Auditioning for CIM

Audition days at CIM, whether they are held virtually or in person, are a window into what it's like to be a student at the Institute and in University Circle, Northeast Ohio's cultural hub and home to world-renowned museums, the prestigious Severance Hall, eclectic restaurants, stunning parks, and more. 

Fall Entry

Auditions will be conducted virtually for fall 2022. Auditions consist of recorded audition repertoire and a virtual meet-up with department faculty. Learn more about the required repertoire for fall auditions.

Dates for Fall 2022 Entrance

  • September 1, 2021  |  Application opens
  • December 1, 2021  |  Application & prescreening video deadline 
  • February 1, 2022  |  Virtual audition video deadline* 
  • February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2022  |  Live, virtual auditions
  • Late March, 2022  |  Admittance decisions & scholarship awards announced
  • April 15, 2022  |  Graduate decision deadline
  • May 1, 2022  |  Undergraduate decision deadline 

Certain areas will audition live on campus. The Admissions Office and faculty continue to pay close attention to COVID-19 pandemic developments and are prepared to switch to virtual auditions to best protect the community. The following in person auditions will be subject to the current COVID safety measures:

  • February 27 | Collaborative piano
  • February 28 | Orchestral Career Fellowship
  • March 1 | Orchestral conducting
  • March 2 | All artist diploma applicants

Please connect with the Admissions team at to learn more. Live audition dates for your area of study are available on our Audition Day page.