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Musical Pathway Fellowship

for African-American and Latinx students entering grades 6-9

About the Program

Designed for African-American and Latinx students interested in a music career, the Musical Pathway Fellowship (MPF) Program—sponsored by Cleveland Foundation and George Gund Foundation—provides exceptional artistic training delivered by CIM faculty. One-on-one lessons, ensemble experience and participation as well as training in music theory and eurhythmics are offered. The MPF program will provide ongoing, multi-year support to students, including comprehensive music instruction through high school, with a goal of preparing them to enter a conservatory or university music program upon graduation. Fellows will receive a full scholarship covering all areas of study in the program.


Why Choose the MPF Program

MPF students will:

MPF students will:

  • Take weekly lessons and music classes with CIM faculty
  • Participate in weekly ensemble rehearsals (optional)
  • Attend masterclasses and workshops
  • Meet regularly with CIM mentors and MPF program leaders to set goals and provide feedback
  • Be featured in performances, promotional programs, and audio and video recordings
  • Participate in online and in-person surveys

MPF students and families will also receive ongoing support to develop the musical talents of participating students through workshops, masterclasses and mentorship.

How to Apply

Eligibility & Application Process

Students who play orchestral instruments, piano or guitar and are entering grades 6-9 are eligible to apply. Students must submit an application with signatures from their teacher and parent or guardian. Applications can be emailed to or mailed to the following address: Lisa Whitfield, Cleveland Institute of Music, 11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106. *At this time we are not accepting applications, although we appreciate your interest. Feel free to request information to learn more.

Audition & Evaluations

For Fall 2018 applicants: Upon receipt of the completed application, students will be assigned a time on Saturday, April 14 to complete an audition and interview with CIM faculty mentors. Applicants will be asked to play two contrasting solo pieces of their choice or one extended work that demonstrates contrasting styles. Students will be evaluated based on current proficiency, desire to pursue classical music throughout high school and in college, and observed potential.