Please note: All of API's information is being incorporated into the website of the Colorado Springs Conservatory. All future correspondence should be directed to: www.csconservatory.org.
June 1, 2014
After 14 great years of bringing outstanding pianists together for performance, competition and celebration, Amateur Pianists International (API) is opening an exciting new chapter. As of now, all of our activities will be initiated and managed as a project under the aegis of the Colorado Springs Conservatory, Linda Weise, Founding Executive Director.
For twenty years, the Conservatory has had great success in its primary mission of “cultivating young performance artists,” and many of its graduates have gone on to exceptional professional careers in the arts. Others choose careers outside of music but are still passionately involved in music and welcome opportunities to continue to learn and perform. That is where API has come in, providing wonderful performance and other musical opportunities for the talented non-professional. The Conservatory recognized the need to reach out to the non-professional and saw a natural fit with API. We looked at the Conservatory and saw immediately that it has the vision, the enthusiasm and the professional staff to take our organization well beyond what we have started. It was also clear that the Conservatory intends to maintain the same festive, caring approach to amateur pianism that we have, and that was another plus. So the deal was done and there were smiles all around.
I probably could have continued to guide API for the foreseeable future, but that’s the problem with the future: it is not foreseeable. Rather than attempt a clumsy hand-off perhaps at a time of great stress, API has been fortunate to be able to arrange an orderly transition to a well-respected institution.
Meantime, we are helping to plan the 2014 Celebration of the Amateur Pianist to take place in Colorado Springs from July 18-20. Highlights include:
- a.A seminar, master class and Saturday evening recital by internationally-acclaimed pianist David Korevaar
- b.A Sunday afternoon Cavalcade of Winners—performances by past Rocky Mountain Amateur Piano Competition winners Paul Romero, Thomas Maurice, Dale Backus and Dmytro Vynohradov
- c.Several other surprise events and receptions
The 2015 Celebration will include a competition.
Yours in music,
Charles P. Cabell Jr.
Amateur Pianists International