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  • From: "Michelle Pollak" <>
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  • Subject: I2-NEWS: Distance Learning Event Features Michael Tilson Thomas
  • Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2004 13:26:10 -0500
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  • Organization: Internet2


CLEVELAND, OHIO - March 18, 2004 -Michael Tilson Thomas, Founder and Artistic
Director of the New World Symphony, will participate
in a master class between the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida and CIM on
April 2 utilizing the Internet2 network via H.323. CIM
is an Associate member of Internet2 and connects to the Internet2 network by
arrangement with Case Western Reserve University, Ohio
OARnet and the Abilene Network. CIM uses high speed MPEG 2 codecs to deliver
and receive high quality video with stereo CD quality
sound. The CIM to New World Symphony connections typically run at speeds up
to 15 Megabytes per second.

A Conductor's Roundtable Discussion ensues at 2:00 p.m. with Maestros Tilson
Thomas and Sir Neville Marriner, located in Miami,
representatives from the Manhattan School of Music -- also connected via
Internet2, and Carl Topilow, Director of the Orchestral
Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, along with CIM conducting
students. At 4:15 p.m., members of the CIM Orchestra will
perform Wagner's Seigfried Idyll as CIM conducting students participate in a
master class critiqued by Michael Tilson Thomas.

The use of Internet2 has a significant impact on educational and artistic
programs. This high speed connection allows musicians to
perform in real time with minimal gaps in timing, often found with lower
speed connections, and with CD quality audio and high
resolution video. CIM sees many opportunities for this technology to be used
in recruitment and delivery of high quality educational
programs to students around the world.

Other distance leaning ventures include:

- Session with the Royal Academy of Music in London. The Royal Academy is
launching its distance learning program with "The Genius
of the Violin." CIM is one of its first links. Juliana Athayde, violin
student of Paul Kantor and the first participant in the
Concertmaster Academy at CIM, studying with Cleveland Orchestra
Concertmaster, William Preucil, will be featured. (March 29)
- Stephen Geber, head of the CIM cello department and retired Principal
Cellist of The Cleveland Orchestra, leads a masterclass with
the cello section of the New World Symphony (April 1)
- Jason Vieaux, head of the CIM guitar department, with Interlochen Arts
Academy students (April 8)

The Cleveland Institute of Music has taken a leadership role in serving as a
consultant/facilitator with Interlochen. CIM has been
working to improve the school's connectivity with a possible connection to
the Internent2 high speed network.

Distance learning programs at CIM connect in real time to teachers and
students. Web-based and other multimedia materials augment
each videoconference connection. CIM is a leader in K-12 interdisciplinary
courses, including programs specially designed for
science, language arts, and history classes. These programs target specific
academic proficiency skills while enlivening the
curriculum with music and musical ideas. Professional development provides
valuable courses for educators, performers, music
administrators and distance learning program administrators.

CIM distance learning programs are supported in part by The Callahan
Foundation, The Kulas Foundation and an Ohio SchoolNet
Telecommunity grant.

For more information, call CIM at (216)791-5000 or visit the web site at

  • I2-NEWS: Distance Learning Event Features Michael Tilson Thomas, Michelle Pollak, 03/25/2004

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