Tuesday, March 09, 2021

The 2021 Collaborative Piano Institute

The Collaborative Piano Institute has announced their 2021 summer festival, which will run between June 6 and 26th with the added possibility of a hybrid option. Below is the announcement from Ana Maria Otamendi. The deadline will be March 15, and you can find the application form here:

Dear students and colleagues,

It is my pleasure once again to invite you to apply to the fifth edition of the Collaborative Piano Institute and the Vocal Academy, which will take place between June 6th - 26th 2021 at Louisiana State University. We have a lot of exciting new features!

We are still planning for an in-person festival, but if COVID restrictions make this impossible, we will once again transition to a fully online format as we did last summer with great success. We are also contemplating a hybrid option in which students (active participants and auditors) have the option to come in person or participate remotely. We will stay flexible in the hopes of offering the best experience possible! Our program is open to all pianists who are interested in the collaborative arts, from undergraduate students to professionals.

We are elated to welcome an even larger roster of collaborative piano superstars: Warren Jones (Manhattan School of Music) will join returning faculty members Kathleen Kelly, (Cincinnati College Conservatory, former Director of Musical Studies at the Vienna Staatsoper, and former Head of Music/Music Director at Houston Grand Opera), Rita Sloan (Aspen Music Festival and University of Maryland), Martin Katz (University of Michigan),  Jonathan Feldman (Juilliard School and New England Conservatory), Christopher Turbessi (Rice University), Elena Abend (University of Wisconsin), Ana Maria Otamendi (Louisiana State University) and Elena Lacheva (Louisiana State University) among many others. For more information please see the attachment or visit our website and our Facebook page and also check out the Testimonials of our alumni. 

We continue to offer the intensive learning experience which we are known for,  tailored to the individual needs of every pianist through individual lessons, collaboration with seasoned professionals in recitals and masterclasses, and over 50 group classes, lectures, and performance opportunities. We have several merit-based scholarships available, as well and the deadline to apply is March 15th 2021.

We are also proud to present the fabulous Four Corners Ensemble as our ensemble in residence! The members of the group will be playing standard repertoire and contemporary music with the CPI participants, and will be teaching composers and instrumentalists during the second week of the Institute. The amazing violinist Simon Gollo will also teach, coach, and perform lots of sonatas and chamber music with participants and faculty. If you want to play with some of these amazing musicians, come join us this summer!

The Vocal Academy, in its third year, welcomes graduate student singers, advanced undergraduate students, as well as singers who are getting ready for the audition circuit. The singers will have the opportunity to coach with renowned artists in individual sessions, masterclasses, and group classes, as well to perform in numerous opportunities with the pianists of the Institute. They will also get private lessons with voice professors from renowned universities, as well as lectures specific to their areas of study. For more information please visit our website.

I hope that you would consider sharing this email with interested students. I would be happy to answer any questions and to discuss what makes our program such an exciting offering to any young and mature pianists.


Elena Lacheva and Ana Maria Otamendi, Directors

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