Audition Day

Audition days in Cleveland consist of a warm up, an audition and an interview. We also offer opportunities to tour our campus, visit University Circle, meet with students, faculty and administration.

The Partners for CIM will provide complimentary lunch service for all applicants and their families. A personal schedule will be given to you upon check in on the morning of the audition. You will be able to choose an audition date through your status page by December 20. Please note, requests for rescheduling auditions are subject to availability, and there is a $50 fee.

Scheduling Travel

Plan to be available for a minimum of eight hours for your audition, interview and examinations. The audition day will begin at 8:30am and end at about 5pm. If you are flying out of Cleveland after your audition, please do not plan return flights before 7pm.


CIM provides an accompanist for all voice and collaborative piano auditions held in Cleveland. Voice applicants must bring their own accompanists if participating in a regional audition. Collaborative piano auditions are held only in Cleveland. Accompaniment is not required for any other audition at CIM.

What to Expect on the Day

A typical audition day schedule: 

  • 8:30am: Check in 
  • 9am: Welcome meeting 
  • 9:30am: Warm-ups begin 
  • 10am: Auditions and interviews begin 
  • 10am-2pm: Tours of CIM and University Circle 
  • 11:30am-1:30pm: Lunch provided by the Partners for CIM 
  • 5pm: Auditions and interviews end 

All applicants who attend a live audition in Cleveland will have a designated warm-up space 30 minutes before their audition. Warm-up space is not guaranteed outside of those 30 minutes. 

All applicants will participate in an interview with a senior staff member. The purpose of the interview is to understand firsthand why you believe you would fit into the culture and fabric of CIM. No preparation needed; just be yourself!