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Upcoming Events

  • CIM@SEVERANCE

    September 21, 2016, 8:00 pm
    Severance Hall

    Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra
    Carl Topilow, conductor
    Christianna Bates, viola, student artist
  • CIM@CMA: Music in the Galleries

    October 5, 2016, 6:00 pm
    Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland

    The popular series of monthly concerts in the galleries featuring young artists from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the joint program with Case Western Reserve University’s early and baroque music programs enters its fifth season. Outstanding conservatory musicians present mixed programs of chamber music amid the museum’s collections for a unique and intimate experience—concerts regularly feature instruments from the museum’s keyboard collection.

    From standard repertoire to unknown gems, these early-evening, hour-long performances are a delightful after-work encounter or the start of a night out. Programs announced the week of the performance.

    Free, no tickets required. More information is available at: clevelandart.org

  • CIM@HOME: Boulez Legacy Series

    October 5, 2016, 8:00 pm
    Kulas Hall

    THE BOULEZ LEGACY
    Boulez the Conductor

    Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra 
    Steven Smith, guest conductor 
    Joela Jones, piano

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.