Don't miss SongFest faculty Liza Stepanova at the National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NYC. Performing music from her fantastic new album, "Tones & Colors."Read More
Pianist Kevin Murphy is a leading figure in the world of classical vocal music.
"Kevin Murphy is in the vanguard for Americans who have turned song accompaniment into an art. The pianism was so absorbing, the singer's entry seemed like an intrusion. There can be no finer compliment." -San Francisco Examiner
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For me, one of the delights of the mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton’s recital at Zankel Hall on Monday was the discovery of three songs from Libby Larsen’s cycle “Love After 1950.” Ms. Barton’s fine pianist was Kathleen Kelly, and piano was crucial in “Big Sister Says (Beauty Hurts),” where Ms. Larsen has concocted a heady blend of boogie-woogie and Prokofiev (the finale of his Seventh Piano Sonata). HERE, in a performance from the Colburn School in Los Angeles, the mezzo-soprano is the melodiously named Loralee Songer, and the boffo pianist is Taisiya Pushkar. JAMES R. OESTREICHRead More
We are thrilled to announce that OPERA AMERICA has invited SongFest to present an Emerging Artist Recital highlighting SongFest alumni in concert. The program will include songs and arias featuring recent SongFest Stern Fellows. This is a wonderful chance to re-connect with friends and build a SongFest community AND do some Christmas shopping!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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...Read More
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.Read More