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CIPC Newsletter: Fall 2019

September 30th 2019

What an incredible summer it was! CIPC hosted the first-of-its-kind Competition Preparatory Camp for Young Artists at Baldwin-Wallace University and concluded our 2019 Concert Series with Shai Wosner and Orion Weiss playing an unforgettable evening of four-hand and piano duo works. They were part of a concert series that included the extraordinary talents of 2018 CIPC Young Artists Medalists Xioaxuan Li and Eva Gevorgyan, Angela Hewitt, and Roberto Plano.

The year isn’t over yet! The CIPC office is ablaze with activity as we prepare for the upcoming Encore! Gala benefit on October 12 and finalize planning for the 2020 Competition, which runs from July 26-August 9.


During summer 2019, CIPC collaborated with Baldwin Wallace University to host our inaugural Competition Preparatory Camp for Young Artists. We welcomed 19 incredibly talented pianists aged 12-18 from the United States, Canada, China, and Taiwan who participated in an intensive week-long camp led by distinguished faculty and guest artists. The camp included private lessons, masterclasses, competition workshops, concerto classes, and seminars, culminating in community performances on July 25 and a student competition performance to showcase their artistry and skills on July 26 at The Music Settlement’s Glick Recital Hall. Thank you to all participants and faculty!


Join us at the InterContinental Hotel Cleveland on Saturday, October 12 for a gala evening of dinner, drinks, raffle items, and musical performances in the beautifully appointed Founders Ballroom of the InterContinental Hotel Cleveland to support the Cleveland International Piano Competition. We welcome past medalists Arianna Körting (2012), Konstantin Soukhovetski (2003), and Jiayan Sun (2013) as they come together to play works for two pianos, one piano eight hands, and even four pianos in a thrilling musical tour de force.

In honor of Linda and James Venner for their incredible support of the CIPC



Have you ever wanted to learn more about classical piano music? Ever wondered what goes into being a competition juror? Be part of our Listening Series: Prelude to Piano!

This three-session series features engaging expert artists who will introduce basic musical structures, present historical and performance contexts, and demonstrate how to listen for different interpretations of piano classics. Sessions will be held at: Gilmour Academy, Praxis, and Bop Stop.

Watch your emails, social media feeds, or CIPC website for updates on the 2020 Competition!


Marissa Glynias Moore

What do you do at CIPC?
I’m the Director of Development at CIPC.

What did you do before you joined the CIPC staff?
My previous life was in academia – I got my Ph.D. from Yale in 2018 and was on faculty there last year. My field was something called “ethnomusicology,” which is the study of “people making music.” Essentially, I’m an anthropologist who focuses on what music means to different communities.

While there were some things I loved about my job – especially teaching such bright students! – there were other things that weren’t a good fit. I wanted to find a way to engage the public around the arts, rather than only working in the “ivory tower.” Plus, my husband Dan and I were eager to move back to my hometown of Cleveland – a fantastic city with top-tier arts, great sports teams, and an ever-expanding food scene, all for an astoundingly low cost of living (trust us – we lived in NYC for the last four years!).

What do you enjoy most about your work?
My work is really about people: what is it about music that means so much to people? How can we better serve individuals and communities to spark those transformative moments of musical experience? I’ve been interested in how people engage with music ever since my early days as a flutist in the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, so I love that I get to meet people every day who are passionate about music’s power in the world.

What are your favorite activities or hobbies outside of the office?
My husband and I love walking anywhere and everywhere, whether it’s in our new neighborhood of Tremont or in the Cleveland Metroparks. If I’m really relaxing, I enjoy reading Scandinavian noir and playing pop music on the piano (NOT at competition level!).

What is your favorite thing about fall?
I grew up loving Patterson’s Fruit Farm, so I am most excited about introducing my husband to Ohio apple picking!

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