Learn virtually from renowned concert pianist Kathryn Brown!

Are you pursuing a career in music? Whether you're preparing for conservatory or graduate 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 winter.

CIM faculty and distinguished soloist Kathryn Brown leads this two-day intensive for pre-college and college students and young professionals, sharing best practices, insight and advice for successful 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 auditions, competitions and recitals.

About the Virtual Intensive

The intensive takes place December 3-4. Recommended for ages 14 and up, the intensive creates opportunities for participants to:

  • Observe and/or perform in a master class.
  • Receive feedback on their playing.
  • Engage in discussions.
  • Take one individual lesson.

How to Apply or Observe 

Apply and audition to be a participant in the intensive by November 24 (deadline extended!), or register as an observer by December 1 to watch the classes and discussions.

Learn more


Submit your application and audition by November 24!  

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


We welcome observers of all ages to view classes and discussions for a fee. Observers can register here by December 1


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

For Participants

Cost to participate: $295

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.