Below the flyer is a draft news release, "Fort Worth will be the musical capital of the world...," showing the competition event schedule. View the complete flyer in the TCU/Special Collections digital repository.
|Part of the organizing effort was determining how the new Cliburn organization would present itself to the public. 1961 correspondence shows an array of letterheads representing the organizations involved in launching the competition.|
During the first few Cliburn Competitions, preliminary performances were not necessarily complete renditions of musical works. Presumably in the interests of time, the jury sometimes interrupted pianists to request a different work. Later competitions featured only complete performances of musical compositions.
|Unlike many piano competitions at the time, all phases of the first Van Cliburn Competition were open to the audience. Also incorporated from the beginning was the practice of inviting distinguished official observers.|
A 1961 letter from Grace Ward Lankford to the Honorable Jim Wright revealed that Vice President Lyndon Johnson was invited to be Honorary Chairman of the first Cliburn competition; it also asked the names of Washington legations in order to issue invitations.
Hospitality was a notable part of the Cliburn Competition from the beginning. Forms were circulated among contestants to ascertain their interest in various events. A list of contestants by country was tied to host assignments, reflected in a press article. Social activities were described in a "Contestants" companion article.
More detailed contestant information was presented in an insert for the competition program.