Prelude … CAM’s Monthly Newsletter July 2016

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Congratulations to our good friend and 2013 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition First Prize Winner Timur Mustakimov on his winning the Midwest International Piano Competition!  After competing with 19 other pianists in the senior division, from ten different countries, Timur won a $10,000 cash prize and CD recording with the Blue Griffin label. He was also the winner of the new Audience Choice Award, for which he received $500.  Timur performed Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Brahms’ Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118 No. 2 for the final performance.

Russian pianist Timur Mustakimov, 28, is the winner of NTD International Piano Competition (2014), Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition (2013), Mannes Concerto Competition (2011), Jacob Flier International Piano Competition (2007), Bach Piano Competition (2003).

Timur received his undergraduate degree from Kazan State Conservatory (Russia) under the tutelage of Alfiya Burnasheva.  He continued his education at Mannes College in the studio of Vladimir Feltsman receiving full scholarship for the Master’s and Professional Studies programs.  Timur is currently working on his Doctoral Program in the studio of Dr. Abramovic.


Your tax-deductible membership dollars contribute to covering the cost of administering and managing the organization.  For the 2016-17 season, CAM is introducing new membership and ticketing systems.

– Individual Membership – $100 – Family Membership – $125 (yes, the whole family!)

Members receive a 20% discount on their single ticket purchases and will save even more by purchasing a season’s subscription package! By becoming a member, as well as a donor or sponsor, you will play an essential role in supporting and showcasing the next generation of gifted musicians. Visit CAM’s website for complete details. Become a member of CAM today, won’t you?


CAM Vice President, Anneruth Serman, came to the US in 1960 from Germany and has lived in Connecticut ever since. In 1992, Heida Hermanns asked her to join the Board of the Westport Arts Center, where she served as its President for over two years and remained on the Board for several more. Anneruth resigned from the Board when her family began to divide their time between Connecticut and California 18 years ago. Heida also asked her to be one of her executors and to serve as trustee of the Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation. Anneruth was President of the Foundation from the time of Heida’s death until its dissolution. When in California, she works as docent at the Palm Springs Art Museum, a modern art museum of growing importance and reputation. Anneruth is also a member of and volunteers at the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition in Palm Desert.


July 2016

Dear Members and Friends, It seems that membership does matter to many of you – we have received several membership renewals and additional donations totaling $2,800 to date.  Thank you all for your continued interest in what we do and for your generous support.

Our new ticketing system is now in place and ready to receive your orders online for tickets to our events, including the Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition in early November.  We have also introduced a new reduced rate subscription series for the 2016-2017 performance season that you can subscribe to on our website.  For those still unfamiliar or uncomfortable with using the internet to become a member, purchase tickets or order a subscription, Pat Durner is always available to assist you over the phone.  Please don’t hesitate to call her at 203.319.8271.

Our intern, Lindsay Clarke, is off and running.  She has set CAM up on additional social media, including Twitter and Instagram, so that our messages and progress can be noted by countless individuals who are interested in our kind of musical activity throughout the world.  She is also researching and preparing CAM to apply for government, institutional and foundation grants that will help us sustain and expand our current programs, as well as take on new initiatives.

We are on schedule in preparing for this year’s Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition.  As you know, the Competition’s Artistic Director is Board Member Wendy Morgan-Hunter, a dramatic coloratura soprano herself, who has performed opera, oratorio, jazz and musical theatre across the US and Europe.  She is currently the President of the Connecticut Chapter for the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is active with Westport’s Arts Advisory Committee.  She has put together an outstanding panel of judges that are well known in the world of opera and the concert stage.  Their names will be announced to the press in the fall.

Wendy, as CAM’s representative, is also co-producing Opera-Palooza with Salt Marsh Opera and the City of New Haven, which will be performed on Saturday evening, August 20th, on the New Haven Green.  From the many applications received, she selected ten singers from our state who are considered “emerging artists” to perform opera selections, accompanied by a Connecticut Festival Orchestra, to an audience bringing their blankets, chairs and picnic dinners to the Green.  Pizza trucks from many of New Haven’s famous Italian restaurants will be selling their wares on-site.

As is to be expected, our costs to produce these events are substantial and your membership dollars cover a very small portion of these expenses.  Many of our members have included additional contributions and others have become patrons, benefactors, advocates and donors.  Others have sponsored entire events.  We are immensely grateful for their support and hope that you, too, will consider providing us with additional backing as we continue to grow and gain greater recognition for our work.

As always – my best,


Barry Persky, President

Connecticut Alliance for Music, Inc.


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