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A Call for Proposals for Festival 2024

Dear members of the American Matthay Association for Piano and all others with an interest in Tobias Matthay,

Im writing this while wearing the hat of chair of the Festival Committee, looking ahead to our 2024 Festival at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, June 12-15. We are excited about what we have secured so far: in addition to the recital I'll be performing, we have scheduled recitals by Anton Nel, Kimberly Cann, and the two-piano team of Phillip Young and Jocelyn Chang, whose selections will include both Suites of Sergei Rachmaninoff. As you may know, Anton Nel, now at the University of Texas in Austin, is an internationally acclaimed performer and teacher. A native of South Africa, his teachers have included the noted South-African pianist and teacher Adolph Hallis, a pupil of Matthay. Kimberly, a pupil of Rita Fandrich and Barry Snyder (and a former Clara Wells winner), has received acclaim in recent years for her two-piano work with her sister Michelle, and as many reading this will also know, they were the featured soloists this past March at the MTNA Convention in Reno. Phillip Young will be well-known to AMAP members for his longtime support of our organization and his service as a Board member. He and Jocelyn, both of whom hold doctorates from USC, currently serve on the faculty of Pasadena City College, where Phillip is also Chair of Keyboard Studies.

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 Friday, December 15. 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.

Steven Smith
AMAP president and chair of the Festival Committee

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