The Cleveland Institute of Music has assembled a dedicated faculty of international acclaim committed to leading students to the highest professional standards. These practicing artists/teachers pass on a wealth of experience to their students. Click on faculty name to read their biographical information.

* - denotes a member of The Cleveland Orchestra

** - denotes a retired member of The Cleveland Orchestra


Music Theory
Richard Nelson, Head

Timothy Cutler

Marshall Griffith

Heejin Kang

Jeanette Davis Ostrander

Lisa Rainsong

Diane Urista

Donald Watts

Music Literature
Erik Mann

Quentin Quereau

Carol Ruzicka

Sean Schulze

John Simmons

World Music Rhythms
Jamey Haddad

Ashley Summers

Kip Reed

Secondary Instructor(s)

Sam Blakeslee
     Improvisation

Eurhythmics Department
Brian Sweigart, Head

David Gilson

Choral Conducting
David Gilson

Todd Wilson


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