A Very Special Event is Coming Up.
The Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music are having their centennials in both 2018 and 2020 respectively.
What does this mean for the greater community of Cleveland, and what does this mean for your school?
This is an opportunity for us to tell our story.
This helps remind Cleveland of the depth and breadth of its leading cultural institutions.
This is a city that values its history.
When the times were the roughest here, the river being on fire, the city being in fiscal default, the rustbelt…
The orchestra gave the city its brightest light.
Even for people that had no idea about what was going on at Severance Hall, it was always a reflection of our city’s perseverance and unity.
It is of great benefit to all of us here.
Paul, you have been president for just a year so far at Cleveland. What would you like your legacy to be when you are one day finished with your position at the school?
I…want…CIM to be all the things we say she is.
This aspiration is never something that will be fully done.
But, this is something we can all look at and say “I know what that will look like. I have an idea of how to get us there.”
My answer is this…
This isn’t about me. Jobs come and go.
I love this place. Cleveland is my hometown.
I want what happens in this building to change my industry through it.
And that’s always been our dream.
It is unbelievable that CIM exists.
It is away from the other cultural epicenters of the US. It is in a smallish American north coast city.
And yet, it turns out some of the finest product historically ever. It goes head to head with those other schools.
I want the Cleveland Institute of Music to continue to be all the things we say she is.
I want the Cleveland Institute of Music to become things we haven’t even imagined her to be.
Turning out students changing the world…
That is what I want here.
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