Friday, June 12, 2020

Upcoming CollabFest 2020 Events

Today's post is from Elvia Puccinelli, artistic director of CollabFest, with news on their change of plans for a socially distanced collaborative piano conference this coming October, as well as upcoming events that are happening today and continuing through the summer. 

I hope this letter finds you and yours well in these unsettling and disturbing times where there is so much for us to consider and reconsider.

In a spirit of hopefulness, I am happy to share that CollabFest 2020  - “The State of the Collaborative Arts” will take place October 15-17 as scheduled, but now in a virtual format chosen for us by the pandemic. We are eager to take full advantage of the possibilities this format offers. Please visit later this month for updates regarding the call for your presentations/performances, for registration information, and for more about the International Keyboard Collaborative Arts Society, which will begin its inaugural season in conjunction with our October conference.

I want to personally invite you to join us for CollabFest, and I hope that you will also join us for a new initiative, Collaborators in the Time of Corona: free and interactive zoom sessions for collaborators on topics participants will help us curate. Master teachers and guests will join for these weekly sessions, currently planned to run through the summer. Our goal with this initiative is to both foster personal interaction and wellness within the collaborative community and to support professional exchange in an interactive forum that offers encouragement and opportunities for growth during this time of Physically Distanced Collaboration.

Collaborators in the Time of Corona (CTC) is currently scheduled to have its first session on Friday, June 12, 12-1:15 CST, via zoom with sessions following weekly. It will be recorded and posted (all or in part) online, so if the time doesn’t work for your schedule, the content will still be available when it’s right for you.

There is no cost to participate in CTC, and you can join at any time for as many sessions as suits your needs. CTC is open to any interested pianist, so we would appreciate you spreading the word and forwarding this to those who might want (or need) to connect with their “tribe” of collabs at this time.

Collaborators often have the important role of supporting those they work with, and not just musically. CollabFest is here to support YOU in any way we can!

Your comments, questions and requests for topics are welcome, and they drive the content of our programming, so please let us know what you need.

To register, or to send any comments, please email collabfest [at] (Please contact us by 4p on Thursday to be sure to receive the zoom link in time for Friday’s meeting.)

Wishing you well, and looking forward to connecting soon,

Elvia Puccinelli, Artistic Director, and the CollabFest Team

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