Conservatory Faculty by Program

The Cleveland Institute of Music has assembled a dedicated faculty of international acclaim committed to leading students to the highest professional standards. These practicing artists/teachers pass on a wealth of experience to their students. Click on faculty name to read their biographical information.

* - denotes a member of The Cleveland Orchestra

** - denotes a retired member of The Cleveland Orchestra

Voice Department

Mary Schiller, Head

Clifford Billions

Vinson Cole

Dean Southern

Adjunct/Secondary Instructor(s)

Joan Ellison

Phyllis Speirs

Opera Theater

David Bamberger
    Artistic Director

Harry Davidson
    Music Director & Conductor

John Simmons
    Coach/Assistant Music Director

Vocal Coaching

Kathryn Brown

Linda Jones

John Simmons