SongFest Fellows Simone and Ally Named Hot Canadian Musicians Under 30

SongFest Fellows Simone and Ally Named Hot Canadian Musicians Under 30

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.

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Congratulations SongFest Alum So Young Park

Congratulations SongFest Alum So Young Park

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.

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COMING SOON! Announcing the 2018 SongFest Sorel Composer

COMING SOON! Announcing the 2018 SongFest Sorel Composer

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.

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Congratulations to SongFest Alums

Congratulations to SongFest Alums

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

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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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