CIM's organ curriculum combines high standards in performance with a strong emphasis on practical training in all aspects of church music and teaching.
Our students and graduates have been frequent competition winners (including those at Calgary and Fort Wayne, and at the AGO National Improvisation Competition). The majority of recent graduates now hold full-time church positions, including posts at some of our nation's leading churches.
Church Music Internships are a key component in our program. These positions provide a stipend, partial scholarship support, and invaluable "real world experience" in all facets of the music program at some of Cleveland's leading churches. Internships are available to qualified undergraduate or graduate students for one or more years.
Each year the Organ Department hosts master classes by artists of international standing. CIM offers a cycle of two organ-oriented courses (Organ Repertoire Survey, and Service Playing/Improvisation), and two choral-oriented courses (Sacred Choral Literature, and Choral Conducting). Organ students and faculty take part in a weekly studio class, which provides the essential opportunity of performing for each other on a regular basis.
We have a variety of fine instruments for practice and recitals. These include the recently renovated 3-manual mechanical-action Holtkamp in CIM's Kulas Hall, a large Skinner/Holtkamp in the nearby Epworth-Euclid Methodist Church, practice organs by Ruggles and Holtkamp, and outstanding instruments in a number of other area churches. Each student has the opportunity to become acquainted with organs in a variety of styles, playing actions, and acoustical situations.
One of the nation's leading music schools, CIM is located in a wonderful area of Cleveland called University Circle. Within easy walking distance are Case Western Reserve University (where we share resources in a Joint Music Program that provides CIM's music history and liberal arts classes), several world-class museums, and Severance Hall (home of The Cleveland Orchestra, as well as the restored 94-rank E.M. Skinner organ). The quality, quantity, and affordability of cultural life make this area a superb and uniquely enjoyable environment for musical study.
See the specs on organs commonly used by CIM students:
Meet the CIM Keyboard Faculty.