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
 Associate Professor, CWRU
Francesca Brittan | harpsichord and fortepiano
Associate Professor, CWRU
Olga Gradojevich | piano
Derek Nishimura | piano
Sean Schulze | piano
Gerardo Teissonnière | piano
Shuai Wang | piano
Todd Wilson | organ

Joan Ellison | pop vocals
Denise Milner Howell | voice
Mary Schiller | voice
Head, Voice (CIM)
Dean Southern | 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


* denotes CIM Conservatory Faculty