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Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Program is a cornerstone of the Arts and Medicine Institute.

The program enhances the environment and Cleveland Clinic experience for patients and caregivers. Listeners are provided an opportunity to engage high quality performances by local and world renowned musicians, dancers, thespians, ensembles, troupes and companies.

Artists and groups who have provided their talent include:

  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Dancing Wheels Company & School (Integrated Dance Company)
  • Cleveland Music School Settlement (School and Community Organization)
  • Members of The Cleveland Orchestra
  • Travis Caudle (Singer/Songwriter)
  • Karamu House (Theater Company)
  • Umberto Clerici (Cellist)
  • Giovanni Solima (Cellist)
  • Roots of American Music (School and Community Organization)
  • Credo Chamber Music
  • Tim Janis (Composer/Pianist)
  • Oberlin Conservatory Opera Department

If you, your ensemble, or your organization is interested in performing for the benefit of those at Cleveland Clinic, contact us at


The Musicians-in-Residence program brings some of the most talented local musicians into public spaces to provide engaging, entertaining, and educational programs for patients, families, and employees. 

Learn more about our musicians below.

Lee Bush

Lee Bush received his degrees from both Baldwin-Wallace College and the University of Missouri. He was a composer, arranger, and producer with Frank Gari Productions for eight years, recording commercial music in New York City. Lee is a music educator with years at Youngstown State University, Tri-C Jass Studies Program and Cleveland State University. He has appeared as a guest artist at Severance Hall, Tri-C Jass Fest, Shoreby Club, WCPN Radio, Progressive Field, Cleveland Museum of Art and many other venues. Lee has authored books on guitar sight reading, fingerboard understanding and comprehensive guitar instructional method.

Ariel Clayton

Since graduating with her masters’ degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2011, violinist Ariel Clayton enjoys an active life teaching and performing throughout northeast Ohio. She appears frequently at the Cleveland Clinic as a soloist, in various ensembles, and in collaboration with guest artists. Aside from the dozens of private events for which she performs yearly, Ms. Clayton has performed with CityMusic Cleveland, currently serves as guest concertmaster of the Suburban Symphony Orchestra, and has held that seat in numerous other area ensembles. Her chamber ensemble, Opus 216, performed on Tremont’s A.R.T concert series in 2011, and gave the inaugural public performance at the first evening event in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s new atrium in the fall of 2012. Committed to bringing classical music to new audiences, Ms. Clayton also performs monthly with Classical Revolution Cleveland, a collective of musicians committed to bringing music to unconventional Cleveland venues. Ms. Clayton maintains a large independent violin studio of students throughout the Cleveland area. Her students perform in area youth orchestras, and participate in multiple outreach projects each year. Ariel adores the versatile, thriving musical climate in Cleveland, and loves opportunities to reach new audiences in new ways.

Virginia Crabtree

Flutist Virginia Crabtree is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received her Masters degree studying with Mary Kay Fink and Joshua Smith. Holding a Bachelor of Music Degree from Northwestern University, Virginia graduated Magna Cum Laude with Woodwind Departmental Honors in 2007. With performances ranging from the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia to concerts for the Seminari Musicali Internazionali in Prato, Italy, Virginia has performed extensively on both flute and piccolo. In addition to these instruments, in 2009 Virginia performed the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 on Baroque flute with the Case Western Early Music Ensemble. A native of San Diego, Virginia has been a member of the California Young Artist Guild since 2003 and in 2006 was a finalist for the Northwestern Concerto Competition. In March, 2008 Virginia was also a finalist for the piccolo position of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and won second place in the National Flute Association Piccolo Artist Competition. Virginia is also an avid teacher and enjoys positions on the flute faculty for the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Cleveland Music Settlement.

Gayle Getts

Gayle Getts graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, studying with William Hebert, piccoloist of The Cleveland Orchestra. She then earned her Master's degree in flute performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying with internationally renowned flutist Alexander Murray, former principal flutist of the London Symphony Orchestra. Since that time she has been an active freelance musician, recitalist, clinician, and private flute instructor throughout Northeast Ohio.
Gayle has performed concerts at Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center with Yanni, the Moddy Blues, and Il Divo, among others. She has been principal flutist of the Cleveland Symphonic Winds, Lakewood Hometown Band, and the Sounds of Sousa Band. Since 2008, Gayle has served as flute instructor for the Aurora School of Music, presently teaching 35 students. Having taught private flute lessons for over 35 years, her students have ranged from beginners to advanced national award-winners.

Marshall Griffith

Marshall Griffith is on the Faculty of The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) where he teaches Theory and Jazz Improvisation. He received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in composition from CIM, as well as a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. He studied composition with Eugene O'Brien, Donald Erb and John Eaton, and was the recipient of The Music Teachers National Association Award in composition in 1976. His works have been published by Theodore Presser and Belle Press, and recorded on Crystal Records. He served as chairman of the Cleveland Composers Guild from 1991 until 1995. His music has been performed by the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Amici, Bel Arte and Coleridge String Quartets, the 20th Century Consort and the Black Earth Percussion Group. Active as a jazz and classical pianist, he has also been soloist with the Canton Symphony, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Pops, Suburban Symphony, CIM Orchestra, CIM Woodwind Ensemble, Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and the Case Jazz Band. He performed in a professional two-piano team, the Fine Arts Duo, from 1980 until 1990.

Mary Beth Ions

For over twenty-five years violinist Mary Beth Ions has been one of Cleveland's most active musicians. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music and did graduate studies at Pennsylvania State University. She plays in many local groups including the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Blossom Festival Orchestra, Trinity Cathedral Chamber Orchestra, and Playhouse Square productions of touring Broadway shows. She regularly provides back-up music for Mannheim Steamroller, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Rod Stewart, Smokey Robinson, Yanni, Sarah Brightman, Jewel, Clay Aiken and Josh Groban. Other notable performances include performing with Scott Hamilton and Kristi Yamaguchi at Quicken Loans Arena for the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, a performance for President George W. Bush as a member of RED {an orchestra}, and a performance for Hilary Clinton. She has developed versatile programs to bring to schools and nursing homes and is a founding member of Amethyst, a versatile string quartet that provides music for churches, synagogues, parties, weddings, and high profile events.

Dan Kalosky

Dan received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music performance from Youngstown State University. He spent twelve years as a staff musician for Norwegian Caribbean Cruise Lines and four years on the Stella Solaris doing world cruises. While performing at sea, he backed-up many artists including: The Fifth Dimension, Little Richard, and Patti Labelle. In Miami, Dan performed with Latin recording artist Zieda Palma, Nester Torez, and The Barry Herman Orchestra. In addition to the previously mentioned venues, Dan spent a year in Las Vegas and has performed in diverse venues including Carnegie Hall, "Casa del Mar, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Paradise Casino, Monte Carlo Casino, and Breaker's Hotel. Dan is currently employed as a section bassist with the Greenville Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, and Youngstown Playhouse. He can also been seen as a freelance performance with others.

Alan Petersen

Alan received his degree from Kent State University with post-graduate work completed at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland State University. For twenty-eight years, he served as a High School Music Director and also led the male vocal ensemble Quartific. He is a vibraphone specialist in large and small groups performing at Blossom Music Center, Playhouse Square, WEWS Television, Back Center For The Arts, NightTown, and many other locations. He is an experienced piano technician, church music director, and music group performance tour consultant.

Sean Snapp

Sean Snapp is a freelance flutist in the Cleveland area, where her serves as principal flute with the Opera Circle Orchestra and second flute with the Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as maintaining a private teaching studio. Sean is also interested in the connection between music and medicine and has recently completed an internship in music therapy at the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio as the final step towards becoming a board certified in music therapy. Sean holds bachelor's and master's degrees in performance from the Cleveland institute of Music, where he studied with Joshua Smith and Mary Kay Fink.

Susan Strasek

Susan Strasek is a soloist, chamber musician, and freelance harpist. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she earned her Bachelor's of Music Degree in Harp Performance. Susan completed additional studies at the Salzedo School Summer Harp Colony of America. Performances with various orchestras including the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, and The Cleveland Orchestra. She served as Principal harp for both Lyric Opera Cleveland and the Youngstown Symphony. Guest appearances include the Arkansas Opera Theater and the Metropolitan Opera. Susan has performed under such notable conductors as Louis Lane, Mathias Bamert, James Levine, and Lorin Maazel. Her credits include twenty-three years as Principal Harp for Blossom Music Center's Blossom Festival Concert Band and their Special Attractions. She has also been a member of the Playhouse Square Orchestra in Cleveland, Ohio. Not limited exclusively to classical repertoire, Susan has performed diverse styles with well known artists including Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Julie Andrews, Burt Bacharach, Aretha Franklin, Perry Como, Henry Mancini, Rosemary Clooney, David Sanborn, Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt, and Mannheim Steamroller. She was featured with the international Irish Group, The Chieftains. Susan served as a harp teacher in the Preparatory Department of the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is a protege of Alice Chalifoux.

Performing Arts Program Application

Dear Performing Artist,

Thank you for your interest in providing performing arts for our patients, family members, visitors, and employees. All individuals seeking consideration for participation in the Performing Arts Program should complete the application form. You will be contacted only if the Performing Arts Program wishes to engage in a performance.

Complete Performing Arts Program Application