Looking for the Piano College Audition Intensive that will be held in December 2020? Find more information here.

Learn virtually from renowned concert pianists Kathryn Brown and Antonio Pompa-Baldi! Are you pursuing a career in music? Whether you’re preparing for conservatory auditions, focusing on winning your next professional job or competition, or honing your performance skills, you can learn from the Cleveland Institute of Music’s acclaimed conservatory faculty this summer.  

CIM faculty and distinguished soloists Kathryn Brown and Antonio Pompa-Baldi lead this five-day intensive for pre-college and college students and young professionals, sharing their secrets to amazing audition results. Through master classes, discussions and private lessons, participants will learn about the fundamental building blocks for a successful audition and performance, and how to prepare both artistically and practically for college auditions, competitions and recitals. 

About the Virtual Intensive

The intensive takes place Monday, June 1 – Friday, June 5. Recommended for pre-college through age 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 mock audition (repertoire

Check out the complete schedule. Sessions will be available to registrants to view for seven days after the intensive ends.

How to Apply or Observe

Apply and audition to be one of twenty-four participants in the intensive by May 18, or register to observe classes, workshops and the mock audition. 

Learn more


Submit your application and audition recordings by Monday, May 18!  

  • 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 five-minute video representative of the applicant’s playing 


We welcome observers of all ages to view classes, workshops and the mock audition for a fee. Observers are required to register by Thursday, May 28. 


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 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.