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

Learn virtually from Cleveland Orchestra musicians Michael Sachs and Michael Miller! Are you pursuing a career in music? Whether you’re preparing for conservatory 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 Michael Sachs, principal trumpet of The Cleveland Orchestra, and Michael Miller, fourth/utility trumpet of The Cleveland Orchestra, lead this five-day comprehensive overview of orchestral trumpet playing, covering 35 of the most standard works in the orchestral trumpet repertoire. In addition to wide-ranging discussions on warm-up and fundamentals routines, as well as how to practice and prepare orchestral works for auditions and performance, the week culminates with a mock audition.

About the Virtual Intensive

The intensive takes place Tuesday, May 26 – Saturday, May 30. Recommended for ages 18-30, the intensive creates opportunities for participants to:

  • Perform in a master class
  • Receive feedback on their playing
  • Engage in discussions
  • Take one 45-minute lesson (participant lessons will be split between the two faculty)
  • Perform in a mock audition (repertoire list)

Check out the complete schedule here. Sessions will not be recorded and are only available live.

How to Apply or Observe

Apply and audition to be one of sixteen participants in the intensive by May 11, or register to observe classes, discussions and the mock audition.

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Submit your application and audition by Monday, May 11! 

  • 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: 
    • Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 (offstage fanfare) 
    • Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition (first movement, mm. 1-8) 
    • Respighi: Pines of Rome (second movement, offstage solo) 


We welcome observers of all ages to view classes, discussions and the mock audition for a fee. Observers can register here.


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, 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.