Cleveland Institute of Music

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.

Cleveland Institute of Music
EndowmentUS $28.8 million[1]
PresidentPaul Hogle
Academic staff
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AffiliationsCase Western Reserve University

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[2] 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.[3]

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[4] 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%.[5] 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.


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[6] 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

Notable faculty


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

  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


  1. As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 14, 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
  2. "College Navigator - Cleveland Institute of Music". Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  3. "Admissions & Aid". Cleveland Institute of Music. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  4. "Joint Music Program". Cleveland Institute of Music. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  5. "College Navigator - Cleveland Institute of Music". Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  6. Giuffo, John. "America's Prettiest Neighborhoods". Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  7. "College Navigator - Cleveland Institute of Music". Retrieved October 1, 2017.

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