All Festival Friday events are open to the public. Enrolled festival participants can attend the events for free and can find links to join the events in the OpenLearning platform.

The general public can attend by registering below and paying a small fee.

  • The Creativity of Clementi with Dr. Arthur Houle
    Fri., Feb. 04
    Dr. Arthur Houle will demonstrate Clementi's original and "Considerably Improved" revised versions of his Six Sonatinas, Op. 36 and explore tantalizing creative possibilities for improvisation and embellishing -- all in the context of historically-informed interpretations.
  • Anyone Can Improvise with Polychords, with Matthew Cooper
    Fri., Mar. 04
    Join Dr. Matthew Cooper for this live workshop on how to improvise with polychords! Learn how to link together three related polychords (triads over a different bass note) to create simple but fun and fresh-sounding free improv. Perfect way for intermediate pianists to build improvisation skills.
  • Live Composing: Piano Miniatures
    Fri., Apr. 01
    Join three musical artists as they compose piano miniatures live based on themes and ideas from the audience. Challenge yourself to compose along with them!


Composing Music

The Festival for Creative Pianists supports the work of 21st Century composers and musical artists. We publish creative piano works through our publishing imprint, Abundant Silence

Composer Members of the organization are offered special opportunities to serve as composer educators and teaching artists. We also sponsor commissions for Composer Members. These composers retain all copyright of the work and we price our products to value the work of living artists.

Are you interested in becoming a Composer Member? Complete our Contact form to request application details.



We are also building a network of piano educators who are dedicated to teaching creative skills and creative thinking at the piano. This community of educators has access to a special membership only online platform that includes articles, tips, inspiration, and courses. Piano Educator Members also receive special discount opportunities for our virtual festival. Join the community today!

Benefits of membership include:

  • Be the first to hear about special offers and announcements.

  • Access to inspirational articles, tips, and resources for creativity.

  • Engage with like-minded piano educators interested in developing creative mindsets.

  • Ability to enroll in special courses for piano educators (additional fees apply).

  • Preview copies of new Abundant Silence sheet music releases.

  • Receive special discounts for you and your students to participate in the virtual festival.

Piano Practice

All these benefits for only $9/month or $95/year. Try for free for one week!



Community Engagement Volunteers are an integral part of the festival experience.


As a Community Engagement Volunteer, you will help provide comments in specific sections in the virtual festival platform and encourage other participants to engage, comment, and share their creative work. Community Engagement Volunteers provide inspirational and helpful insights to drive positive mindsets and continued creative exploration.

Responsibilities for Community Engagement Volunteers include:

  • Commit to a minimum of 2 hours per month to providing carefully crafted inspirational and helpful comments to the latest posts in one section of the online festival platform.

  • Stay engaged in the festival throughout the year by sharing your own creative work, works in progress, and ideas.

  • Exhibit a positive growth mindset within your comments and throughout your work in the festival.

  • Encourage creative habits of mind in participants through your comments (training provided).

  • Attend at least 1 virtual volunteer training session in January, February, or March.

  • Willingly accept feedback from festival directors on your commenting and adjust your style based on the feedback.

  • Contact festival directors if issues arise or violations of online community agreements are violated within the comments.

  • Complete an end of festival survey about your volunteer service.

Festival directors will review your volunteer application form and will contact applicants with questions if needed. Final acceptance as a Community Engagement Volunteer will be dependent on a background check and reference screening. Festival directors will ask for additional information to complete the background check or will send a link to a screening service.

If accepted as a Community Engagement Volunteer, you will receive a 50% discount on the festival enrollment fee!

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Festival for Creative Pianists
Volunteer Application Form

Please fill out the following form to volunteer for the Festival for Creative Pianists

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