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 Frank Rosenwein, principal oboe of The Cleveland Orchestra, leads this five-day comprehensive overview of the conservatory audition process. The intensive will focus on creativity and storytelling in the audition process, taking you to the next level of audition preparation and performance. 

About the Virtual Intensive 

The intensive takes place December 6-10. 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. 
  • Take one 30-minute lesson.  
  • Perform in a mock college audition. 

Tentative schedule: 

  • December 6 | day-long instruction, classes and discussion 
  • December 7-8 | 4-10pm 
  • December 9-10 | 4-6pm

How to Apply or Observe 

Apply and audition to be a participant in the intensive by November 1, or register to observe classes, discussions and the mock audition.

Learn more


Submit your application and audition by November 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: 
    • An etude of the applicant’s choice from Barret or Ferling 
    • One solo 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 December 4


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 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.