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Welcome to SongFest

From the Odyssey to the Agnus Dei, Rachmaninov to Radiohead, the electric union between words and the human voice in song has inspired generations of artists and audiences alike. SongFest comprises two of the premier training programs and festivals dedicated to this art at the heart of the human experience. Why choose SongFest? Let us count the "why"'s.

Two Programs: One Vision for Breaking the Song Barrier

SongFest is America's home for art song. Now comprising two training programs and festivals so that you can join us for the magic of song all year long: our summer institute June 2 - July 1, 2017 at The Colburn School in Los Angeles and a new week-long winter intensive Jan 1 - 9, 2017 at Hidden Valley in Carmel Valley.

Winter Intensive in Hidden Valley (Jan 2 - 9, 2017)

A small number of selected singers and collaborative pianists with a particular interest in art song will be chosen for an exclusive, tuition-free, week-long intensive performing master class workshop in song and opera in beautiful Carmel Valley, California.  Don't miss this music retreat!

Fellows will work in-depth with two of the most distinguished singer & pianist duos in their field, baritone Sir Thomas Allen & pianist Graham Johnson and mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer & pianist Craig Rutenberg as well as former Music Director of Glimmerglass Opera Stewart Robertson. Schubert's two great song cycles Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise will be featured. All Fellows will work in daily master classes, receive daily private coachings, and be featured in two public concerts.

Don't Miss our New CD!

Available on CDbaby, and for streaming on Spotify, iTunes and more! Featuring over 15 alumni performing commissions, world premieres, and songs featured during SongFest's 20 year history, by some of the best of modern day American song composers.

Summer Institute in Los Angeles (June 2 - July 1, 2017)

The Summer Institute is America’s one-stop-shop for art song, comprising five programs tailor-made for art song students at every stage of their development (Studio Artist, Young Artist, Professional Fellows, Recital Fellows, and Pianist Programs), from freshmen in college to professional recitalists. A month-long rigorous art song bootcamp, over 20 internationally distinguished pianists, singers, composers, and lecturers give daily thematic master classes, lectures, and private coachings in their area of expertise: covering the breadth of art song from lieder, to mélodie, to art song, 1800 - modern day. Whatever your interest in song repertoire, work with the experts in the field on bringing your favorite songs to dynamic and informed life, learn to consider songs you thought you knew from a different and enlivening perspective, encounter new exciting repertoire, either forgotten gems or music hot-off-the-press from our resident composers, and build relationships with fellow art song enthusiasts that will last a life-time.