Richard Weiner

Richard Weiner

The Cleveland Institute of Music will honor Richard Weiner, its distinguished CIM percussion faculty member, posthumously with an honorary doctor of musical Arts Degree at the school’s May 18 commencement, according to a news release.

“There was no one like Rich Weiner,” Paul Hogle, CIM president and CEO, said in the release. “He was legendary at CIM as a teacher and all over the world as a renowned, highly-respected percussionist. We are privileged to have had his talent, his artistry, his scholarship and his wisdom at CIM for 55 years ... He had a work ethic that was unmatched and instilled in every one of his students. It is for these reasons that we are thrilled to award an honorary doctor of music degree to Rich and his family.”

Weiner, who died Dec. 30, 2018, at age 78, was also The Cleveland Orchestra’s principal percussion emeritus. His wife, Jacqueline Weiner, will accept the honorary degree for him and their family.

Two CIM alumni, Linda Strommen and Wesley Collins, will be honored with awards at commencement. Strommen will receive the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and Collins will receive the Alumni Achievement Award.

CIM’s Honors Convocation will be at 4 p.m. May 17 in CIM’s Mixon Hall and is open to the public. Commencement is at 10 a.m. May 18 and is not open to the public. Both events will be livestreamed at cim.edu/commencement. 

“CIM is honored to recognize Linda Strommen and Wesley Collins, two of our many accomplished alumni who exemplify the musicianship, mentorship and community engagement that are the characteristics of a CIM education,” Judy Bundra, chief academic officer of CIM and dean of its conservatory, said in the release. “A devoted teacher and clinician, Linda has inspired a new generation of oboists during her years of instruction at Jacobs, Juilliard, Mannes and other institutions. Her former students have gone on to careers in orchestras all over the globe. Her career as a performer culminated in a coveted position with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Wes’ resume has grown exponentially since he graduated from CIM in 2007. We are so proud that he was named principal viola with The Cleveland Orchestra in 2016 after four years as a member of the Boston Symphony Orchesra. We look forward to Linda and Wes sharing their advice with our graduates and the community at Honors Convocation.”

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