Enjoy Cliburn Kids program at the Benbrook Public Library 1065 Mercedes St, Benbrook, TX 76126

Get your tickets for the Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: cliburn.org/2022-tickets


For our youngest Cliburn friends! Cliburn Kids is a collection of wonderfully entertaining programs designed to introduce children to the fun of classical music. How does music paint pictures, tell stories, express feelings? Cliburn Kids artists use individual pieces to explore topics that delve into the way music is organized and structured, counting and rhythm, expressive elements, and sometimes just lighthearted enjoyment!


Soprano Corrie Donovan loves working with children through music and is excited to begin her eighth year with the Cliburn’s education programs. She was also the host for the first Cliburn Junior Competition in 2015 and teaches private voice through Northwest ISD.

Outside the classroom, Corrie enjoys a busy performance career, both in Texas and abroad; highlights include vocal workshops with Cirque du Soleil and a performance invitation from the former president of Mexico. Also an active musical arranger, she enjoys reimagining classical favorites and creating intimate concert experiences, taking her audiences on a journey to make meaningful connections with music.


Pianist Nathan Ryland, a native of Richardson, Texas, has been a winner in competitions coast to coast, from the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition to the Brevard Music Center Piano Competition in North Carolina. He has also received recognition in the Dallas International and Texas State International Piano Competitions, in addition to his selection as a national finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Performance Contest. Mr. Ryland has also performed numerous orchestral engagements, including with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, UNT Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Texas Symphony, and Round Rock Symphony.

Mr. Ryland is currently pursuing graduate studies at the University of North Texas with Dr. Pamela Mia Paul. He has also studied under Norman Krieger at the IU Jacobs School of music. In addition to classical piano, he also enjoys playing jazz, audio engineering, and composing.