Preparatory & Continuing Education Faculty by Program

We offer professionals who specialize in providing the basics to the beginner, and master teachers qualified to teach the most advanced student. Private lessons, the foundation of Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory and Continuing Education experience, allow teachers to foster a creative, personal relationship with students.

* - denotes a member of The Cleveland Orchestra

** - denotes a retired member of The Cleveland Orchestra


Carol Ruzicka, Head
    Administrative Director

Jiah Chung

* Vladimir Deninzon

* Wei-Fang Gu

Rachel Huch

Joan Kwuon
    Artistic Director
    Video Audition Required

Eugenia Poustyreva

* William Preucil
    (YAP Only)
    Video Audition Required

Joel Smirnoff
    Video Audition Required

David Updegraff
    Video Audition Required


Jeffrey Irvine, Director
    Video Audition Required

* Stanley Konopka
    (Prep and YAP)
    Video Audition Required

Laura Shuster
    Coordinator Viola Studies

* Lembi Veskimets


* Martha Baldwin

* Bryan Dumm

Tara Hanish

Pamela Kelly

Melissa Kraut

Wesley Skinner

* Brian Thornton

Double Bass

Tracy Rowell

Harp/Troubadour Harp

Jody Guinn

Yolanda Kondonassis
    Chair, YAP

Classical Guitar

Donald Better

Erik Mann

Jason Vieaux
    Chair, YAP only
    Video Audition Required