2015 Was an Incredible Year for CAM!

Dec 22, 2015 | Posted by | 0 comments

Oh, what a year we’ve had!!

Dear Members and Supporters,

It has been an incredible year of growth for CAM. The Heida Hermanns International Music Competition attracted the most applicants in its 44-year history using 21stcentury technology to receive, process and distribute to a world-class panel of judges video audition recordings necessary to select and invite the most talented musicians to compete in this year’s Piano Competition, which was held in a new, acoustically-rich venue. The Competition’s new Artistic Director brought an unsurpassed level of piano expertise to the event and attracted the finest adjudicators to the contest, raising the Competition to the next level of world-wide prominence in the music world.

Our new website and presence in social media has conveyed our activities to a wider and much younger audience that will hopefully assure that our many programs will continue far into the future.

Sadly, we lost two long-standing and invaluable Board Members, Suzanne Kanner and Eve Dillingham. These women were the backbone of CAM for decades and gave their hearts and souls to the organization.

Three new members of our Board were recently added. Each has unique experience and skills that will give us greater depth to run our organization more efficiently and help us develop and manage new initiatives in collaborative efforts with other like-minded music organizations in our state, as well as expand the service offerings of our Outreach Program throughout Connecticut.

For the first time, your Connecticut Alliance for Music has been awarded a grant by the State of Connecticut Office of the Arts to support our mission to champion young musicians and the live performance of fine music.

Our entire House Concert season featured past winners of the Heida Hermanns International Music Competition, which gave these extraordinary musicians performance opportunities as they embark on their respective music careers. Our audiences were thrilled with their presentations and, as a result, many attended this year’s Competition for the first time.

After a one-year suspension, our Outreach Program was rebooted with programs offered in the Bridgeport School System that integrated the presentation of fine music with other academic disciplines and validated through the use of teacher and pupil questionnaires.

“prelude”, our new monthly newsletter, began publication in December and will keep our members and supporters informed of CAM’s activities, as well as mark the career milestones of our Competition winners.

2016 will be a year of continued growth for CAM as we expand the number of House Concerts to other parts of our state, continue to achieve even greater recognition of the Heida Hermanns International Music Competition by increasing prize money and the number of performance opportunities for the winners and increasing the number of CAM members through collaborations, alliances and partnerships with other organizations in Connecticut.

We give credit where credit is due. Without your support and encouragement, none of these accomplishments would have been realized. We sincerely thank you for all you have done and hope that you will continue to come to our events and support our growth.

My best wishes for a happy holiday season,

Barry Persky

61 Unquowa Road ● Fairfield, Connecticut 06824 ● 203.319.8271 ● CAM@CAMusic.org

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