Dear 2020 Piano Workshop participants, faculty and staff,
It is with deep regret that I write to inform you that the 2020 Kinhaven Piano Workshop has been cancelled. There have been challenges throughout the Workshop’s 28-year history that have tested the endurance and resolve of the program, but none so profound as Covid-19, and none that would cause me to abort a program that means so much to so many.
As circumstances have evolved so rapidly, and as they are sure to fluctuate in the coming weeks and months, the decision to cancel the workshop had become a matter of confirming that an invulnerable environment would be guaranteed. After considering all the variables and deliberating the potential for our collective safety, I decided that the risks outweighed the secure knowledge that we could travel to and convene at Kinhaven worry-free.
Most of you will have already received a letter from Tony Mazzocchi, Kinhaven’s Executive Director, in which he outlined the possibilities for the Summer Sessions. Many of the other Young Artist and Adult Workshops have been cancelled, however Kinhaven remains hopeful that the Senior and Junior Sessions will go ahead as scheduled. If you were to be new to Kinhaven this summer and didn’t receive Tony’s letter, I’ll be happy to forward it to you.
We’re all hopeful that the Senior and Junior sessions will take place, since without them, Kinhaven will suffer a heavy financial setback. The cancellations of the Adult Sessions have already resulted in a considerable loss for the School. All participants will receive a full refund (including deposit), however if you are moved to bequeath a portion of your tuition to Kinhaven so as to help offset the losses, your contributions would be deeply appreciated.
Following this disappointment, I can only imagine the energy and enthusiasm that the 2021 Piano Workshop will generate. We will make up for this with an extraordinary session next year!
Wishing you all the very best, and with the hope that you and your loved ones are all remaining safe and healthy.