When the Cleveland Institute of Music started applications for its inaugural class of the new Minority Artist Fellowship (MAF) program for African-American and Latino Students, a big success story began. CIM has just announced: « When162 of the world’s most talented classical music students arrive at the Cleveland Institute of Music next fall, they will represent the most competitive and accomplished incoming class in CIM’s storied history. They will also be the most racially diverse: African American, Latinx and Native Hawaiian students will be an historic 17 percent of the incoming class.

“In the highly-competitive world of America’s top classical music conservatories, families put their trust in programs because of the faculty, the learning environment and the school’s collaborators,” said Paul W. Hogle, President and CEO. “In CIM’s incoming class we have matriculated a record number of top recruits and accept the mantle of being a national-leader for the racial diversity filling our practice rooms, studios and concert halls. This achievement matches our vision to be the future of classical music.”

The newest members of the CIM community are leaving homes in Asia, North and South America, Europe and Israel to study, practice and perform in Cleveland – a geographic diversity that represents an international population of 26% from 12 different countries. Domestically, 32 states are represented.

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