Conducted by Keith Holliday, CIM's Preparatory Orchestra offers ensemble training for intermediate string players ages 8-18. Donna Jelen, conductor of CIM’s String Sinfonia Orchestra and celebrated director of orchestras in Shaker Heights City Schools, will conduct the Preparatory Orchestra beginning in fall 2019.

The repertoire of Preparatory Orchestra presents exciting technical and musical challenges for the advancing string player. Students should be comfortable sight reading and performing music in major and minor keys up to four sharps or flats and should be adept with beat subdivisions and combinations. At the end of each semester, the orchestra performs with other Preparatory division orchestras.

Students will learn to:

  • Further develop essential orchestral skills
  • Incorporate a wide variety of bowing and rhythmic patterns
  • Explore a full palette of musical expression

2019-20 Audition Information

To reserve an audition time, please fill out and submit the Preparatory Orchestra Application by mail or electronically by May 4. Auditions are required for this program. Auditions for Preparatory Orchestra will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Audition requirements are as follows:

Requirements
  • Scales: The student must be prepared to play one 3 octave scale, as well as the conductor’s choice of any two octave major scale from 3 sharps to 3 flats and their parallel minor.
  • Solo Piece: Select and prepare a piece that demonstrates a range of techniques (i.e. shifting, spiccato, martele, vibrato). The piece should be performance-ready and agreed upon with the private teacher.
  • Sight Reading: A short selection of sight reading (with shifting) will be provided to each student during the audition.

You can download the Audition Requirements sheet for a full list of orchestra requirements.

Information for Members

Seating Auditions for Current Members

If you are a current or new member of Preparatory Orchestra, seating auditions will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2019

Music for the seating audition is emailed to families in advance. You may contact the Preparatory office for additional copies. Full schedules for the year will be available at the seating audition and the first rehearsal.

Tardiness Policy & Weather Alerts

Tardiness Policy

Please understand that latecomers are a disruption to the rehearsal. If a student arrives after a rehearsal has begun, he or she will be tuned outside of the rehearsal area and seated in the back of the section for the duration of the rehearsal. Excessive tardiness and/or absences may result in a permanent change of seating.

Weather & Other Alerts

The Cleveland Institute of Music uses the Rave Alert Emergency Notification System to notify Preparatory & Continuing Education families of weather-related closings and other emerging situations. When you enroll in a course with CIM, you will automatically receive emergency notifications via email to the email address on file for you and/or your child. To change your email address or if you wish to receive alerts via text messages, please email preparatory@cim.edu.

Those who travel great distances or live in snow-prone areas are advised to use discretion and good judgment during inclement weather.

The Preparatory & Continuing Education Division will always attempt to cancel events at the earliest feasible time. The CIM website will also have closings or delays listed on its homepage.