Application Information – SongFest 2019 (May 25 - June 24)

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Or fill out a Paper Application and email (information.songfest@gmail.com) or post it to: 
SONGFEST - 6369 Euclid Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236
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AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Studio Artist Singers

Prepare two art songs in two different languages and a third selection, one must be in English (aria is optional for Studio Artist program). Applicants are encouraged to include a song in English as part of their selections. Optional: you may prepare a fourth selection that highlights a special interest: (musical theater, oratorio, new-music, etc.)

Young Artist & Professional Singers

Prepare three art songs in three different languages and an aria. Applicants must include a song in English as part of their selections. Optional: you may prepare a fifth selection that highlights a special interest: (musical theater, oratorio, new-music, aria etc.)

There will be a pianist provided at auditions for no fee (you may bring your own.) Please send repertoire and non-standard songs selections 1 week prior to audition to songfest@earthlink.net

Pianists

Prepare four selections – two art songs in contrasting style and two other works of your choice - arias or additional songs; one of these may be a solo work.  You may bring a singer with you or audition alone.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINES:

  • For Live Auditions: App due 1 week prior to audition date

  • For Recorded Auditions: App due by February 13, 2019 (you may use a recent YouTube recording or upload a video on YapTracker)

IMPORTANT APPLICATION INFORMATION:

  • SongFest uses a YapTracker application. You do not need to be a paid subscriber to YapTracker to use this application form. Need help? Access the YapTracker Tutorial.

  • Early applications are encouraged.

  • Application is required PRIOR to scheduling a live audition or uploading a YouTube audition. ONLY completed YapTracker applications will be processed.

  • All participants will be notified of their acceptance no later than February 25, 2019.

  • After written notification of acceptance, a $500 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT will be due in 2 weeks.

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AUDITION LOCATIONS AND DATES

Accepting Recorded Auditions until February 13, 2019!

City: Boston, MA / Audition Date: Jan 13, 2019
Audition Venue: The New England Conservatory
Application Due: Jan 7, 2019

City: Los Angeles, CA / Audition Date: Jan 17 & 18, 2019
Audition Venue: Colburn School
Application Due: Jan 14, 2019

City: Toronto, CAN / Audition Date: Jan 20, 2019
Audition Venue: The Glen Gould School
Application Due: Jan 14, 2019

City: Memphis, TN / Audition Date: Jan 26, 2019
Audition Venue: University of Memphis, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
Application Due: Jan 23, 2019

City: Cincinnati, OH / Audition Date: Nov 26, 2018
Audition Venue: The University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music
Application Due: Nov 20, 2018

City: Oberlin, OH / Audition Date: Dec 3, 2018
Audition Venue: Oberlin College & Conservatory, David H. Stull Recital Hall
Application Due: Nov 30, 2018

City: Bloomington, IN / Audition Date: Dec 5, 2018
Audition Venue: Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music
Application Due: Nov 30, 2018

City: New York, NY / Audition Date: Dec 7, 8, 9, 2018
Audition Venue: National Opera Center, Room 706
Application Due: Dec 3, 2018

City: New York, NY / Audition Date: Jan 11 & 12, 2019
Audition Venue: National Opera Center, Room 711
Application Due: Jan 7, 2019


QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about your application, please send an email to: songfest@colburnschool.edu

 From Left to Right: Stern Fellows soprano Melanie Henley Heyn & bass-baritone Jesse Malgieri, Sorel Organization Executive Director Judy Cope, Composer Anne LeBaron, and Stern Fellow pianist Gloria Kim after their performance of a world premiere commission by Anne LeBaron, funded by the Sorel Organization: "Radiant Depth Unfolded"

From Left to Right: Stern Fellows soprano Melanie Henley Heyn & bass-baritone Jesse Malgieri, Sorel Organization Executive Director Judy Cope, Composer Anne LeBaron, and Stern Fellow pianist Gloria Kim after their performance of a world premiere commission by Anne LeBaron, funded by the Sorel Organization: "Radiant Depth Unfolded"

 Coach Mark Trawka with Professional and Young Artist singers after the LA Composers Concert.

Coach Mark Trawka with Professional and Young Artist singers after the LA Composers Concert.

 Professional Participant Kelly Newberry with John Musto at the piano.

Professional Participant Kelly Newberry with John Musto at the piano.


I feel very strongly that young singers need more than ever the kind of excellence they find at Songfest. To be a part of [the] program is to receive almost a crash course in the great tradition of singing and expression. And the miracle is that this crash course is offered in a loving, protective and “safe” environment which protects and nourishes the young performer. They can thus start out on their journeys with more courage and conviction and confidence. All the singers whom I have met who have been a part of this program, have received an invaluable gift that will influence not only their careers but their lives.
— Frederica von Stade | mezzo-soprano
The legendary faculty SongFest hires is unparalleled in most other summer programs, which consequently brings in extremely talented participants.
— 2011 Professional Pianist
Absolutely incredible faculty! Every day is packed with amazing learning opportunities! I left SongFest with new insight not only on musicianship and technique but also on myself as a performer - the personal growth I made here was an integral part of what made SongFest so special. This program is truly unique.
— Loghan Bazan | 2014 Young Artist

 2014 Professional singer Tiffany DuMouchelle and pianist Elena Fomicheva perform in Zipper Hall.

2014 Professional singer Tiffany DuMouchelle and pianist Elena Fomicheva perform in Zipper Hall.

 Jake Heggie working with a Young Artist

Jake Heggie working with a Young Artist

SongFest is the United States' premier art song festival and training program held each June at The Colburn School in Los Angeles. SongFest attracts an international roster of leading recital artists and pedagogues as well as students from some of the nations top conservatories. The program provides a rigorous curriculum addressing the concerns of the 21st-century singer and collaborative pianist with classes in acting, movement, diction, repertoire and career guidance workshops, daily master classes taught by an international roster of master artist teachers and pedagogues, collaborations with leading American composers, the presentation of at least one commissioned world premiere every summer, and an exciting concert series presented at Colburn's state-of-the-art venues.

Our four programs (Studio Artist, Young Artist, Professional and Pianio) provide intensive instruction in song tailor-made for every level: from freshmen in college who are learning their first art songs to established recitalists perfecting their repertoire.

Further information:


 Young Artists on the way to a concert

Young Artists on the way to a concert

All students live on campus in the beautiful Colburn Conservatory dormitory. The residences at The Colburn School consist of fully furnished three-bedroom and four-bedroom suites. Each suite contains a living area; kitchenette with a microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator and sink; a shared bathroom; and single bedrooms with extra-long twin beds, wardrobes and desks. Four-bedroom suites have two bathrooms.

The residential building at The Colburn School offers the following amenities to its summer guests:

  • 24-hour fitness room that includes cardio equipment and strength conditioning machines

  • 24-hour access to coin-operated laundry facilities

  • Wi-Fi access

  • A music library

MEALS

All meals are served in the Colburn Café, which offers delicious food in a quick and friendly atmosphere. All participants will receive three meals a day Monday-Saturday and two meals on Sunday (brunch and dinner). The daily menu includes:

 The Colburn Café

The Colburn Café

  • drinks, coffee, and tea

  • an espresso bar

  • freshly made cookies and pastries

  • items from the grille

  • a sandwich station

  • cook-to-order food

  • ready made sandwiches, salads, and snacks

  • a large salad bar

More information on housing & meals


 Young Artist Rebekah Howell in concert.

Young Artist Rebekah Howell in concert.


PAYMENT

A non-refundable $500 housing fee deposit (which will be credited to the balance of fees) is due received two weeks after acceptance into the program.

Housing/meals (or commuter fee) due March 15th (balance due in full)

Tuition due April 8th (balance due in full)

Late fees will apply

A partial refund of $1000 will be given on housing/meals if notified IN WRITING and received by April 1st. After April 1st, no refunds will be given for any reason on any portion of the fees (tuition, housing/meals), including the non refundable $500 deposit.


SCHOLARSHIP

Several  partial merit  and need-based scholarships are available for our Studio Artist, Young Artist, Professional and Pianist programs thanks to the generosity of our donors, faculty, and board members.

More information on scholarship opportunity.