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A Call for Proposals for Festival 2023
Dear members of the American Matthay Association for Piano and all others with an interest in Tobias Matthay,
I’m writing this while wearing the “hat” of chair of the Festival Committee, looking ahead to our 2023
Festival at Penn State, June 28-July 1. We are excited about what we have secured so far: recitals by
Cliburn Gold Medal winner Alexander Kobrin, Barry Snyder, Nick Susi, and Heather Lanners. Nick, our
Vice President, is a winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs competition and is a newly
appointed professor at the University of South Carolina. Heather Lanners is an associate professor of
piano at Oklahoma State University. As some of you know, Barry Snyder was scheduled to headline our 2022
Duluth Festival but was sidelined by illness; he is a professor emeritus at Eastman and also a Silver
Medal winner of the Cliburn.
Since Alexander Kobrin, who plays beautifully (as I heard in a recital at PSU a few years ago), grew up in
the Russian tradition, the theme of this year's Festival is "Matthay at the Intersection." As many of you
know, Matthay developed his systematic approach after observations of Anton Rubinstein, who was a
seminal creator of the Russian "school" of pianism. We hope to explore together the intersections of
these and other schools of pianistic thought, to better understand where they are similar, and where
We have also booked some presentations for the Festival, but we have openings for several more.
Please consider submitting a proposal (by a letter addressed to me at the email below my name) for a talk or lecture-recital!
You might specify whether your presentation would require 50 minutes or 75, and whether
PowerPoint is required. The deadline for these is midnight Monday, December 5. The proposal should
be succinct, one or two paragraphs, and should be accompanied by an equally concise updated biography. A recent
photograph would also be welcome. Accepted presentations will be publicized via the Matthay website.
AMAP president and chair of the Festival Committee
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