October 18-20, 2018
University of North Texas


Collaborative pianists and vocal coaches partner with all types of musicians and artists. Because of the vast artistic reach of our discipline, we collaborative pianists have an opportunity to change the world, one phrase at a time, by fostering connection and belonging through self-awareness, preparation and generosity in our partnerships. Through providing an opportunity for collaborative pianists to gather together for an enriching and stimulating symposium, CollabFest, now in its third year, is committed to nurturing a collaborative culture in our world by fostering the collaborative ideals of partnership, participation and presence.

CollabWeek 2018 begins with a residency given by the incomparable and inspirational Margo Garrett. In addition to sessions with UNT students during CollabWeek, Margo will serve as keynote speaker and master clinician for CollabFest.

Also in residency during CollabWeek is acclaimed American composer Juliana Hall. Juliana’s residency will include a recital (open to the public) surveying her works for voice and piano. The recital will feature the world-premiere of Cameos, a song cycle on texts of Molly Fillmore. For more information on both residencies, please visit http://collaborativepiano.music.unt.edu/collabfest/schedule/2018

CollabWeek culminates in CollabFest, October 18-20. Along with Margo Garrett and Juliana Hall, guest faculty include Alexandra Nguyen, Lisa Sylvester, and Valerie Trujillo who, with other guest faculty and UNT faculty members, will offer sessions and masterclasses on performance practice, technique, repertoire, entrepreneurship, and more. There will even be a “piano bar” tutorial!

CollabFest is for students of piano and collaborative piano, for professional pianists, and for musicians interested in the collaborative arts. Student pianists may register for one day or the whole conference: Thursday and Friday will feature sessions geared towards advanced collegiate and professional pianists, and Saturday’s sessions will be useful for pianists from pre-collegiate through professional levels. Pre-collegiate, collegiate and professional pianists may apply to perform for masterclasses and the showcase recital here.

At the heart of the matter, the collaborative arts are about teamwork, community building, generous sharing of self, and the sheer joy of making music intimately with another human being. CollabFest celebrates this. Come join us for this exciting 3rd annual event this October!


Collaboratively yours,


Elvia Puccinelli,

Artistic Director