This intensive has been canceled. Participants and observers will receive a full refund. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

 Are you pursuing a career in music? Whether you’re preparing for conservatory auditions or honing your skills for your next performance, you can learn from the Cleveland Institute of Music’s acclaimed conservatory faculty this summer.  

CIM faculty and guitar soloists Colin Davin and Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux lead this three-day intensive, focusing on classical guitar technique and performance. Through master classes, workshops and private lessons, the intensive will explore a wide range of topics, including technique, musicianship, baroque ornamentation, commissioning new works and essential practice methods. 

About the Virtual Intensive 

The intensive takes place Wednesday, June 10 – Friday, June 12. Recommended for ages 15-30, the intensive creates opportunities for participants to: 

  • Perform in a master class 
  • Receive feedback on their playing 
  • Engage in discussions 
  • Take one 30-minute lesson 
  • Perform in a final recital 

Sample daily schedule (all times Eastern Daylight): 

  • 10am-12pm: Master class or workshop 
  • 12-1pm: Lunch break 
  • 1-2pm: Workshop 
  • 2-3:30pm: Master class or workshop 
  • 3:30-5pm: Lessons

How to Apply or Observe 

Apply and audition to be one of twelve participants in the intensive by May 27, or register to observe classes, workshops and discussions. 

Learn more


Submit your application and audition recordings by Wednesday, May 27!  

  • 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:   
    • A video (eight minutes or less) representative of the applicant’s playing 


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


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

For Participants
  • Non-refundable application fee: $35  
  • Participant cost: $295 
For Observers

Observer cost: $95 

Observers are welcome to view all classes, workshops and discussions. 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; 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.