Professional Fellowship Program for Singers

2016 Professional Fellows pianist Erika Tazawa and soprano Kristina Bachrach

2016 Professional Fellows pianist Erika Tazawa and soprano Kristina Bachrach

The only art song "YAP"
in the USA

The Professional program has been SongFest’s signature program for the past twenty years. This year, for the first time ever, the program is also tuition-free. (Housing & meals are not included.)

Nowhere will you be exposed to more song repertoire, extraordinary teachers, and colleagues who share your passion at a higher level in a shorter amount of time than at SongFest: a one-month art song intensive that will expose you to new ideas of programming, repertoire, approaches to style, vocal production and more through over 40 masterclasses with over 15 internationally esteemed faculty members.


There is nothing in America today that even comes close to this program. The composers, pianist/collaborators and singers who are engaged at SongFest are truly unmatched in any similar program anywhere.
— William Sharp, baritone

2016 Professional Fellows pianist Jeong-Eun Lee and baritone Andrew McLaughlin with Thomas Hampson in a master class.

2016 Professional Fellows pianist Jeong-Eun Lee and baritone Andrew McLaughlin with Thomas Hampson in a master class.

Who should apply

Successful applicants (generally entering their final years of graduate study, working on advanced degrees, or working professionally) demonstrate the technical and artistic ability to perform at the highest level in public masterclasses and concerts in a variety of languages and repertoire with our roster of internationally distinguished faculty.


SongFest was one of the most challenging yet rewarding months of my life. It was an honor and pleasure to be among such inspired and talented artists. I feel full of joy and knowledge, and am thankful to so many people for making this experience a positive one. I would not be the artist I am today without SongFest.
— 2015 Professional Fellow Kelly Newberry

Singers
will receive

1) One signature public morning master class per week

2) Four private small group master classes per week with our distinguished faculty where each singer sings twice per week

3) Two performances on our concert series

4) One hour-long small group Alexander Technique class per week

5) One half-hour private Alexander Technique session per week

6) At least one coaching per week on concert and master class repertoire with our distinguished faculty

7) A seminar on “How to Produce” your own recitals led by Resonant Bodies Festival Founder and Director, Lucy Dhegrae Including: programming, press, budgeting, finding the right venue, publicizing, fundraising, website and mailing list building, podcasts and video, etc.

8) Attendance at all concerts and public master classes

SongFest artists after a concert with Martin Katz.

SongFest artists after a concert with Martin Katz.

2015 Professional Fellows pianist Pauline Worusski and soprano Callie Wohletz in a private coaching with Martin Katz.


The entire international community of vocal music is very aware of its presence and its capacity to inspire excellence in all facets of a singer’s art.
— Martin Katz
If there was an equation that needed to be solved in order to maximize one’s ability to communicate with an audience through song, SongFest has the answers to that equation. Life long colleagues, relationships, and memories with such a great team of artists, staff, and a community of supporters makes SongFest one of a kind in my book!!! Any and every aspiring artist will find something new on their own personal journey, and leave with a toolkit that is more than geared for the difficult path of the multifaceted musician today!
— 2016 Professional Fellow Jorell Williams
2016 Eisler's Hollywood Songbook directed by Edwin Cahill

2016 Eisler's Hollywood Songbook directed by Edwin Cahill


Our 20th Anniversary American Songbook Concert.

Our 20th Anniversary American Songbook Concert.