FINAL DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION THROUGH RECORDING IS MONDAY FEBRUARY 29TH!
Join us at SongFest 2016 May 28-June 26 in downtown Los Angeles at the state-of-the-art Colburn School. Over 100 singers from college freshmen to college teachers join over 20 internationally renowned teachers, performers, and pedagogues, from pianists Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, and Roger Vignoles, to singers Anthony Dean Griffey, Susanne Mentzer, Sanford Sylvan, and Lucy Shelton, to composers William Bolcom, Jake Heggie, and John Musto for a month jam-packed with discovery in song through master classes, performances, and one-on-one lessons and coachings. Scholarship & several full fellowships (free tuition, room and board) available. www.songfest.us. Apply today!
Check out our LA Times rave review for last year's celebration of contemporary LA composers and imagine yourself in the same concert this year!:
“I think SongFest is terribly important in that the art song is an endangered species…not the songs themselves, not ongoing composition, but in terms of the audience who is attracted to it and will come to song recitals. I find this a tragedy....SongFest is exactly the type of endeavor that needs to take hold in many places. I congratulate SongFest and am thankful for SongFest, and hope that many other people will be inspired by it and take that ball, run with it, and help it all to take root.”
— James Conlon | conductor
“I feel very strongly that young singers need more than ever the kind of excellence they find at Songfest. To be a part of [the] program is to receive almost a crash course in the great tradition of singing and expression. And the miracle is that this crash course is offered in a loving, protective and “safe” environment which protects and nourishes the young performer. They can thus start out on their journeys with more courage and conviction and confidence. All the singers whom I have met who have been a part of this program have received an invaluable gift that will influence not only their careers but their lives.”
— Frederica von Stade | mezzo - soprano
“I learned more in four weeks at SongFest than I had the entire previous year.”
— 2011 Young Artist
“SongFest was worth every penny. To observe, interact with, learn from, and try things out in front of such dedicated and storied faculty who are champions of writing, singing, coaching and playing art song was an unforgettable time. My teaching and playing will be better because of it and I left with inspiration as well as practical tools, not to mention new musical colleagues and friends... Keep going. I will recommend this program to others!”
— Casey Robards | 2015 Professional Development Program Participant, lecturer in collaborative piano, Central Michigan University