Stand Partners Since ’89, CIM Faculty Dazzle Audiences with Double Viola Concerto


Robert Vernon and Lynne Ramsey, both viola faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music, are principal and first assistant principal violists of The Cleveland Orchestra. They’ve been stand partners since 1989 and this past weekend, they treated Severance Hall audiences with a “deeply riveting” performance of the world premiere of Richard Sortomme’s Concerto for Two Violas.

Alum Receives Library of Congress’s Prestigious Koussevitzky Commission Grant

The Library of Congress has announced five winners of the 2015 Koussevitzky Foundation Commission grant, listing composer and CIM alum Dan Visconti (BM ’04, MM ’05, Brouwer/Zhou) among them. The Koussevitzky commissioning program selects composers every year, who, according to its mission, “have demonstrated considerable merit through their works and for orchestras and chamber groups that have a record of excellence in the performance of contemporary music.”

How an Alum Brought Western Classical Music (and a lot of Clevelanders) to the Eastern World

Imagine you’re a classically trained pianist about to perform in front of a crowd that can’t wait to hear your first note. But instead of seats, your audience sits on the floor. Instead of a Steinway, you’re playing on a keyboard you’ve brought with you. And out of the corner of your eye, you can see a heard of water buffalo saunter by. This was reality for alumna Jennifer Heemstra, who has spent the last year performing classical music all over India. She and her colleagues have performed in everything from the slums and poverty-stricken villages to ballrooms and 1,500-seat theaters packed to the brim. The one thing that these concerts have in common? Her audiences can’t get enough.

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