Congratulations Fall CIM Concerto Competition Winners!

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The results are in! This fall’s CIM Concerto Competition winners are Rachel Lee Hall (harp, Kondonassis), Michael Harper (trumpet, Sachs), Christine Wu (violin, Laredo) and Shih-Hsien Yeh (piano, Paik). Emma Pin-Hsiu Liu (piano, Brown/Paik) and James K. Thompson (violin, Preucil) received honorable mentions. The winners have each earned a coveted spot to perform a solo with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra this spring.

Students Get Exclusive Master Class Opportunity with Renée Fleming

While legendary soprano Renée Fleming was in town for her performance with The Cleveland Orchestra, she took some time to host a private master class open to CIM students. Masters student Caroline Bergen (voice, Schiller) was one of three selected to participate, receiving valuable one-on-one coaching from the vocal star, and others were just thrilled to be in the audience. 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.

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