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 fall 2020 are due December 1! If you need assistance with the application process, please email the Admissions team at Get your application in early, apply today.


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 375 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


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

Nov 18 Mon
7:30 pm
First Master of Music Recital: Adrian Kaku, violin
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Nov 20 Wed
7:00 pm
Faculty Recital Featuring Ilya Kaler
Faculty Recital, Concert Series
Nov 20 Wed
7:00 pm
String & Piano Ensembles Concert III
Chamber Music Performance, Concert Series
Nov 21 Thu
7:00 pm
String & Piano Ensembles Concert IV
Chamber Music Performance, Concert Series
Nov 22 Fri
6:00 pm
Second Master of Music Recital: MaryGrace Bender, cello
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals