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WelcomeExcellence in Music Education
Established 1990

Michael Tseitlin

I feel honored and fortunate to have the trust of so many talented faculty and students to lead an institution of such high quality and will work very hard to continue CIM's tradition of excellence.
Michael Tseitlin, CIM President

David Chen

I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to study with the world-class faculty at CIM. Eleven years of training Received at CIM gave me the skills and confidence to pursue a professional musician career.
David Chan, Alumni Class 1991, Laureate of the Tchaikovsky and Indianapolis International Competitions. Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Faculty at the Juilliard School of Music


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Annelle Gregory will play a Tchaikovsky Concerto with the La Jolla Symphony
at the Mandeville Auditorium
on Saturday, June 6 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, June 7 at 2:00 pm.

Musical Merit results:
Annelle Gregory $9,000
Andrea Fortier

Susan Lee played with the New City Orchestra Saint-Saens’ Concerto No.3 on Sunday, May 24 at 7:00 pm.

Goodlin Competition Results:
Junior Div.
Amy Lee and Susan Lee shared 1st place,
Eric Zhou
got 3rd place;
Senior Div.
Nathan Rim got 3rd place and
Haley Schricker got Honorable Mention.

Annelle Gregory won 1st place in Beverly Hills Concert Auditions and will be presented in several recitals in Los Angeles and San Diego. Annelle also received $7,000 grant from Sphinx Foundation to record all violin and piano works by Rachmaninoff.

VOCE State Finals results:
Emma Kim, 2nd place
Junior. Div.
Erica Hwang
, 1st place
Intermediate Div.
Ricard Xu
, 2nd place
Senior Div.
Quartet: Erica Hwang, Daniel Rim, Nathan Rim, Andrew Rim 1st place Intermediate Chamber Div.

Michael, Irina, Pasha and
Sasha Tseitlin
with best CIM students will be in Germany at the Schloss (Castle) Engers Festival from August 4-16 making great music and performing 16 concerts in great halls.

Pasha Tseitlin and Sasha Tseitlin will be on faculty at the Idyllwild Summer Music Academy from
July 12 till August 8.

Richard Xu won 2nd prize at the Grossmont Competition.

From 3/26 – 3/29 Alumni of Tseitlin Studio, concertmaster of Met and professor at Juilliard David Chan have led the San Diego Symphony and play solo with Pinchas Zuckerman at Copley Symphony Hall.

Michael Tseitlin was honored as Teacher of the Year by the American String Teachers Association.

Richard Xu, Erica Hwang,
Jenny Chen
and Haley Schricker are finalists in the San Diego Symphony Hot Shots Competition.

Haley Schricker won 1st place in State ASTA Competition and on February 21 was featured at ASTA CONVENTION performing Bach Chaconne.

Concerto Competition results:

Junior division:
Susan Lee
Jeremy Kim
Senior Division:
Erica Hwang
Richard Xu
and Jenny Chen 3rd.

VOCE Competition results:

Senior Solo:
Richard Xu 1st,
Haley Schricker
Jenny Chen 3rd

Intermediate Solo:
Erica Hwang
Jeremy Kim
Ryan Par
k 3rd
Junior Solo:
Emma Kim 1st,
Susan Lee
Chamber Intermediate:
Erica Hwang’s
Quartet 1st,
Amy Lee’s Quartet 2nd;
Emma and Jeremy Kim

Annelle Gregory won 3rd prize and $10,000 in Sphinx Competition in Detroit On November 18.

Michael and Irina Tseitlin were traveling to New York to attend a performance of Michael’s father ballet “Class Concert” by St. Petersburg Mikhailovsky Ballet Theater at the Lincoln Center and then continued on for an opening of Michael’s exhibition at the MNEMA Museum on 24th in and premiere of his ballet “Circus 1937” on 29th in Liege, Belgium.

Susan Lee won second Place in San Diego Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and Chloe Ko was a finalist.

Haley Schricker won 1st place in San Diego ASTA competition.

Musical Merit results:
Adrian Liu, Grand Prize $12,000 and Aspen Festival scholarship

Annelle Gregory, $6000, first place among strings;
Andrea Fortier, $4000 second prize among string.

Goodlin Scholarships
Seniors: Richard Xu, 2nd place,
Haley Schricker
and Andrea Fortier took Honorable Mention
Junior: Amy Lee, 2nd place,
Sofia Chamberlain
, Honorable Mention.

VOCE State Finals:
Amy Lee, 1st place in Junior Solo
Trio of Haley Schricker, Adrian Liu and Paul Maxwell 2nd place in

Intermediate Chamber:
Richard Xu 3rd place in Senior Solo

Irina Tseitlin has been touring Japan from May 8 through 18.

Annelle Gregory performed
Mozart No.4
with the San Diego Symphony to a standing ovation on Sunday, March 30.

Andrea Fortier was admitted to the Juilliard School of Music with full scholarship

Amanda Lipski was admitted to the Eastman School of Music.

Trio of Haley Schricker, Adrian Liu and Paul Maxwell performed at the Carnegie Hall on April 20th

Susan Lee performed at the Carnegie Hall on March 25, 2014

Grossmont Auditions:
Andrea Fortier, 2nd place;
Jasmine Wang
, 3rd place

MTAC Concerto Competition:
Senior Division:
Haley Schricker
, 1st place;
Jenny Chen, 2nd place,
Andrea Fortier 3rd place.
Junior Div. Amy Lee, 2nd place;
Eric Zhou
, 3rd place;
Susan Lee
, honorable mention

SDYS Concerto Comp:
Andrea Fortier, 1st place,
Richard Xu
, 2nd place

La Jolla Symphony Competition:
Andrea Fortier 1st place,
Jasmine Wang 2nd Place,
Richard Xu
, 3rd Place

Junior Division:
Amy Lee, 1st place,
Sofia Chamberlain
, 2nd place,
Susan Lee, Honorable Mention
Intermediate Division:
Jenny Chen
, 2nd place,
Kalvin Hibi, Honorable mention
Senior Division: Richard Xu, Sr. 1st place, Haley Schricker, Sr. 2nd place Andrea Fortier, Sr. 3rd place, Kristine Chien, Sr. Honorable mention

Chamber Music:
Trio: Adrian Liu, Paul Maxwell, Haley Schricker Sr. 1st Place

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Don’t miss next Virtuosi Concert

June 7, 2015 at 7:30
at the Encinitas Library!

The concert features our alumni, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony violinist Frank Almond, former Principal Cellist, professor at the Colburn Ronald Leonard and professor at USC pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald.
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