Cleveland Institute of Music

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Cleveland Institute of Music
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Type Private music conservatory
Established1920;102 years ago (1920)
Endowment $45.1 million (2020) [1]
President Paul Hogle
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States
Affiliations Case Western Reserve University

The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) is a private music conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio. Founded in 1920 by Ernest Bloch, it enrolls 325 students in the conservatory and approximately 1,500 students in the preparatory and continuing education programs. [2] There are typically about 100 openings per year for which 1,000-1,200 prospective students apply.


Many members of The Cleveland Orchestra serve as faculty at CIM and CIM alumni can be found in major orchestras throughout the United States and the world. [3]


CIM's East Boulevard entrance Cleveland Institute of Music.JPG
CIM's East Boulevard entrance

CIM is located in the University Circle, a four-mile square neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland.

Opened in 1961, the main building houses teaching studios, practice rooms, recital halls, a music library, and classrooms. The building was expanded in 2007, adding 34,000 square feet of space. This included a new entryway and lobby, an expansion to the music library, a new recital hall, recording/broadcast suites, new practice rooms, and additional administrative offices. [4] [5]

Through a cooperative arrangement with nearby Case Western Reserve University, CIM students have full access to many university amenities, and, if accepted to both institutions, can pursue a dual degree both at CIM and Case Western Reserve. [6]


The Cleveland Institute of Music is accredited by two agencies: [7]

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