The Cleveland Institute of Music harp program is designed to provide an intensive musical environment with a balanced emphasis on orchestral, solo, and chamber music performance.
Two symphony orchestras form the core of the orchestral program, while a variety of other ensembles and solo opportunities round out the experience. Each harp major receives a weekly one-hour lesson with Yolanda Kondonassis, in addition to a weekly two-hour harp class, that addresses a large array of topics including orchestral repertoire, harp ensemble repertoire, harp maintenance, pedagogy, practice and performance techniques, composing and transcribing for the harp, sight reading, and career management.
Studio size is limited to assure that each student receives ample performance opportunities and intensive individual attention. CIM has a broad and distinguished faculty that includes members of The Cleveland Orchestra and world-renowned soloists, chamber musicians, and pedagogues. All are there to encourage, mentor, and provide a stimulating learning atmosphere.
Students' successes have included Silver and Bronze Medals in the USA International Harp Competition, Grand Prize in the National Solo Competition of the American String Teacher's Association, First Prize in the Corpus Christi National Young Artists Competition, First Prize in the Midland/Odessa National Young Artists Competition, and two recent prize winners of the Anne Adams Competition of the American Harp Society. Many students have won entrance to prestigious orchestral summer programs such as Tanglewood, the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto, the Pacific Music Festival, Round Top Institute, and the National Orchestral Institute.
Most recently, Cheryl Losey (B.M., '06, M.M., '08) won the position of Principal Harp with The Florida West Coast Symphony. Julie Smith (B.M., '02, M.M., '04) won the position of Principal Harp with The San Diego Symphony in 2007 and previously won the position of acting Principal Harp with The Milwaukee Symphony and Principal Harp with The New World Symphony. In 2008, Earecka Tregenza won the position of Principal Harp with the Spokane Symphony and Yinuo Mu won the position of Principal Harp with the Miami Grand Opera.
Meet the CIM String Faculty.