CIM’s Percussion Ensemble is designed for students in grades 8-12. Under the direction of Luke Rinderknecht, students collaborate to explore nearly a century of percussion ensemble repertoire and learn different styles and techniques.

Program at a Glance

  • The program is designed for intermediate and advanced high school and middle school percussionists
  • Students develop chamber music and small ensemble skills, including collaborative interpretation
  • Students explore music written exclusively for percussion instruments—played by three or more musicians—by composers active in the current day and recent past
  • Coachings are offered at CIM’s University Circle campus
  • Auditions are required

*Our ensembles are designed to offer high-quality instruction in the safest way possible, including virtually and using a hybrid format, as the situation requires. We are currently planning for in-person instruction, rehearsals and performances starting in Fall 2021.

Application & Audition

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2021!

Placement auditions are required for this program. To ensure the health and safety of our community, Percussion Ensemble applicants must submit a recorded audition through our online application, due May 15. Applications received after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students should submit a video of a snare drum solo and a mallet instrument solo (marimba or xylophone preferred) of their choice. You may also submit an optional third solo on another instrument of choice (i.e. drum set, quads or timpani). Videos taken using a smartphone or other mobile device will be sufficient.

If you have questions about audition repertoire, please contact Luke Rinderknecht at Please reach out to the Preparatory team at for more information about the application and audition process or to inquire about the program.