Learn virtually from Cleveland Orchestra musician Barrick Stees! Are you pursuing a career in music? Whether you’re preparing for conservatory or graduate auditions, focusing on winning your next professional job or honing your performance skills, you can learn from the Cleveland Institute of Music’s acclaimed conservatory faculty this summer.

CIM faculty Barrick Stees, assistant principal bassoon of The Cleveland Orchestra, leads this five-day comprehensive overview of the most standard works in the orchestral and solo bassoon repertoire. Through private lessons, master classes and discussions, participants will learn about the fundamental building blocks for successful college, graduate school and orchestral auditions, and how to prepare both artistically and practically for performances, competitions and recitals.

About the Virtual Intensive 

The intensive takes place June 8-12. Recommended for musicians preparing for college, graduate school, orchestral or other professional auditions, the intensive creates opportunities for participants to:

  • Perform in a master class 
  • Receive feedback on their playing 
  • Engage in discussions 
  • Take one individual lesson with a faculty member
  • Perform in a mock audition and receive written feedback from faculty 
  • Participate in a round table discussion about "careers in music," featuring guest panelists:
    • Aaron Apaza, principal bassoon, North Carolina Symphony
    • Kathryn Brooks (BM '08, MM '09, Stees/Clouser), principal bassoon, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
    • Joseph Cannella (BM '14, Stees), principal guest bassoon, Bremen and Oldenburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany)
    • Julie Link (MM '11, Stees), associate principal bassoon, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (New Zealand), and host of The Music Link
    • Albie Micklich, professor of bassoon, Arizona State University
    • Christin Schillinger, assistant professor of bassoon, Ithaca College

Click here to view the tentative schedule.

How to Apply or Observe 

Deadline extended! Apply and audition to be one of twelve participants in the intensive by June 1, or register to observe classes, discussions and the mock audition.

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Submit your application and audition by June 1!

  • Audition recordings should be submitted in the application form as a link to an unlisted YouTube video. Click here for tips on how to record an audition video.
  • Audition recording repertoire should include:
    • Solo of your choice (perform 5 minutes or less)
    • Choose three of the following excerpts:
      • Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro (mm. 139-171)
      • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (end of second movement)
      • Ravel: Bolero (solo)
      • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (recitando and cadenzas)
      • Stravinsky: Rite of Spring (opening solos) 


We welcome observers of all ages to view classes, discussions and the mock audition for a fee. Observers are required to register by June 6. 


The costs and fees to participate in the intensive or to observe. 

For Participants
  • Non-refundable application fee: $95 
  • If selected as a participant, the remaining balance will be $200 to register. 
  • Those applicants not chosen as participants will be automatically registered as observers at no additional cost. 
For Observers

Observer cost: $95 

Observers are welcome to view all classes, discussions and the mock audition. Registration is required; limit one device per registration. 

Going Virtual with CIM

Technology Requirements

We recommend using a wired internet connection for the best experience. If you are unable to connect your desktop, laptop or tablet to the internet using an Ethernet cable, a strong, stable Wi-Fi connection and/or cellular data may be used. Check the speed and strength of your Wi-Fi at speedtest.net; connections of at least 20 mbps (download) and 10 mbps (upload) are best. If yours is below 10 mbps (download) or 5 mbps (upload), you may need an upgrade from your internet provider. Upload speeds below 5 mbps will produce poor quality video and audio.

We also recommend that participants have access to an external microphone and webcam for best video and audio quality.