August 25, 2020
CIMF August Newsletter
Announcing October Program!
CIMF Fall Youth Workshop Update

Exciting News! We are pleased to announce that the CIMF Youth Program rescheduled from this August will take place October 8-12. The program is open to string players only who are aged 21 and under. All participants perform in one chamber group led by an artist-faculty member, receive a private lesson virtually in advance, and participate in master classes and special sessions.

Due to the extremely quick turnaround in putting together our program, all applications must be submitted on or before next Friday, September 4th. The program has been modified in accordance with extremely rigorous COVID-19 safety guidelines. Please read through them before submitting your application. 

CIMF Presents Live Music

CIMF Artists Chelsea Starbuck Smith, Julia Choi, Molly Goldman, and Mitch Lyon performed a wonderful concert outdoors at Lounsbury House earlier this month. The concert, entitled ‘Horizon,’ featured works based on the ideas American rejuvenation, reflection, and innovation and included works by Antonín Dvořák, Jessie Montgomery, Florence Price, Caroline Shaw, Carlos Simon, Christopher Theofanidis, and CIMF artistic director Paul Frucht. Check out their performance of “Drink to Me with Thine Own Eyes” from Florence Price’s Five Folksongs in Counterpoint
Thank You Jon Cziner

Jon Cziner will be stepping down as CIMF associate artistic director, but will remain with us as composition artist-faculty, guiding our young composers, judging our annual call for scores, and advising on programming for artist concerts. Jon has been a major force in ensuring CIMF’s commitment both to American composers and to young composers for whom CIMF is often their first opportunity to hear their work performed. We wish him well in his new home in Dallas and look forward to bringing him to CIMF next August! 
Emma Dawson
Henry Idone
Kiril Volkov
Congratulations to the winners of the
CIMF Virtual Solo and Chamber Music Competition!

CIMF participants were invited to participate in a virtual competition in which they received a virtual coaching and then submitted a performance video to be judged by CIMF Artists Julia Choi, George Meyer, and Paul Frucht. Congratulations to the winners - Emma Dawson, Henry Idone, and Kiril Volkov!

They will perform their works on a future CIMF Artist Concert. We also congratulate Kian Broderick and Dmitri Volkov, who were awarded Honorable Mentions.

CIMF Artist News
Caeli Smith launches MusicAlly

MusicAlly is an online lesson platform that works to bridge the inequality gap in music training by providing lessons to children from backgrounds underrepresented in classical music. Operating using a buy-one-give-one model - when a family pays for a lesson, a second child gets a lesson of equal length and value - MusicAlly is successfully building an international community. Through their PenPal program, students are paired (based on age and level) to send each other weekly email check-ins and practice videos, designed for practice accountability, and for the students to offer each other constructive feedback. Through MusicAlly's mentorship program, students give or receive weekly coaching sessions (with a staff member present). Older students gain teaching experience, and younger students receive extra guidance. Students who already have private teachers are eligible to join our PenPal and Mentorship programs. 

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