SONGFEST 2020: June 1-29, 2020 – The Colburn School, Los Angeles, CA

We are in the process of updating our application and audition information for SONGFEST 2020. Please check back October 25 for application and program information!



SongFest comprises of three (3) programs for singers at every stage of their development: Studio Artist, Young Artist, Professional Fellow and Pianists,  from freshmen to professional recitalists. A rigorous art song program with over 20 internationally distinguished pianists, singers, composers, and guest artists give daily thematic master classes, and private coachings in their area of expertise: covering the breadth of art song from lieder, to mélodie, to art song. Whatever your interest in song repertoire, encounter new exciting repertoire, new music from our resident composers, and build relationships with fellow art song enthusiasts that will last a life time.

Our SONGFEST mission, under the all-encompassing Californian skies, is to bring together the old and new where the study of masterpieces from the past enhances the vitality and relevance of contemporary music. Many of the singers and pianists have come here because they already sense that art song has brought depth and refinement to their lives, both as musicians and human beings. Younger performers at Colburn find themselves crossing a summer threshold that will lead to lifelong fealty. Teachers and students share a devotion to a genre that is too easily labelled “elitist” or simply “boring”. These golden weeks, shining with youthful energy, purpose and enthusiasm, demonstrate that art song is impossible to belittle or dismiss – old hands inspired by fresh and questing talent pass on a tradition rich in the articulation of many of civilisation’s most precious values. If art can make men see things in a different way, one should never underestimate the power of great poetry from many countries in tandem with great music to touch a hitherto unresponsive heart and make a difference. I would like to believe that a world prepared to listen to more song recitals, and take to heart what they convey, would be less inclined to destroy the past with the reckless abandon that is sadly characteristic of present times.
— Graham Johnson - SongFest 2019

Don't Miss our New CD!

Available on CDbaby, and for streaming on Spotify, iTunes and more! Featuring over 15 alumni performing commissions, world premieres, and songs featured during SongFest's 20 year history, by some of the best of modern day American song composers.




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In a special SONG recital, narrated by Graham Johnson
In words and music MARTHA GUTH, soprano and GRAHAM JOHNSON, piano trace the metamorphoses of four composers from their youthful to their later creations. Songs by Schubert, Fauré, Poulenc, and Britten demonstrate how young composers gradually evolve from their early beginnings to mature mastery.

Friday, June 7, 2019
7:30 p.m., Thayer Hall
Colburn School


SUSAN GRAHAM, mezzo-soprano
in recital

Monday, June 10, 2019
7:30 p.m., Zipper Hall,
Colburn School

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THE BREAKING OF NATIONS: WWI & II and Recovered Voices

A recital commemorating the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I and featuring composers suppressed by the Nazi regime. In collaboration with the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices  

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
7:30 p.m., Thayer Hall
Colburn School

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Photo by Marthe Griebler

Photo by Marthe Griebler


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Sunday, June 16, 2019
3:00 p.m., Thayer Hall
Colburn School

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©Jeanine Hill Photography

©Jeanine Hill Photography

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SongFest is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.