Auditioning at CIM

Live auditions at CIM vary by area of study. Applicants who pass the prescreening round, or whose major does not require a prescreening, will be invited to an in-person audition. 


Not all areas of study require a prescreen audition. Please visit prescreen round for a complete list. Faculty will review all prescreening after the application deadline of December 1. If invited, you will be notified by December 20.

All DMA candidates must provide a video prescreening regardless of instrument. DMA applicants to areas that do not require a prescreen round should submit approximately 30 minutes of the audition requirements.

RECORDED Auditions

We highly recommend applicants audition in Cleveland for the opportunity to experience the dynamic and vibrant CIM culture. Our faculty and staff welcome the opportunity to meet you in person in Cleveland. We realize, however, that it is not always possible for you to audition live. Please note:

All applicants in the following programs require a live audition in Cleveland:

  • Artist diploma
  • Doctor of musical arts

All applicants in the following areas of study require a live audition in Cleveland:

  • Composition*
  • Collaborative Piano
  • Harp
  • Orchestral Conducting
  • Timpani and Percussion*
  • Viola*

*We accept recorded auditions for international composition, viola, and timpani and percussion applicants.

Those who choose to send in a recorded audition will use the required live audition repertoire.

Regional Auditions

CIM offers the opportunity to audition live at regional auditions listed below. It is not guaranteed that faculty will be at the regional auditions. A representative from the CIM Admission Office will be present to record your audition. Accompanists are not provided for Voice applicants auditioning regionally.