CIM empowers the world's most talented classical music students to fulfill their dreams and potential. Whether you envision a career as soloist, orchestra member or pedagogue, CIM will provide the intense, complete and practical training required to accomplish even your most ambitious musical goals. If you are interested in learning more about how to become part of our vibrant community, please click the ‘How to Apply’ button to the right.

Important Dates:

  • Application goes live on September 1, 2017
  • Spring 2018 Admission Application deadline is October 1, 2017
  • Fall 2018 Admission Application deadline is December 1, 2017
  • Prescreened applicants will be notified of live audition eligibility no later than December 20, 2017
  • Live Cleveland Auditions are: February 4, 11, 18, and 25
  • Live New York City Auditions are: February 26 and 27
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At the Cleveland Institute of Music, our intensive programs focus solely on classical music. You'll learn from the best classically trained teaching faculty in the country, in an environment that's collaborative and supportive, never cutthroat. 

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Fast Facts


  • 422 students
  • 55% undergraduate, 45% graduate
  • 29% International/71% US

Degrees and Certificates

  • Undergraduate: Bachelor of Music, Artist Certificate 
  • Graduate: Master of Music, Professional Studies Diploma, Doctor of Musical Arts, Artist Diploma


  • 111 faculty
  • Includes 30 members of The Cleveland Orchestra (current/retired)


  • Nearly 40 CIM alumni are in The Cleveland Orchestra
  • CIM alumni perform in many orchestras including:
    • Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony


Concerts and events

Feb 24 Sat
6:30 pm
Junior Recital: Paul Aguilar, violin
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Feb 25 Sun
6:30 pm
Junior Recital: Sarah Miller, cello
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Mar 2 Fri
4:30 pm
First Master of Music Recital: Ann Yu, violin
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Mar 2 Fri
6:30 pm
Junior Recital: Micaela Murphy, viola
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals
Mar 2 Fri
8:30 pm
Junior Recital: Maggie Niekamp, violin
Strings, Conservatory Student Recitals