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The Briefly column will appear every weekday and on Saturdays at It is intended to provide space for announcements from Institution-related organizations. If a meeting or activity is featured that day in a story, it should not be repeated in the Briefly column. Submit information to Cloey Olkowski, editorial office manager, at Please provide the name of the organization, time and place of virtual event, and one contact person’s name with phone number. Deadline is 5 p.m. EDT three days before publication.

Weekly Conversation with Michael Hill and Candy Maxwell

Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill and Board of Trustees Chair Candy Maxwell will hold the fourth of nine weekly community webinars at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 23, on the Virtual Porch. Log in to CHQ Assembly to register for the webinar. Thursday’s session will be “Strategic Plan Deep Dive No. 1: Cross-Cutting Imperatives. Maxwell and Hill will respond to questions submitted during this Virtual Porch event.

Authors’ Hour

Chautauqua authors will read from their work 12:15 p.m. EDT every Thursday on Zoom during Weeks One through Nine. Find more information at Direct any questions to Week Four’s authors are Carol Jennings (poetry), author of The Dead Spirits at the Piano, and Fred Zirm (poetry), author of Object Lessons, Stages of Development.

School of Music Piano Master Class

The next School of Music piano master class will take place at 2:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 23, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch. The master class will be led by Alexander Gavrylyuk, the Heintzelman Family Artistic Advisor of the School of Music Piano Program and Artist-in-Residence.

School of Music Violin Master Class

The next School of Music violin master class will take place at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 23, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch. The master class will be led by Almita Vamos, violin professor at the Music Institute of Chicago and six-time winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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The author Cloey Olkowski

Birkenstock enthusiast and lover of all things yellow, Cloey Olkowski is the office manager at the Daily. This will be Cloey’s fourth season at the Daily and 20th season at Chautauqua. A native of Buffalo, New York, she is a recent graduate of SUNY Oswego, where she majored in public relations with double minors in graphic design and psychology. Three seasons ago she placed second in the Old First Night Run/Walk and hopes to take home the virtual gold this season.