Professional Participant Kelly Newberry with John Musto at the piano.

Professional Participant Kelly Newberry with John Musto at the piano.

Application Information:
SongFest Summer Institute 2017 (June 2 - June 30)

 

 


AUDITION LOCATIONS AND DATES
Accepting Recorded Auditions until February 25th!

Martin Katz teaches Stern Fellow Yoongeong Lee in a master class.

Martin Katz teaches Stern Fellow Yoongeong Lee in a master class.

From Left to Right: Stern Fellows soprano Melanie Henley Heyn & bass-baritone Jesse Malgieri, Sorel Organization Executive Director Judy Cope, Composer Anne LeBaron, and Stern Fellow pianist Gloria Kim after their performance of a world premiere commission by Anne LeBaron, funded by the Sorel Organization: "Radiant Depth Unfolded"

From Left to Right: Stern Fellows soprano Melanie Henley Heyn & bass-baritone Jesse Malgieri, Sorel Organization Executive Director Judy Cope, Composer Anne LeBaron, and Stern Fellow pianist Gloria Kim after their performance of a world premiere commission by Anne LeBaron, funded by the Sorel Organization: "Radiant Depth Unfolded"


AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Martin Katz working with a Professional singer

Martin Katz working with a Professional singer

Studio Artist,  Young Artist, and Professional Fellowship Singers
Please, prepare two art songs in two different languages and an aria. Applicants are encouraged to include a contemporary song in English as part of their selections, preferably by one of the composers on SongFest's faculty. Optional: you may prepare a fourth selection that highlights a special interest (new-music, musical theater, oratorio, etc.).

There will be a pianist provided at auditions for no fee. (you may bring your own)
Please send repertoire selections 1 week prior to audition.

NEW! SongFest Recital Fellowship Singers
Prepare four art songs demonstrating your abilities and interests that could be part of your full recital.
 

Pianists

Both new SongFest Recital Fellowship Pianists & Piano Program

Please prepare four selections – two art songs in contrasting style and two other works of your choice -  arias or additional songs; one of these may be a solo work.


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
The legendary faculty SongFest hires is unparalleled in most other summer programs, which consequently brings in extremely talented participants.
— 2011 Professional Pianist
Absolutely incredible faculty! Every day is packed with amazing learning opportunities! I left SongFest with new insight not only on musicianship and technique but also on myself as a performer - the personal growth I made here was an integral part of what made SongFest so special. This program is truly unique.
— Loghan Bazan | 2014 Young Artist

OPPORTUNITY INFORMATION

2014 Professional singer Tiffany DuMouchelle and pianist Elena Fomicheva perform in Zipper Hall.

2014 Professional singer Tiffany DuMouchelle and pianist Elena Fomicheva perform in Zipper Hall.

MASTERCLASSES (selected)
Masterclass topics taught by our distinguished faculty include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

1) John Harbison: Bach - Arias & Cantatas BWV 161 & 101, Mottetti di Montale (Book I & II)
2) Jake Heggie: Songs of Jake Heggie
3) Graham Johnson: Fauré, Schubert, Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc
4) Martin Katz: Strauss, Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch, Schumann, Spanish song, Russian song, 20th Century French
5) Susanne Mentzer:  Les Nuits D'Été, Songs of Clara Schumann and Alma Mahler
6) Alan Smith: Strauss and Spanish song
7) Sanford Sylvan: Songs to texts by Emily Dickinson, Spiritual Songs, Bach Arias, Schubert Song Cycles, Fauré

CONCERTS (selected)
1) The Sacred Cantatas of J.S. Bach: John Harbison, director - June 11th, THayer Hall
2) Hugo Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch: Martin Katz, director
3, 4, 5) Three "Songmakers' Almanac" inspired concerts for Studio Artists, Young Artists, and Professional Fellows devised by Graham Johnson
6) A concert of music by Jake Heggie, coached by the composer - June 24th,   Zipper Hall
7) It Was in Early Spring: Russian Romantic Song (2017 marks the bicentennial of the great Russian poet Count Alexey Konstantinovich Tolstoy (1817-1875)). This master of lyric verse inspired a "who is who" of Russian Romantic composers to write art songs to his poetry: Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Balakirev, Rachmaninoff, Rubinstein.
8) A Kaleidoscope of Light: Songs from the Nordic and Latin countries


PROGRAM DATES

Studio, Young Artist, Professional Fellowship, and Pianist Programs
Full Session: June 2 - June 30 | ALL FACULTY

Recital Fellowship for Singers & Pianists
Half Session 1: June 2 - June 15 | select faculty include Martin Katz, Sanford Sylvan, John Harbison, Alan Smith
Half Session 2: June 18 - June 30 | select faculty include Jake Heggie, Kayo Iwama, Graham Johnson, William McGraw, Susanne Mentzer

All students arrive by noon on June 2nd, rehearse their repertoire June 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, with the first class taking place in the evening of the 5th. The final concert will be on June 30th, and the departure day is the morning of July 1st.


Jake Heggie working with a Young Artist

Jake Heggie working with a Young Artist

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 nations top conservatories. The program provides a rigorous curriculum addressing the concerns of the 21st-century singer and collaborative pianist with classes in acting, movement, diction, repertoire and career guidance workshops, daily master classes taught by an international roster of master artist teachers 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.

Our five programs (Studio Artist, Young Artist, Professional Fellowship, Pianist, and Recital Fellowship) provide intensive instruction in song tailor-made for every level: from freshmen in college who are learning their first art songs to established recitalists perfecting their repertoire.

Further information:


Young Artists on the way to a concert

Young Artists on the way to a concert

All students live on campus in the beautiful Colburn Conservatory dormitory. The residences at The Colburn School consist of fully furnished three-bedroom and four-bedroom suites. Each suite contains a living area; kitchenette with a microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator and sink; a shared bathroom; and single bedrooms with extra-long twin beds, wardrobes and desks. Four-bedroom suites have two bathrooms.

The residential building at The Colburn School offers the following amenities to its summer guests:

  • 24-hour fitness room that includes cardio equipment and strength conditioning machines
  • 24-hour access to coin-operated laundry facilities
  • Wi-Fi access
  • A music library

MEALS

All meals are served in the Colburn Café, which offers delicious food in a quick and friendly atmosphere. All participants will receive three meals a day Monday-Saturday and two meals on Sunday (brunch and dinner). The daily menu includes:

The Colburn Café

The Colburn Café

  • drinks, coffee, and tea
  • an espresso bar
  • freshly made cookies and pastries
  • items from the grille
  • a sandwich station
  • cook-to-order food
  • ready made sandwiches, salads, and snacks
  • a large salad bar

More information on housing & meals


COSTS

TUITION                                                                                                                 $2,200

HOUSING & MEALS                                                                                              $2,200

COMMUTER FEES
- meals are not included for commuters

  • Parking fee                                                                                                   $175
  • Facility fee for all programs is $18/day x 28 days:                                    $504

 

More information on housing & meals

Limited Scholarship is available for those in need of assistance.

Young Artist Rebekah Howell in concert.

Young Artist Rebekah Howell in concert.


PAYMENT

A non-refundable $500 housing or commuter fee deposit (which will be credited to the balance of fees) is due received two weeks after acceptance into the program.

Housing/meals (or commuter fee) due March 15th (balance due in full)

Tuition due April 8th (balance due in full)

Late fees will apply

A partial refund of $1000 will be given on housing/meals if notified IN WRITING and received by April 1st. After April 1st, no refunds will be given for any reason on any portion of the fees (tuition, housing/meals), including the non refundable $500 deposit.


SCHOLARSHIP

The SongFest Recital Fellowship program provides free tuition, housing, and meals.

The SongFest Professional Fellowship program provides free tuition. (Housing & meals not included) Limited extra need-based aid is available for housing/meals.

Several merit scholarships are available for our Studio Artist, Young Artist, and Pianist programs thanks to the generosity of our donors, faculty, and board members. Limited additional need-based aid is available to those who demonstrate financial need.

More information on scholarship opportunity.


CONTACT INFORMATION

SongFest 2017
6369 Euclid Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

email:
Artistic Director/Founder | Rosemary Ritter

phone:
310.384.3706

Coach Mark Trawka with Professional and Young Artist singers after the LA Composers Concert.

Coach Mark Trawka with Professional and Young Artist singers after the LA Composers Concert.