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. 

Applications for Spring and Fall 2019 are now open.


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

Mar 20 Wed
8:00 pm
Second Professional Studies Recital: Mingyao Zhao, cello
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Mar 21 Thu
4:00 pm
First Master of Music Recital: Eleanor Lee, cello
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Mar 21 Thu
6:00 pm
Student Recital: Jiwon Kim, viola
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Mar 21 Thu
8:00 pm
Junior Recital: Sofia Hashemi-Asasi, violin
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Mar 22 Fri
5:00 pm
Callisto Quartet in Naples
Chamber Music Performance, Concert Series