CIM empowers the world's most talented classical music students to fulfill their dreams and potential. Whether you envision a career as a soloist, ensemble member or chamber musician, CIM will provide the intense, complete and practical training required to accomplish even your most ambitious musical goals. 

The admission cycle for Fall 2019 is now concluded. Certain areas of study may be eligible to apply on a case by case basis. Please email for more information


At the Cleveland Institute of Music, our intensive programs focus solely on classical music. You'll learn from the best classically trained teaching faculty in the country, in an environment that's collaborative and supportive, never cutthroat. 

See what makes CIM distinctive Where does a CIM education take you?

Fast Facts



Up to 400 students; 55% undergraduate, 45% graduate

Degrees and Certificates

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Music, Artist Certificate 
Graduate: Master of Music, Professional Studies Diploma, Doctor of Musical Arts, Artist Diploma


106 conservatory faculty and 41 preparatory faculty


Nearly 30 CIM alumni are members of The Cleveland Orchestra. CIM alumni are members of opera houses and perform in many orchestras including Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, and New York Philharmonic.

Concerts and events

Jul 15 Mon
4:00 pm
Jul 19 Fri
7:00 pm
Sphinx Performance Academy Mixed Student Recital
Chamber Music Performance, Concert Series
Jul 20 Sat
12:00 pm
Sphinx Performance Academy Student Final Chamber Music Recital
Chamber Music Performance, Concert Series
Jul 26 Fri
4:00 pm
Second Master of Music Recital: Bochi Zhang, double bass
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Aug 6 Tue
2:00 pm