My new life in Cleveland!
Welcome to my first blog post! This is a very exciting time in my life because I've moved into a totally different part of the country, into a totally different state, into a totally different city, with a totally different school.
After this first week of orientation at the Cleveland Institute of Music, which involved numerous meetings, tours, and even auditions, I was able to meet and connect with many people that were attending CIM in making and shaping their careers in music. I've met people from Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Diego, Portland, New York City, Bloomington, Boston, and even people from Taiwan, Mexico, and France. Surprisingly enough, I didn't meet anyone that was from Cleveland, or from Ohio for that matter; the fact that so many people are from different parts of the country actually made it more welcoming for us towards the institute since we were all looking for some sort of interaction in this new city we know as home.
The Institute of Music is located in a convenient part of the city which is next door to Case Western Reserve University, a predominantly research oriented school. The Institute is involved in a partnership with CWRU, which involves with allowing both collections of students to take courses at either institutions, such as general education classes for undergraduates of CIM at Case Western, and CWRU students taking certain music history courses at the institute of music. University Circle also houses institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Art, Severance Hall, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, the Museum of Art, and the Museum of History. The Cleveland Clinic is also a helpful neighbor to CIM because of the treatment it's willing to give to CIM students. The sector of the clinic that specializes in ear health and hearing damage prevention will give any CIM student a free checkup that is usually $395.00, which is great for us musicians that need to stay aware of the health of our hearing!
On one of the last nights of orientation, CIM was gracious enough to buy all of us tickets to go and see the Cleveland Orchestra perform, which allowed all of us to experience the same thing we all love in performance: Music.
While the concert was only about an hour long, it didn't take long for me to realize that I had made one of the best decisions in my life to come here to pursue my masters degree. Hearing the orchestra play at a level that many orchestras could only dream of playing at is something that a lot of people take for granted. Being a bassoonist, this concert appealed to me since the composers featured in the program were avid in their writing for the instrument, which made me smile. The bassoon section for the program, which was comprised of John Clouser as principal, and Barrick Stees on second, was a window into how I wanted to sound on my horn, which was probably the biggest reason of why I decided to come here in the first place, especially after hearing Clouser's rich, buoyant tone. You can find his bio page on the Cleveland Orchestra's site here. I'm extremely excited to be working with him for the next two years at CIM.
While the new school year unfolds in the next coming days, I will do what it takes for me to become the best player that I can be. I'm lucky to be a part of this wonderful school where I'm surrounded by people who want to excel in the same field, but with different backgrounds.
Until the next blog!