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Upcoming Events

  • New Music Symposium

    October 29, 2016, 1:30 pm
    Studio 113

    Guest composer Augusta Read Thomas discusses her music and approach to composition

  • Pre-Concert Discussion: Boulez Legacy Series

    October 30, 2016, 3:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Pre-concert Panel Discussion: Reflections on Boulez

    Augusta Read Thomas, University of Chicago; Susan McClary, Case Western Reserve University; and Joshua Smith, principal flute, The Cleveland Orchestra; moderated by Keith Fitch.

  • Boulez Legacy Series

    October 30, 2016, 4:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Boulez the Advocate and Mentor 

    CIM New Music Ensemble
    Keith Fitch, director
    Augusta Read Thomas, guest composer
    Joshua Smith, flute

CIM boasts a large Viola Department, headed by Cleveland Orchestra Principal Violist, Robert Vernon. As with CIM's other string departments, the focus is on orchestral playing, and four of the five viola teachers are members of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Combined viola classes provide opportunities to play for other students and teachers, and the Orchestra Repertoire class is widely recognized for its outstanding preparation of students for professional orchestra auditions.

CIM's reputation for outstanding viola playing and teaching attracts students of extraordinary talent and determination, ensuring a stimulating and encouraging environment to hone skills essential for the future.

Student successes:

  • Yu Jin, violist of the internationally acclaimed Miami Quartet, in residence at Kent State University and the Hartt School of Music. The quartet plays over 60 concerts a year.

  • Abigail Evans, Assistant Principal Viola of the National Symphony.
  • Mary Cowell, violist in the Colorado Symphony.
  • Diane Wuthrich, violist in the Tucson Symphony.
  • Katherine Lewis, Assistant Professor of Viola at Illinois State University.
  • Daphne Gerling, Assistant Professor of Viola at Valdosta State University.
  • Ayn Balija, Lecturer of Viola at the University of Virginia.
  • Karina Schmitz, Principal Violist of Apollo's Fire.
  • Thomas Bandar, violist in the Spokane Symphony.
  • Bonnie Yeager, violist with The Phoenix Symphony.
  • Naimah Bilal, 2008-2009 Orchestra Management Fellow, League of American Orchestras.
  • Timothy D. Zeithamel, Associate Principal Violist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.

Meet the CIM String Faculty.