The Preparatory & Continuing
Education division, led by Dean Sandra Shapiro,will honor its
graduating seniors in a private commencement ceremony on May 18.
Trustee Carl E. Baldassarre will serve as master of ceremony. Dr.
Gary Ciepluch, conductor for the University Circle Wind Ensemble and
founder/music director of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies (CYWS)
will give the address.
“Dr. Gary Ciepluch has been a vital part of this institution
for more than 25 years, establishing one of the strongest programs
within our Preparatory division,” said Shapiro. “We draw more than 345
wind, brass and percussion students from all over Northeast Ohio
because of the CYWS.”
This season, CWYS celebrates their 25th season with Ciepluch
at the helm.
Violinist Ann Yu will be presented with the Outstanding
Senior Award. She is concertmistress of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth
Orchestra, recently won CIM’s Preparatory Concerto Competition, is a
regular attendee at music festivals and performs in numerous community
outreach performances, exemplifying the qualities that CIM seeks in a
In addition to recognizing the graduating seniors, the
division will present the Excellence in Teaching Award to Dr. Sean
Schulze (chair of the Preparatory piano department).
“Dr. Schulze has distinguished himself not only in his role
as a prominent and respected teacher, but as a strong leader in our
Preparatory piano department,”Shapiro said. “His students have won
numerous local and national competitions and he continues to attract
some of the finest talent to his studio.”
Just like its Conservatory counterpart, the Preparatory
Commencement ceremony will feature performances by students.C