The Cliburn


Volunteer-Header-ImageThe Cliburn’s tradition of volunteerism dates back to its founding in 1962. From the beginning the Fort Worth community embraced Van Cliburn and his passion for classical music and, in his honor, endeavored to establish a world-class international piano competition that would strengthen the artistic determination of other young musicians and assist them in their careers. A group of local piano teachers, businessmen, politicians, and others from the community made up the small army of volunteers marshaled to realize this dream. Succeeding with the First Competition in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition quickly became an event known for inspiring and engaging the local community, while entering the international arena.

For each competition, legions of volunteers endeavor with gusto and determination to provide the atmosphere, hospitality, entertainment, logistics, and facility arrangements making for a seamless production. The Cliburn’s 1,200 volunteers, now extending well beyond the city limits of Fort Worth, totals an in-kind contribution of over $1 million.

The original volunteers set the standard for the Cliburn volunteer–one who is dedicated, generous, and selfless. They provide the vital energy and support that sets the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition apart from all the others.

The Cliburn is forever grateful for the support of each effort, and it is with deep appreciation and unending gratitude that we salute all of our Cliburn volunteers. Volunteers are what make the Cliburn unique. Contact Kay Howell, volunteer coordinator, at for information on volunteering.


Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (2017)

2017 Cliburn Competition Volunteer Job Descriptions

2017 Cliburn Competition Volunteer Profile Form

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Our Mission

It is the mission of the Cliburn to advance classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, education programs, and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of young artists.



The Cliburn is a not-for-profit organization governed by a board of directors, elected for a four year term. It is sustained by the generous support from individuals, foundations, corporations, the tireless efforts of volunteers, and embraced by the community of Fort Worth. The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is a proud member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.


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Fort Worth, TX 76102


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