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Cleveland Institute of Music


The Cleveland Institute of Music, one of the world’s leading international conservatories, is situated within beautiful University Circle, the educational, cultural and medical hub of Cleveland. The Institute possesses a distinguished faculty and a talented student body, while retaining a personal, supportive environment. For more than 85 years, we have offered a world-class education to students of all ages, and have been an important concert venue for the local and regional community. The student body of the Institute’s Conservatory division is broadly representative in its composition: of our 450 students, 60% represent 49 states, 25% represent 23 countries, and 15% are from Ohio. 80% of the Institute’s alumni perform in major national and international orchestras and opera companies, and hold prominent teaching positions around the world. The Institute’s close relationship with The Cleveland Orchestra is a long held and cherished tradition; 40 artist-faculty and 37 alumni are members of The Cleveland Orchestra. The relationship between our two institutions fosters a multitude of opportunities in the educational training available to our students.

The Cleveland Institute of Music participates in a Joint Music Program with Case Western Reserve University, allowing our college students to take advantage of an outstanding liberal arts education. Our Preparatory and Continuing Education Division, with an enrollment of 1,400, serves the community from its main building, as well as from four suburban locations. An extensive outreach program presents our Conservatory, Young Artist, and Preparatory students at local schools, hospitals, retirement facilities, and major community events. Distance learning initiatives through Internet 2 extend the Institute’s reach far beyond the northeast Ohio region by supporting K-12 programs with access to our exceptional faculty and students.

Since its founding in 1920 with Ernest Bloch as President, the Cleveland Institute of Music has been guided by three important principles: retain a world-class faculty, seek and nurture ambitious and talented students, and serve the supportive local community.

Watch Past Performances

Video 2/18/2016: Cleveland Institute of Music

Conservatory Project: Students from the Cleveland Institute of Music perform Grunfeld’s Paraphrase on a Theme from Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus; a movement from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major; Schumann’s Märchenbilder for viola and piano; Mahler’s “Liebst du um Schönheit” from Rückert Lieder, “Erinnerung” from Lieder und Gesänge, Vol. 1, and “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen” from Rückert Lieder for voice and piano; and movements from Janácek’s String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata.”

Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

Video 2/18/2015: Cleveland Institute of Music

Students play Bach’s Violin Partita BWV 1002 on marimba, Peskin’s Trumpet Concerto No. 1, the Andante Favori in F by Beethoven, Tableaux, Op. 33 by Rachmaninoff, and contemporary works by Eric Sammut, Gabriel Novak, and Jasmine Choi. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 2/20/2014: Cleveland Institute of Music

Students play Laursen’s Invocation, Hong’s Phoenix, Strauss’s “Befreit” and “Cäcilie,” Chopin’s Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise, and Amosov’s Lullaby and Folk Fantasy. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 2/19/2014: Organ Showcase

Students from participating Conservatory Project schools play selections from works by Widor, Schumann, Buxtehude, Smetana, Shostakovich, Demessieux, Litaize, Albright, Dupre, Ellington, Bach, Cochereau, and others on the Rubenstein Family Organ. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 2/22/2012: Cleveland Institute of Music

Students play a classical program featuring works by composers Poulenc, Arnold Bax, Mozart, Elgar, Ante Grgin, Fritz Kreisler, Gareth Farr, and Alexander Arutiunian. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Cleveland Institute of Music