Prelude … CAM’s Monthly Newsletter January 2016

Jan 12, 2016 | Posted by | 0 comments

The 2016 Heida Hermanns International Music Competition Returns to Westport

This year’s Voice Competition is returning to Westport, where it all began over four decades ago.  The Competition, which rotates between, strings, piano and voice, will be celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016, along with Heida’s 110th birthday!

The celebration and competition will be held on the weekend of November 5-6, 2016 at the Westport Unitarian Church, so mark your calendars NOW!

Complete details will be shared as we get closer!


CAM Awarded a 2016 Supporting Arts In Place (SAP) Matching Grant

The Connecticut Arts Council of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) awarded CAM a matching grant in the amount of $3,467! CAM was recognized as contributing significantly to the agency’s goals and support’s the state’s local and regional economies.

For FY16, 99 Supporting Arts in Place grants totaling $515,000 were awarded, with grant amounts ranging from $257 to $16,636.

In this day and age of arts funding cuts, CAM is thrilled to have been chosen!


Meet the Board!

CAM is pleased to welcome Dr. Dominique Johnson, who joined the Board in November.  She is the founder of edtech nonprofit 1dr labs, an educational consultant, researcher and classical music broadcaster and producer at WMNR.

A lifelong violinist and fiddler, she performed with chamber ensembles as a violist at Bryn Mawr College and the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music.  Dominique earned her PhD in Urban Education from Temple University, an MA in Communication from Stanford University and a BA in Communication Studies from Bryn Mawr College.

Dominique is driven by a keen interest in creating new, innovative educational experiences and is an enthusiastic advocate for classical music among the younger generations.  She was recently elected the Chair of CAM’s Educational Outreach Committee.


January 2016

Dear Members,

The New Year is off to a great start for CAM.

This year, the 45th Heida Hermanns International Music Competition will feature vocalists from around the world on Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th.  We listened to your many comments about last year’s Competition venue and are pleased to announce that this year’s Competition will return to Westport and be held at the very beautiful and distinctive Unitarian Church.  Announcements of the Competition are currently being sent to more than 700 deans, professors and arts administrators at universities and conservatories across the country.

Rachell Wong, a winner of the 2014 Heida Hermanns International String Competition, will be performing for us at our next house concert in Westport on Sunday, April 3rd.  We will, again, have a chance to appreciate her remarkable skills as a violinist and her impressive stage presence. The concert is graciously being hosted by a new CAM member.

We are also in communication with arts management programs at several nearby universities and conservatories to engage their students in an internship with CAM.  Interns will have the opportunity to gain practical insight and experience, participate in our strategic planning process, research and develop collaborations with other like-minded organizations and assist in the implementation of an expanded educational outreach program.  We will keep you informed of who will eventually join our team.

We couldn’t be doing this without your encouragement and support.  Again, many thanks.

My best,


Barry Persky, President
Connecticut Alliance for Music, Inc.

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