Rosemary Hyler Ritter | Founder/Artistic Director
Matthew Patrick Morris | Associate Artistic Director
Whether as a performer or an audience member, experience internationally renowned artists and the rising stars of tomorrow explore the remarkable world of song in innovative programming every June at the Colburn School. All concerts are free and open to the public.
Every day, students learn their craft from an internationally distinguished roster of teachers while auditors witness the next generation of recitalists perfect their craft. (Here SongFest faculty Martin Katz, dubbed "the gold standard of accompanists" by the New York Times, teaches a Young Artist.)
From pianists Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson and Martin Katz to singers Amy Burton, Lucy Shelton, and Sanford Sylvan to composers William Bolcom, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, and John Musto, SongFest offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best teachers and artists working in the field today. (Pictured: SongFest board member and composer Peter Golub as well as SongFest faculty pianist Graham Johnson, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris, and composer William Bolcom.)
All SongFest events take place in the state-of-the-art facilities at the Colburn School in the heart of the arts district in Los Angeles.
In addition to our signature masterclass series, each artist receives weekly private instruction and small group classes in diction, performance practice, programming, Alexander Technique, all dedicated to the specific needs of the 21st century recitalist. (Here SongFest faculty William Bolcom and Joan Morris speak to a Young Artist in between classes.)
"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."
- Maestro James Conlon
SongFest is the United States' premier art song festival and training program held each June at The Colburn School in Los Angeles. SongFest attracts an international roster of leading recital artists and pedagogues as well as students from some of the nation’s top music conservatories. Audiences enjoy a vibrant concert series presented in Colburn's state-of-the-art venues that is entirely free to the public, and auditors can attend daily masterclasses and lectures led by the most exciting artists of today.
Presenting three centuries of song every June in over twenty concerts, SongFest presents established international artists and the rising recitalists of tomorrow in concerts that are free and open to the public. Haven't had enough art song? Learn the secrets of the craft and watch the stars of tomorrow learn from the great minds of today in our series of daily masterclasses open to the public.
The Institute (comprised of the Professional, Young Artist, Studio Artist, and Professional Development for College Teachers programs) provides a rigorous curriculum addressing the concerns of the 21st-century singer and collaborative pianist at every level of their study with classes in acting, movement, diction, repertoire and career guidance workshops, daily master classes taught by an international roster of leading recital artists and pedagogues, collaborations with leading American composers, the presentation of at least one commissioned world premiere every summer, and an exciting concert series presented at Colburn’s state-of-the-art venues.
*All photos courtesy of Jeanine Hill