The Bassoon College Audition Intensive has been canceled. If you have any questions, please email

If you’re preparing for conservatory or graduate auditions or wish to hone your performance skills, you can learn from the Cleveland Institute of Music’s acclaimed conservatory faculty this winter! 

CIM faculty Barrick Stees, assistant principal bassoon of The Cleveland Orchestra, leads this five-day comprehensive overview of the college audition process. During the intensive, learn how to research schools or conservatories and choose the right fit, how to best prepare for a college audition and how to present oneself during an in-person, virtual or recorded audition. 

About the Virtual Intensive 

The intensive takes place December 1-5. Recommended for ages 16-25, the intensive creates opportunities for participants to: 

  • Perform in a master class. 
  • Receive feedback on their playing. 
  • Engage in discussions. 
  • Attend a college conservatory admissions session. 
  • Take one 60-minute lesson. 
  • Perform in a mock college audition. 

Tentative schedule: 

  • December 1-4 | 4:30-9pm 
  • December 5 | 1:30-6:30pm 

How to Apply or Observe 

Apply and audition to be one of twelve participants in the intensive! The deadline to apply as a participant has been extended to November 5. You may also register as an observer by November 29 to watch classes, discussions and the mock audition.

Learn more


Submit your application and audition by November 5!  

  • 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.  
  • Required audition recording repertoire for high school students
    • One etude by Milde or Weissenborn 
    • One concerto for bassoon by Weber, Mozart or Vivaldi 
    • Two major and two minor scales and arpeggios of the applicant’s choice 
  • Required audition recording repertoire for college students
    • One etude by Milde or Weissenborn 
    • One concerto for bassoon by Weber, Mozart or Vivaldi 
    • Three standard orchestral excerpts of the applicant’s choice 


We welcome observers of all ages to view classes, discussions and the mock audition for a fee. Observers can register here by November 29


Find 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; 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.