist, The Navy Band, in Washington, DC
  • Jeremy Epp, Principal Timpanist, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • David Fishlock, Principal Percussionist, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Concerts and events

Feb 1 Fri
8:00 pm
CIM Orchestra & Guest Conductor Stefan Sanderling
Orchestra Performance, Concert Series
Feb 13 Wed
8:00 pm
CIM Orchestra & Guest Conductor Carolyn Kuan
Orchestra Performance, Concert Series
Mar 5 Tue
4:00 pm
Spring Conservatory Concerto Competition
Competition, Concert Series
Mar 29 Fri
8:00 pm
CIM Orchestra & Guest Conductor Gerhardt Zimmermann
Orchestra Performance, Concert Series
Mar 30 Sat
6:00 pm
A Legacy in Bloom: Celebrating Clara T. Rankin
CIM Women's Committee Presents, Concert Series