Students Get Exclusive Master Class Opportunity with Renée Fleming


While legendary soprano Renée Fleming is in town for her performance with The Cleveland Orchestra, she took some time to host a private master class open to CIM students.  Junior Elora Lencoski (voice, Billions), pictured above with Fleming, was in the audience. “Renée’s words were so inspiring!” she says. “It was nice to have a reminder of why we do what we do, and to be reminded of the joy our music brings to us.” Many took to social media to document their excitement, posting selfies with Fleming with comments like “We’re officially on a first name basis!” and hashtags such as #ReneeFlemingRocksMySocks.

Faculty Leads “Fresh Spin” on Legendary 1968 Recording

Michael Sachs, CIM trumpet department head and principal trumpet of The Cleveland Orchestra lead the National Brass Ensemble in performing a new take on the legendary Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli recording. The original 1968 recording was done by members of the brass sections of The Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Today, many of the members of the National Brass Ensemble remember the original players as “the guys that inspired us and were really our heroes, and who we looked up to as the finest brass players in the country,” Sachs told the Chicagoist.

Alums Earn Orchestra Jobs in Baltimore, Atlanta, Virginia and Omaha

Good news travels fast! And this week CIM had plenty of it, with five alums reporting new positions in orchestras around country. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra welcomed Boram Kang (MM ’06, PS ’08, Preucil) who earned a section second violin position and Kevin Smith (MM ’15, Rose) who earned a section first violin position and will serve as acting assisting concertmaster for the 2015-16 season. Michael Ashton (BM ’07, Bradetich/Dimoff) joins the Virginia Symphony Orchestra as a double bass player and Karl Fenner (BM ’04, Dimoff) won a double bass position with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Yu Zhang (DMA ’15 – Schenly/Brown) joins the Omaha Symphony as principal keyboard. Congrats all!

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