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Paul Hogle

+1 216-791-5000


Academic staff


Cleveland, OH, USA

Acceptance rate
43.9% (2014)

28.8 million USD

Number of students

Cleveland Institute of Music

Case Western Reserve University

11021 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA

Notable alumni
Yolanda Kondonassis, Alisa Weilerstein, Ryan Anthony, David Diamond, Alan Baer

Cleveland Institute of Art, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music


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The Cleveland Institute of Music is an independent, international music conservatory located in the University Circle district of Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It is led by President Paul Hogle.


The Institute was founded in 1920, with the composer Ernest Bloch as director. Annual enrollment at the conservatory (including new and returning students) is between 400 and 450 students with approximately 1,500 students enrolled in the preparatory and continuing education programs at any given time. Between 1,000 and 1,200 prospective students apply to the conservatory annually for the (approximately) 150 openings available for fall enrollment. Typically, 60-70 freshmen are enrolled each fall; 81% of entering freshman graduate within five years.

Members of The Cleveland Orchestra are connected to the Cleveland Institute of Music as members of the CIM faculty (see Shared Members), alumni of the conservatory or preparatory programs, or both. Through a cooperative arrangement with Case Western Reserve University, CIM students have full access to university courses and facilities. They can pursue a degree both at CIM and Case Western Reserve, if they are accepted to both institutions.

CIM has a retention rate of 82%. CIM undergraduate students go on to be accepted to graduate programs at schools that include the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music and Rice University, and CIM graduates have accepted positions with the orchestras in the United States and around the world, including The Cleveland Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and others.

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CIM Campus

CIM is located in the University Circle, a four-mile square neighborhood in Cleveland that was listed as one of "America's Prettiest Neighborhoods" by Forbes magazine in 2011.

The main building was opened in 1961 and houses teaching studios, practice rooms, Kulas Hall, Robinson Music Library, technology learning center, Eurhythmics studio, orchestra library, opera theater workshop and studio, and the CIM music and book store. In 2007, CIM completed a remodeling project in conjunction with a campaign to raise $40 million. Two wings were added to the main building. The facilities added 36,000 square feet (3,300 m2), which include:

  • An entryway and expanded lobby (Pogue Lobby) on East Boulevard
  • An expanded Barbara S. and Larry J. B. Robinson Music Library
  • Mixon Hall, a 235-seat, state-of-the-art recital hall
  • The Robert and Jean Conrad Audio Control Room for high-tech broadcasting
  • The Fred A. Lennon Education Building which includes new practice rooms, teaching studios and a student lounge
  • The Kulas Center for International Education (Distance Learning Studio)
  • The renovations also included administrative spaces and the addition of the Gilliam Family Music Garden, viewable year round from Mixon Hall.

    Notable Alumni

  • Ryan Anthony, trumpeter
  • Alan Baer, Principal Tuba, New York Philharmonic
  • Benny Bailey, jazz trumpeter
  • Mignon Bennet, pianist,past Chair of CIM Piano Department
  • Mike Block, Cellist, Singer, Composer
  • Jim Brickman, pianist
  • Steven Byess, conductor
  • Nickitas J. Demos, composer
  • David Diamond, composer
  • Elaine Douvas, Principal Oboe, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chair of Woodwind Department, Juilliard School
  • Houston Dunleavy, composer and conductor
  • Dennis Eberhard, composer
  • Donald Erb, composer
  • John Ferritto, composer and conductor
  • Chuck Findley, brass player
  • Aubrey Foard, tubist
  • Grace Fong, Director of Keyboard Studies at Chapman University Conservatory of Music.
  • Mark George, President and CEO, Music Institute of Chicago
  • Jim Hall, guitarist
  • Joseph Hallman, composer
  • Jennifer Heemstra, pianist
  • Thomas Hill, clarinet
  • Anthony Holland, composer
  • Wataru Hokoyama, composer
  • Frank Huang, violinist
  • Judith Ingolfsson, violinist
  • Megumi Kanda, Principle trombone, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Andy Kubiszewski, rock drummer, songwriter, and record producer
  • Anton Kuerti, pianist, composer, and conductor
  • Kenneth Law, Cellist, Professor of Cello at Converse College
  • Martin Leung, pianist
  • Philip Low, pianist
  • John Mackey, composer
  • Robert Marcellus, clarinetist
  • Stephen Marchionda, guitarist
  • Tariq Masri, Principal Bassoon, Alabama Symphony Orchestra
  • Peter McCoppin, conducting
  • Mildred Miller, mezzo-soprano
  • Andres Muciño, pianist
  • Judy Niemack, jazz singer
  • Kam Ning, violinist
  • Yuriy Oliynyk, composer and pianist
  • Greg Pattillo, flautist
  • Ann Hobson Pilot, harpist
  • Kermit Poling, conductor and composer
  • Véronique Potvin, violinist
  • Nikola Resanovic, composer
  • Joshua Roman, cellist
  • Hale Smith, composer, arranger, pianist, and editor
  • Mark Summer, cellist
  • Irwin Swack, composer
  • Howard Swanson, composer
  • Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate, composer and pianist
  • Bross Townsend, jazz pianist
  • Daniil Trifonov, pianist
  • Jason Vieaux, guitarist
  • Alisa Weilerstein, cellist
  • John McLaughlin Williams, conductor and violinist
  • Jasper Wood, violinist
  • PROJECT Trio, chamber music ensemble
  • Notable CIM Faculty

  • Sergei Babayan, piano
  • Victor Babin, piano
  • Greg Banaszak, saxophone
  • Mordecai Bauman, voice
  • Ernest Bloch, composition
  • Margaret Brouwer, composition
  • Sergio Calligaris, piano
  • Joan Kwuon, violin
  • Alice Chalifoux, harp
  • Yin Chengzong, piano
  • Vinson Cole, voice
  • Franklin Cohen, clarinet
  • Max Dimoff, double bass
  • Andrew Földi, voice
  • Maurice Goldman, voice
  • Jamey Haddad, percussion
  • Grant Johannesen, piano
  • Yolanda Kondonassis, harp
  • Edwin Arthur Kraft, organ
  • William Kroll, violin
  • Massimo La Rosa, trombone
  • Jaime Laredo, violin
  • Denoe Leedy, piano
  • Arthur Loesser, piano, writer
  • John Mack, oboe
  • Eunice Podis, piano
  • Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano
  • Quincy Porter, composition
  • Olga Radosavljevich, piano
  • Sharon Robinson, cello
  • Bernard Rogers, composition
  • Beryl Rubinstein, piano and composition
  • David Shifrin, clarinet
  • Leonard Shure, piano
  • Joshua Smith, flute
  • Eleanor Steber, voice
  • Yi-Kwei Sze, voice
  • Robert Vernon, viola
  • Jason Vieaux, guitarist
  • Vitya Vronsky, piano
  • Todd Wilson, organ
  • Ivan Zenaty, violin
  • CIM Executive staff

  • Paul W. Hogle, President
  • Eric Bower, Vice President and COO
  • Karin Stone, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
  • Michael Dagon, Vice President of Development
  • Joyce Griggs, Interim Chief Academic Officer and Dean of the Conservatory
  • Marci Alegant, Director of Preparatory and Continuing Education
  • Shared Members

    The following is a list of current or retired members of The Cleveland Orchestra who are currently on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music (information as of June 1, 2014).


  • John Clouser*
  • Barrick Stees*
  • Cello

  • Stephen Geber**
  • Mark Kosower*
  • Richard Weiss*
  • Clarinet

  • Franklin Cohen**
  • Double Bass

  • Max Dimoff*
  • Scott Dixon*
  • Derek Zadinsky*
  • Flute

  • Mary Kay Fink*
  • Joshua Smith*
  • Horn

  • Richard King*
  • Richard Solis**
  • Oboe

  • Elizabeth Camus**
  • Jeffrey Rathbun*
  • Frank Rosenwein*
  • Timpani & Percussion

  • Marc Damoulakis*
  • Richard Weiner**
  • Paul Yancich*
  • Trombone & Bass Trombone

  • Massimo La Rosa*
  • Trumpet

  • Michael Miller*
  • Michael Sachs*
  • Tuba

  • Yasuhito Sugiyama*
  • Viola

  • Mark Jackobs*
  • Stanley Konopka*
  • Lynne Ramsey*
  • Robert Vernon*
  • Violin

  • William Preucil*
  • Stephen Rose*
  • *Current member of The Cleveland Orchestra and current CIM Faculty **Retired member of The Cleveland Orchestra and current CIM Faculty


    The Cleveland Institute of Music is fully accredited through two agencies: National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


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