Congratulations to the prize winners of the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition, which took place at Wigmore Hall on Thursday 7 September.
Congratulations!!! SongFest Marc and Eva Stern Fellows Simone McIntosh, mezzo-soprano (2017) and Ally Smither, soprano (2013, 2015, 2016) for being named 30 Hot Canadian Musicians Under 30, 2017 edition.
At 25, Simone McIntosh has already ticked a big item off her bucket list: singing the role of Judith in Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle, which she did in March with Opera McGill.
Like many musicians, Alexandra Smither describes herself as a nomad these days, splitting her time between Toronto and Houston, Texas, where she recently graduated from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.
Click HERE to read more about Simone and Ally.
SongFest Alum So Young Park a finalist in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia 2017 Competition took place in Astana Opera, Astana, Kazakhstan. Founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo, this competition has brought some of today's most celebrated singers onto the world stage. Click HERE to see her performance.
Check out this great article by The Washington Post - The top 35 female composers in classical music. Featured are SongFest commissioned composers with funding by the Sorel Organization – Gabriela Lena Frank, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, Anne LeBaron, and Shulamit Ran.
In partnership with and funded by the Sorel Organization, SongFest has made a substantial contribution to the art song repertoire through its commissioning program that has produced new works for voice and piano by such distinguished composers as William Bolcom, Tom Cipullo, Anne LeBaron, Gabriela Lena Frank, John Harbison, Jullianna Hall, Jennifer Higdon, Lori Laitman, Libby Larsen, James Primosch and Shulamit Ran.
SongFest has four recent alumni – Kristina Bachrach, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Josh Quinn and You Zhao who made it to the final round of the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition. The competition will take place in London between Saturday 2-Thursday 7 September 2017.
Kristina Bachrach, soprano
SongFest as a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow - 2010-11, 12
Distinguished Alumna in 2016
Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano
SongFest 2009, 2011
Josh Quinn, baritone
SongFest as a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow – 2017
You Zhao, piano
SongFestas a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow – 2015-16
Read more about the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition
Read more about the Competitors
In partnership with the Sorel Organization, SongFest has made a substantial contribution to the art song repertoire through its commissioning program that has produced new works for voice and piano by such distinguished composers as William Bolcom, Tom Cipullo, Anne LeBaron, Gabriela Lena Frank, John Harbison, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, and Shulamit Ran.
SongFest is thrilled to announce that the 2017 Sorel commission has been awarded to art-song champion Juliana Hall. Her work, "WHEN THE SOUTH WIND SINGS" (7 songs for soprano and piano on poems by Carl Sandburg), will be performed at SongFest 2017 by a professional fellow soprano and pianist at the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles, date and time TBA. Click here to learn more about Juliana Hall and her work.
By Louis Lebherz
THE FIRST WEEK of the new year brought to Carmel Valley a new program produced through Hidden Valley Music Seminars entitled SongFest Winter Intensive, and subtitled “Vienna in the Valley.” A vision of founder/director Rosemary Ritter, SongFest is a program for serious young singers housed at the glamorous Colburn School of Music in downtown Los Angeles. The road to a successful classical singing career is so much more than a voice and a personality. It requires years of study and refinement in music theory and history, languages, vocal technique, acting skills and more. READ MORE...
Summer Institute in Los Angeles (June 2 - June 30, 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.
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.
SongFest is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.