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Requirements for All Applicants:

Apply Online

Apply to CIM

The deadline to submit the application and prescreen video is December 1. If you are interested in Spring entry, the deadline is October 1.  

Application Fee

A $110 nonrefundable application fee is submitted online with the application. 

  • The application fee increases to $160 at 12am on December 2. 

  • Eligible first-time freshman and undergraduate transfer applicants may request an application fee waiver with applications submitted before 12am on December 2. 

Prescreen Video

Repertoire for prescreening and audition may differ. Applicants in the following areas must upload prescreening videos to the application: 

  • Cello, clarinet, composition, double bass, flute, guitar, horn, oboe, orchestral conducting, organ, piano, timpani and percussion (graduates only), trumpet, viola, violin and voice. 

  • All doctor of musical arts and artist diploma applicants must submit prescreening videos. If your area does not have prescreening material, please submit at least 30 minutes of audition repertoire

Resume and Essay


All applicants must upload a performance resume within the application. 

  • Performance resumes include education, activities, organizations, competitions, masterclasses, and any relevant experience that would strengthen your candidacy for admittance to CIM.


The essay must be 500-750 words. Please choose one of the following essay topics: 

  • Why do you want to pursue a career in classical music and how will CIM contribute to your career aspirations? 
  • What is the artist’s role in an evolving society? 
  • How did the pandemic and changes in schooling and summer festivals impact classical music?
Introduction Video

Please take a one minute video within the application introducing yourself with the following information: 

  • Your full name 
  • Your area(s) of study (i.e. composition, oboe, violin) 
  • The degree you're seeking (i.e. bachelor, master, professional studies) 
  • Your answer to the following question: "What is the career of your dreams?" 

How to Upload Your Introduction Video:

In the application, navigate to “Video Introduction.” The video is recorded directly in the application where you are able to rerecord your response as many times as needed. More detailed instructions are available within the application. You will need a computer with video and audio capabilities or an Android phone. The video introduction is not currently supported on iPhones or iPads. Supported browsers are Chrome or Firefox. If you have any difficulties with the video introduction, please contact the Admissions Office. 


All unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to the application. If you mail your transcripts, the Admissions Office must receive the documents by January 15. Each transcript must provide a listing, year-by-year, of all courses taken and the grades or marks received for each. Records must also provide the grading scale for each institution and graduation date (projected or conferred). If grades are not yet posted, submit a transcript showing coursework in progress. This also applies to applicants who are homeschooled. 

Undergraduate Applicants 

You can apply to CIM as a first-semester freshman if you have received or will receive a high school/secondary school diploma, GED or IB diploma by the summer before your freshman year of college. If you have taken college courses since the summer after high school/secondary school graduation, you must apply as an undergraduate transfer applicant. Transcript requirements for first-time undergraduate applicants are as follows: 

  • Transcript(s) from any high school/secondary school attended  
  • Transcript(s) from any college where you have taken dual credit courses or credits that may transfer  
  • Homeschool transcripts, if applicable

Transfer Applicants 

Your class status is determined by your audition, transcripts, and admission examinations. Exams in music theory and ear-training are administered online before February 1. Piano proficiency is evaluated for class placement during the orientation week before classes begin. Transcript requirements for transfer applicants are as follows: 

  • Transcript(s) from any high school/secondary school attended  
  • Transcript(s) from any colleges attended

Graduate Applicants 

  • Current college or university  
  • Any previously attended college or university 
  • The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required

International Applicants

  • Please submit transcripts that are either notarized and translated by your school or translated by a NACES certified organization. Translated transcripts must include degree-earned (if graduated), GPA, dates of attendance/graduation and a grading scale.

International applicants can find more information around admission requirements, here.

Letters of Recommendation

Your application must include two letters of recommendation from persons unrelated to you who are qualified to attest to your musical ability. In the application, you will provide the names and email addresses of the persons who have agreed to provide recommendations. Recommendation letters must be submitted by your references by January 15. 


Applicants auditioning for the bachelor of music, artist certificate, master of music or doctor of musical arts programs will take an online theory examination. 

In addition to the online theory exam, DMA applicants must take DMA diagnostic exams in theory and history. How this exam will be administered for Fall 2021 applicants will be shared in early September.

Virtual Auditions

Dates for Fall 2021 virtual auditions will be announced in early September. Keep an eye on our Audition Day page for more detailed information.

Additional Requirements for the Following Applicants:

Undergraduate Applicants

Undergraduate applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are encouraged to submit SAT/ACT scores for placement in general education classes at Case Western Reserve University. Only home-schooled applicants are required to submit ACT or SAT scores. 

Due to COVID-19 and many testing centers being closed, home-schooled applicants for Fall 2021 may request an ACT/SAT waiver. To be considered for the waiver, please submit this form and upload your transcripts and any other relevant information to your application. Waivers will be reviewed in early December.

  • ACT: School Code – 3250 
  • SAT: School Code – 1124 
Dual-Degree Applicants

Undergraduate applicants interested in the dual degree program with Case Western Reserve University should only apply to CIM. To strengthen your application for the dual degree program, check out the application requirements for Case Western Reserve University. You may submit additional letters of recommendation (e.g. high school counselor and academic teacher) by asking your school to send them to CIM. SAT/ACT scores are required for dual degree applicants. 

Doctor of Musical Arts Applicants

DMA applicants must submit the following with the application: 

  • Prescreening videos, regardless of area of study 
  • DMA writing sample: a music history or music theory paper that represents your best academic writing 
International Applicants

Applicants from countries where English is not an official language must submit TOEFL or IELTS English language scores with the application on December 1. 

Please see the International Applicant page for more information.