Faculty perform at NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk”


Performances at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk are just that: musicians sit at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen’s desk and play a concert. This month, head of the CIM guitar department and recent Grammy winner Jason Vieaux and CIM harp department head Yolanda Kondonassis were invited to perform together in the small office, a packed bookcase serving as their backdrop. Both are veterans to the space. “We rarely invite Tiny Desk alumni back to the confines of Bob Boilen’s work space,” says NPR’s Tom Huizenga, “but we couldn’t resist this time.”

Faculty perform around the globe this summer

As the school year comes to a close, CIM Faculty members are packing their bags and setting off for festivals, workshops, performances and appearances around the world. From the Aspen Music Festival, to the Interlochen Viola Workshop to performances at The BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall in London, you can find CIM faculty just about anywhere this summer. Find out if they’re playing near you by checking out our Faculty Summer Performances page!

Congratulations Class of 2015!

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.

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