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. 

"Touch Me" by SongFest faculty Tom Cipullo
Marc and Eva Stern Fellows soprano Rachel Schutz and pianist Dimitri Dover.


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.


Over 60 master classes, 20 concerts, 100 singers and pianists per year with innovative programming and the brightest stars of tomorrow's recital stages.



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, 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.