Congratulations Class of 2015!

Gunther grad

This past weekend, CIM was filled with excitement, ceremony and cap-and-gown-clad new graduates. In case you missed the festivities, the 2015 CIM Conservatory Commencement Ceremony can be viewed in its entirety here. Click to see this year’s dignitaries receive honors and awards, musical performances by student artists and the keynote address from the great American composer Gunther Schuller.

Alum Performs on the Late Show with The President’s Own United States Marine Band

Cleveland Institute of Music alum Staff Sgt. Heather Zenobia (BM ’01, Smith) performed on the Late Show with David Letterman as a member of The President’s Own United States Marine Band. The performance was introduced by First Lady Michele Obama who wanted to pay tribute to the late night host.

Composition and voice students take high honors at national and state competitions

Cleveland Institute of Music sophomore Andrew Stock (Keith Fitch) was one of ten composers from around the country selected for the LA Phil’s National Composers Intensive, Next on Grand New Music Festival in May. Stock’s great achievement comes at the heels of several CIM voice students earning top honors at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Buckeye Chapter Student Auditions, held earlier this month.

Alum performs with Des Moines Symphony during spring tour

This past weekend, Cleveland Institute of Music alum Joshua Roman (BM’04, Aaron, MM’05, Hoebig) played the Dvořák cello concerto with the Des Moines Symphony. “The tightly integrated piece has juicy bits for both the soloist and the orchestra, and both played them well on Saturday,” said the reviewer from the Des Moines Register.

Sensational Scenes returns to the Kulas Hall stage this weekend

The CIM Opera Theater presents selections from renowned operas grand and light that move, thrill and entertain, this Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 19 at 3pm. Artistic Director David Bamberger has selected an array of brilliant opera scenes by composers ranging from Mozart to Massenet.

Alumnus appointed concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic

Congratulations to alumnus Frank Huang (BM, ’02) who has been appointed concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. Huang completed his BM from CIM in 2002 and graduated from the CIM Young Artists Program in 1997. He was a student of Donald Weilerstein.

“A musical home run” at the Cleveland Indian’s Home Opener

The much anticipated Cleveland Indians’ Home Opener this Friday, April 10, will include a special performance of the National Anthem by Cleveland Institute of Music alumna and pianist Arianna Korting (YAP ‘12, Teissonnière). To make a real grand slam of things, the piece Korting will perform is the world premiere of a new arrangement of the anthem by CIM graduate, Evan Fein (BM ’07, Brouwer).

CIM alumna wins second consecutive Juno Award

Cleveland Institute of Music alumna Amy Schwartz Moretti (BM ’98/MM ’01, Weilerstein) was awarded the 2015 Juno Award for “Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble” for her recording, Bartok: Chamber Works for Violin, Vol. 3 with Canadian violinist James Ehnes. Moretti’s recording, Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin, which featured Ehnes and three others, received the 2014 Juno Award in the same category. The Juno Awards in Canada, comparable to the American GRAMMY awards, are awarded annually for excellence in music-making in a variety of categories. To win two in a row is a great accomplishment.

Congratulations to the 2015 Spring Concerto Competition winners!

CIM would like to offer its congratulations to Yuri Noh (piano, Schenly / Paik), Michael Siess (violin, Preucil), Bethany Hargreaves (viola, Irvine) and Genevieve Smelser (violin, Rose) who were announced winners of Spring Concerto Competition and to Pablo Griggio (violin, Zenaty) and Chloé Thominet (viola, Irvine) who received honorable mentions. The winners of the competition earned coveted solo spots to perform with the CIM Orchestra in the fall.

Music from the Western Reserve featured pianist Megan Lee in March Concert

Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory and Continuing Education Division piano student Megan Lee was the Music from The Western Reserve’s Featured Young Artist and performed on March 15 at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson.  

CIM faculty member and student shine at recent Cleveland Orchestra concert

Cleveland Institute of Music trumpet head and principal of The Cleveland Orchestra, Michael Sachs, teamed up with CIM alumnus and rising star Daniil Trifonov (AD ’15, Babayan) for a tremendous performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The first piece of the evening, Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, was complete with an “affecting solo” by principal clarinetist and CIM clarinet department head, Franklin Cohen.

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