Diversity push for middle- and high-schoolers at Cleveland Institute of Music

Posted on: May 16, 2018

Three new Fellows will join the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Musical Pathway Fellowship program for talented African American and Latinx youth in the fall. They are flutist Mariana Castañeda, who will be a sophomore at Cleveland School for the Arts in the fall; bass player Travis Phillips, who will enter fifth grade at University School next year; and cellist Hannah Rowland-Seymour, will start eighth grade at Hathaway Brown in the fall. They will join Fellows Damian Goggans (guitar) and cellist Evan Rowland-Weymour (double bass). The program has also changed its name, having launched in 2017 as the Minority Artist Fellowship program. Students in the program are immersed in the precollege curriculum of the CIM Preparatory Department, where they receive weekly private instruction from CIM Preparatory faculty members, and participate in ensembles, music theory, and Eurhythmics classes. Fellows present public performances, attend master classes and workshops, and, with their families, meet regularly with mentors and program leaders to set goals and share feedback. The Fellows receive full scholarships and are partnered with CIM conservatory students as practice and academic partners. The Fellowship program is overseen by CIM Talent Development Program Officer Lisa Whitfield.

Posted May 16, 2018