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Upcoming Events

  • Preparatory Concerto Showcase

    February 9, 2016, 7:30 pm
    Kulas Hall

    Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra
    Carl Topilow, conductor
    Isabel Wu, piano
    Matthew Fields, cello
    Catharine Baek, marimba
  • Women's Committee Luncheon

    February 10, 2016, 11:30 am
    Mayfield Sand Ridge Club, 1545 Sheridan Rd., South Euclid

    Musical Luncheon Series: One Piano Four Hands
    Presented by the CIM Women’s Committee
  • Faculty Recital

    February 10, 2016, 8:00 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Mari Sato, violin
    Annie Fullard, violin
    Laura Shuster, viola
    Tanya Ell, cello
    Tracy Rowell, double bass
    Frank Rosenwein, oboe
    Daniel Gilbert, clarinet
    Anita Pontremoli, piano

    DRAGONETTI   String Quintet No. 18 in C Major
    PROKOFIEV   Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Double Bass in G minor, Op. 39
    SCHUBERT   Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, “Trout”

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.