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Winter, 20-21

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Creative Conversations

Sunday Sessions - 4pm Eastern

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Creative Motion


Monthly Sessions 

led by certified Creative Motion teachers. view scheduled dates here.

January 24, 2021 - SESSION POSTPONED


February 28, 2021

Dr. Robert C. Smith, presenter


Dr. Mary Hannah Klontz, presenter

Register HERE

for the Sunday Sessions


email with any questions you may have.

2021 Summer Symposium Postponed


Hopefully, safe travel will be possible in one more year's time, we are beginning our plans to have our next in-person gathering in July of 2022, with a return to Berea, Kentucky. Did you know? Berea, KY is where the phrase of Creative Motion study led by Margaret Allen began seventy years ago. More details to come. Reserve July 12-17, 2022 and plan to join us for a few days in Berea sometime in the second week of July 2022!

Preliminary planning for a


has begun. Stay tuned for more details.

With persistent concerns for safety, the CMA Executive Board has decided that the event scheduled for July 2021 will be postponed. 

Sunday Sessions Resume

Our weekly opportunities to connect with Creative Motion work and practitioners began in September 2020. After a brief hiatus from mid-November through the New Year celebrations, Sunday gatherings resumed on January 10, 2021. Learn more about these sessions here.


Mark your calendars! The 4th Sunday of the month in 2021 we'll host CREATIVE MOTION CLINICS led by some of our certified Creative Motion Instructors. Both Creative Conversation and Creative Motion Clinics are scheduled on Sunday afternoons and begin at 4pm Eastern (3pm central, 2pm mountain, 1pm Pacific).

January 24, 2021 - session postponed


​Feb. 28, 2021

Dr. Robert Smith 

“This Pianist’s Creative Motion Dilemma is Solved!”

coming soon!

Dr. Mary Hannah Klontz

"An overview of Creative Motion Principles.”​​​

REGISTER HERE for the ZOOM link to attend. Learn more here.

Frank A. Heller, III 

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Frank - survived by his wife, Donna, and three daughters, Jennifer, Shannon, and April (all CM alumni), and six grandchildren. Read Frank's obituary here.


In Memoriam


As many of you may already be aware, Dr. Eric Kesler, former president of the CMA Executive Board, gifted teacher, talented performer, dear colleague and friend, passed away after complications following open-heart surgery on December 4, 2020.


On March 17, 2020 the Creative Motion community lost a former CMA board member, a gifted teacher, conductor, mentor, colleague and friend with the passing of Frank A. Heller, III. For safety reasons, the events and services that might have otherwise been held, have had to be re-imagined or postponed. Additional plans to honor the lives of both Frank and Eric are planned, but the challenges of gathering together safely have require us to be patient. An informal gathering of remembrance for these two individuals was held via ZOOM on December 13, 2020 for the members of the Creative Motion community.


We've learned that the Buffalo PBS Station will feature Eric in a performance of Act III of "On Stage with Buffalo Opera Unlimited" on Monday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. on WNED PBS will feature Eric Kesler singing "Hear Me, O Lord" from Carlisle Floyd's "Susannah." Friends in the northeast and Buffalo, NY area may be able access this program through the station's website. 

Dr. Eric D. Kesler

Eric - survived by his wife, Korinne, also a CM alumnus, and two sons - Samson (age 6) and Sawyer (age 3). Read more about his life and legacy and his obituary here. Donations can be made to assist Eric's family via Go Fund Me at or or to the Creative Motion Alliance at

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As you likely know, Creative Motion Publications Committee chair, Dr. Mary Ann Fritz works tirelessly for the benefit of Alliance members. As editor of the Journal of Creative Motion, she has been instrumental in bringing forth this annual publication, alongside many others which help share this body of knowledge about wholeness in response in musical endeavors. 

It's always a great time to consider sharing the gift of knowledge about Creative Motion principles! Remember - CM Alliance members also enjoy discounts on the purchase of our publications, and several publications listed below are available free of charge.


Consider brightening someone's world with one of our publications or posters! 

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In addition to more than twenty years of Journals of Creative Motion, Fritz has helped make several other publications available. These include:

A Creative Motion Reader - a collection of research gathered by Dr. Robert Smith  on approaches to music performance that parallel or complement Creative Motion in some way. To obtain a digital file, please contact MaryAnn Fritz at for your free copy.

The Creative Motion Papers of Margaret Allen - a compilation from the collection held by Dr. Robert Smith of the papers of Dr. Margaret Allen, founder of the Windswept Music Workshop. If you would like a digital copy of this collection of writings, please contact MaryAnn Fritz at for your free copy.

A Music Lens on History, 2nd edition - by Martha Russell - edited by Mary Ann Fritz

To receive your free copy of the current version of the Journal of Creative Motion, for more information please contact Dr. Mary Ann Fritz, or the Creative Motion Alliance at

2021 Dues Waiver Extended

In January 2021, the Executive Board decided to extend the waiver of the Creative Motion Alliance membership dues for 2021. You may recall this decision to waive fees began in early 2020 near the start of the pandemic. This decision was made due to a variety of circumstances, not the least of which was the devastating financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


We want to ensure that every current, former and potential member of the Creative Motion Alliance continues to be included in our conversations and plans for the future. So again, this year, all we will need to process your membership in the Creative Motion Alliance is a valid email address and a confirmation of your contact information.



Although we will not be collecting dues, we encourage any who are financially able to send a financial contribution to support the work of the Creative Motion Alliance. Your donations help pay for filing fees, taxes, insurance and maintenance expenses, as well as help CMA to sponsor workshops and publications which help spread the word. As a 501c.3, your donations are tax-deductible too!  You can make a donation here.


Please consider making a contribution to the Creative Motion Alliance. Your donations make a difference and help us reach our goals. Thanks for considering CMA as a part of your annual giving. You can make your tax-deductible donation here.

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