Tuesday, November 1, 2011

*UPDATE* SONGFEST...auditions coming to Toronto in 2012

“Breaking the Song Barrier”
June 5-28 - Pepperdine University

LIVE AUDITIONS: Cincinnati, Hong Kong, NYC, LA, Boston, Toronto (TBA)
UPDATE (11/8/11): Toronto auditions are January 22 at the Royal Conservatory of Music.  Click here for more information!
Founded in 1996 by Rosemary Hyler Ritter, SongFest is a unique program that focuses on the art of song.  Participants from all over the world, ranging in age from high school students to working professionals, gather each summer at Pepperdine University for an intense program to learn from experts in the field of classical art song.  SongFest boasts the best collection of faculty in the world, including pianists Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, and Roger Vignoles.  SongFest also champions American music and every summer invites composers-in-residence to work directly with SongFest participants in master classes and private coachings.  Over the past 17 years, SongFest has engaged American composers Jake Heggie, John Harbison, John Musto, Libby Larsen, Ben Moore, Tom Cipullo, Lori Laitman, Ricky Ian Gordon, among many others.  SongFest alumni currently sing at all the major opera houses in the United States and abroad and hold faculty positions at leading American universities.


for Singers and Collaborative Pianists 
“Breaking the Song Barrier”
Performing workshops for career-oriented singers and collaborative pianists.  Master classes, public recitals, and limited private coachings. No age limit. 

for Singers
The SongFest Young Artist program is designed to provide intensive study and training for talented young singers (normally completing a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree) in a healthy, professional, and positive environment. Instruction includes performing master classes as well as song literature classes, movement, repertoire classes, diction, and coachings.  These young singers will have the opportunity to join the Professional Fellows for performance in various master classes and public performances in addition to their own classes. 

for Singers
Melanie Emelio, program director
Jennifer Tung, assistant director

The SongFest Intern Program is designed for highly talented young singers between the ages of 15-18. This program provides intensive study for young singers in a healthy, professional, and unique learning environment, learning from leading musicians and colleagues in the program. Singers are challenged to improve their technical and expressive musical skills, and to explore the great classical songs and arias. Students will have private lessons, as well as daily coachings, classes in diction, repertoire, and technique. To add to the learning experience, each singer will have a private session in the Kwong Vocal Arts Lab at Pepperdine University. These aspiring singers will have their own master classes and be selected to perform on select concerts. By interacting with the more experienced singers, they will be exposed to many different faculty and layers of learning. 

A new program designed for professional teachers or coaches. 

For more information about the Mentor Program, please contact Rosemary Hyler Ritter at 310.384.3706 orartisticdirector@songfest.us

After acceptance notification and payment of the tuition deposit, the repertoire selection process will begin. Each singer and pianist will work closely with Artistic Director Rosemary Ritter to choose repertoire to be prepared for the program. All music must be fully prepared and memorized before arriving at SongFest. In addition to the specific repertoire choices of the singers, faculty will assign selected songs.

Click HERE for a PDF version of the SongFest 2011 Program Book.

Participants will be notified of acceptance by March 5, 2012 or earlier. Accepted applicants must pay a non-refundable $500 tuition deposit within two weeks of acceptance. 

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