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Joint Music Program Faculty


CIM faculty who are a part of the Joint Music Program, a partnership with Case Western Reserve University, provide private music lessons and studio instruction to CWRU students. In the sections below you will find the faculty who teach in each area.

If you are interested in learning more about applied study with these Joint Music Program Faculty, please contact:

Jennifer Wright | Coordinator of Department Operations & Undergraduate Recruitment  
Case Western Reserve University 
Department of Music
Office: 216.368.2400


Music Theory & Composition

Keith Fitch | composition
Head, Composition (CIM) 

Lisa Rainsong | music theory
(CWRU music major sequence)

Irwin Shung | music theory
(CWRU music minor sequence)



Julie Andrijeski | baroque strings
Senior Instructor, CWRU

Donald Better | guitar (classical/jazz/electric/bass)

Lisa Boyko | viola

Bryan Dumm | cello

Jody Guinn | harp

Kathleen Horvath | double bass
Associate Professor, CWRU

Ida Mercer | cello

Carol Ruzicka | violin

Rene Schiffer | baroque cello

Stephen Sims | violin



Peter Bennett | harpsichord and organ
CWRU Faculty

Francesca Brittan | harpsichord and fortepiano
Assistant Professor, CWRU

Olga Gradojevich | piano

Derek Nishimura | piano

Sean Schulze | piano

Gerardo Teissonnière | piano

Shuai Wang | piano

Todd Wilson | organ



Clifford Billions | voice

Joan Ellison | pop vocals

Mary Schiller | voice
Head, Voice (CIM) 

Dean Southern | voice

Emily Stauch | voice












Paul Ferguson | trombone
Senior Instructor, CWRU 

Meghan Guegold | horn

Ryan Scherber | tuba and euphonium
Assistant Professor, CWRU

Loren Toplitz | trumpet 



Gregory Banaszak | saxophone

Heidi Ruby-Kushious | flute

Mark DeMio | bassoon

Dan Gilbert | clarinet

Debra Nagy | baroque oboe and recorder

Kathie Stewart | baroque flute and recorder

Cynthia Watson | oboe



Matthew Larson | percussion and drum set
Part-time Lecturer, CWRU


Historical Performance Practice

Visiting artists:

Ellen Hargis | voice

Cathy Meints | viola da gamba 

Aaron Sheehan  | voice


Chamber Music

Annie Fullard | String & Piano Chamber Music Ensemble
Chamber Music Faculty, CIM

* denotes CIM Conservatory Faculty
















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