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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. 

Students can apply for Fall 2022 beginning September 1! If you have questions about the application process, please connect with the Admissions team by emailing


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. 

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

Fast Facts



Up to 350 students; 62% undergraduate, 38% graduate

Degrees and Certificates

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


105 conservatory 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

Sep 24 Fri
7:00 pm
CIM Orchestra: Symphony Celebration
Orchestra Performance, Concert Series
Sep 29 Wed
7:00 pm
Faculty Recital: Carolyn Warner & Friends XVIII
Faculty Recital, Kulas Artist Series, Concert Series
Oct 22 Fri
7:30 pm
Senior Recital: Claire Peyrebrune, viola
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Nov 29 Mon
7:00 pm
String & Piano Ensembles Concert I
Chamber Music Performance, Concert Series
Nov 30 Tue
7:00 pm
String & Piano Ensembles Concert II
Chamber Music Performance, Concert Series