What is SongFest?
SongFest: the United States' premier art song festival and training programs. The summer festival is held each May/June at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. SongFest attracts an internationally distinguished roster of artist teachers as well as students from some of the nation’s top music conservatories. Audiences enjoy a vibrant concert series presented in Colburn's state-of-the-art venues and auditors can attend daily masterclasses and lectures led by the most exciting artists of today.
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, Gabriela Lena Frank, John Harbison, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen. Shulamit Ran.
A limited number of partial need and merit based scholarship opportunities are available. SongFest Alumni feature prominently on the rosters of many opera companies, Young Artist programs, and University faculties.
SongFest Mission Statement:
SongFest strives to ensure the future of art song by providing young singers and pianists with training and performance opportunities with the most distinguished artists in their field by fostering a supportive, challenging, and rewarding musical environment. SongFest also aims to increase the understanding and appreciation of song among community audiences by presenting classes and concerts in interesting formats.