SongFest awards 2017 Sorel Commission to art-song champion & composer Juliana Hall!

SongFest awards 2017 Sorel Commission to art-song champion & composer Juliana Hall!

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.

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SongFest's Winter Intensive in Carmel Valley a "Glorious Concert Experience"

SongFest's Winter Intensive in Carmel Valley a "Glorious Concert Experience"

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...

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SongFest Records' 1st Album of New American Song @ SongFest is now available for purchase!

SongFest Records' 1st Album of New American Song @ SongFest is now available for purchase!

Celebrating our 20th anniversary, SongFest releases our first CD, featuring SongFest's unique contribution to American art song with fifteen commissions, world premieres, and featured compositions by the best of contemporary American song composers, all performed by SongFest alumni and special guest Edward Arron, cello.

The CD is available for purchase at CDbaby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/newamericansongsongfest

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SongFest was thrilled to have Peter Sellars join us for a remarkable day of discovery!

SongFest was thrilled to have Peter Sellars join us for a remarkable day of discovery!

"During a recent SongFest public master class, the director Peter Sellars was coaching Mishael Eusebio, a poised tenor who told Sellars to call him Mish and brought confident emotion to Aaron Copland’s arrangement of the old American song “The Boatman’s Dance.

Sellars asked that the boatman call be a more droning refrain evoking the placid expanse of the Ohio River, and that Mish “get down” for the song’s high-spirited quickstep chorus. “Do you dance?” Sellars asked. The tenor smiled without otherwise answering.

Repeating the number, Eusebio nonchalantly threw in three or four remarkably polished tap dance steps for the chorus, causing song and singer to come spectacularly to life. Sellars yelled, “Yeeeeesss!” into his mike. Eusebio flashed that same sly smile." Read the full story here:

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Libby Larsen joins the faculty for SongFest 2016!

Libby Larsen joins the faculty for SongFest 2016!

Libby Larsen (b. 24 December 1950, Wilmington, Delaware) is one of America’s most performed living composers.  She has created a catalog of over 500 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and over 15 operas. Grammy award-winning and widely recorded, including over 50 CD’s of her work, she is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles, and orchestras around the world, and has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory.

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Thomas Hampson and Song of America come to SongFest 2016!

Thomas Hampson and Song of America come to SongFest 2016!

SongFest, in collaboration with Hampsong Foundation, the Colburn School, and LA Opera, presents a special Song of America event in Los Angeles, California featuring song settings of poetry by the great American writers Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes. Join SongFest on June 25th for a morning educator workshop, with activities for K-12 teachers on integrating song into their classrooms, followed by an “Honest American” concert at noon featuring Young Artists from SongFest singing songs with texts by Whitman and Hughes. In the afternoon, internationally-renowned baritone, educator, and Hampsong Foundation founder Thomas Hampson will work with young artists at SongFest in a special Song in Dialogue segment, exploring the power of classic American songs as the gateway to a richer knowledge of the cultures, languages, peoples, and events that have shaped American life.

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Roger Vignoles joins SongFest summer 2016 faculty!

Roger Vignoles joins SongFest summer 2016 faculty!

SongFest is thrilled to announce that acclaimed pianist and master teacher Roger Vignoles will be joining the SongFest faculty this summer 2016. Roger Vignoles is internationally recognised as one of the world’s most distinguished piano accompanists and musicians of today. He regularly partners the finest singers in major venues around the world and is regarded as a leading authority on the song repertoire. Originally inspired to pursue a career as a piano accompanist by the playing of Gerald Moore, he read Music at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and later joined the Royal Opera House as a repetiteur. He then completed his training with the renowned Viennese-born teacher Paul Hamburger. (read more)

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6 Tips for a Successful Song Audition from Associate Artistic Director Matthew Morris

6 Tips for a Successful Song Audition from Associate Artistic Director Matthew Morris

There have been a few wonderfully written tips for successful opera auditions that have circulated on the internet recently thanks to many smart and savvy sources such as Kim Witman at Wolf Trap Opera.

It occurred to me on my third year of hearing SongFest auditions across the country, that just as art song is a slightly different animal than opera, auditioning for art song is a slightly different animal than auditioning for opera, and so perhaps these “6 Tips for a Successful Art Song Audition” might be a helpful addendum cousin to the great opera audition resources that are already out there.

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SongFest alumnae win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in Ziering-Conlon Art Song Competition!

SongFest alumnae win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in Ziering-Conlon Art Song Competition!

This past Sunday, December 6th, six finalists chosen from an international pool of over two hundred singers and pianists competed in the first ever Young Artist Art Song Competition of the Ziering-Conlon Initiative at the Colburn School. An independent jury of experts in the field selected the three SongFest alumnae in the finals to win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

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Three SongFest alumnae compete in the finals of the first ever art song competition hosted by the Ziering-Conlon Initiative at the Colburn School!

Three SongFest alumnae compete in the finals of the first ever art song competition hosted by the Ziering-Conlon Initiative at the Colburn School!

Six young singers have been chosen to participate in the final round of the Young Artist Competition for Performance of Art Song. Finalists include Songfest alumnae soprano Kristina Bachrach, mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo, and mezzo-soprano Quinn Middleman, along with bass-baritone Calvin Griffin, soprano Julia Metzler, and bass-baritone Matthew Scollin.

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A rave review for SongFest faculty Edwin Cahill & Matthew Patrick Morris, and alumni Jeremy Hirsch and Mikayla Sager!

A rave review for SongFest faculty Edwin Cahill & Matthew Patrick Morris, and alumni Jeremy Hirsch and Mikayla Sager!

SongFest would like to congratulate director Edwin Cahill and baritone/Masetto Matthew Patrick Morris as well as Leporello understudy/chorus Jeremy Hirsch as well as Zerlina understudy/chorus Mikayla Sager on their recent production of Don Giovanni in New York City. Opera News heralded the production as: "by far the most enjoyable and thought-provoking Don Giovanni New York has heard in many a year: Cahill’s concept proved multi-layered and insightful." And the Huffington Post declared: "one of the best Don Giovannis I have ever seen...

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