Founding/Artistic Director | Rosemary Hyler Ritter
Associate Artistic Directors | Matthew Morris & Liza Stepanova



The SongFest administrative team and faculty Kathleen Tagg

The SongFest administrative team and faculty Kathleen Tagg

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.

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Guest artist Janai Brugger performing with SongFest faculty Kathleen Tagg

Guest artist Janai Brugger performing with SongFest faculty Kathleen Tagg

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.

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Jake Heggie teaches a Young Artist in a masterclass

Jake Heggie teaches a Young Artist in a masterclass

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.

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