Learn virtually from renowned cellists Dr. Melissa Kraut and Richard Weiss! 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 Dr. Melissa Kraut, leading pedagogue, and Richard Weiss, first assistant principal cello of The Cleveland Orchestra, lead this four-day intensive that will fully prepare students for their college or graduate school auditions as well as provide young professionals the insight and techniques needed for their next professional audition. Through master classes and private lessons, you will explore orchestral and solo cello repertoire and learn about fundamentals and practice methods that will prepare you for success, no matter what your next step is. 

About the Virtual Intensive

The intensive takes place June 6-9. 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 two individual lessons, one with each faculty member

Click here to view the schedule.

How to Apply or Observe

Deadline extended! Apply and audition to be a participant 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:   
    • Exposition from a concerto 
    • One movement from a Bach suite 


We welcome observers of all ages to view classes, workshops and discussions for a fee. Observers are required to register by June 4. 


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.