Founder & Executive/Artistic Director


Margo Garrett
Thomas Hampson
John Harbison
Graham Johnson
Jake Heggie
Martin Katz
John Musto

Judith Kellock, Emeritus
Craig Smith, Emeritus



President | Rosemary Hyler Ritter
Treasurer | John Steele Ritter
Vice President | John D. Forbess, Esq.


Melanie Emelio
Elayne K. Garber, M.D.
Peter Golub
Janet A. Loranger
Geoffrey H. Moyer, M.D.
Henry Price
Rodney Punt
Alice M. Starr
Sky Stipanowich

©Jeanine Hill Photography

©Jeanine Hill Photography



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


The Sorel Organization
Thanks to the generosity of the Sorel organization, SongFest has produced its first CD of commissions (more information coming soon), many of these commissions were made possible through funding by the Sorel Organization. The Sorel organization also provides the Elizabeth and Michel Sorel Fellowship – awarded each year to an outstanding female singer or pianist attending SongFest.

Through the Hampsong/SongFest collaboration, past materials from SongFest performances, including programs, program notes, video and audio recordings of world premiere works by some of the most acclaimed American composers today, are made available through the Song of America database as well as on the website of the Hampsong Foundation.

The Aaron Copland Fund
In keeping with his lifelong devotion to contemporary music, Aaron Copland created the Fund and bequeathed to it a large part of his estate. The Fund was officially announced to the public in 1992. The Fund’s purpose is to encourage and improve public knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American music.

The fund operates three grant programs and also grants permission for the use of Copland’s music.

The Colburn Foundation
The Colburn Foundation was established as an independent foundation in 1999 and endowed by Richard D. Colburn who was a businessman and philanthropist. Mr. Colburn passed away in 2004, but the foundation continues to be governed by a board of directors. Our mission is to promote a healthy and vibrant classical music community, primarily in Southern California, and to make grants to artistically excellent organizations for the performance and presentation of classical music, as well as for music education and the training of musicians.

The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, it strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. It carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty Programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect.