The Foundation will consider applications for support from Canadian citizens and landed immigrants accepted into the art song programs listed below. Programs that are of a similar length and calibre, and are specifically art song-based in focus will also be considered. The list has been annotated for your convenience. Click on the name of the program to open a brief description and find a link to each program’s web site.
Seminar in interpretation of the French melody, offered to French and foreign musicians, professional or in the process of professionalization, a unique internship, offering interpretation courses, concerts and recitals.
Under the leadership of François Le Roux, who teaches interpretation and vocal work, the faculty includes Michèle Ledroit for vocal technique, Christian Ivaldi and Jeff Cohen as accompanists, Laurence Schifrine for individual body work using Alexander Technique, Anne-Marie Lardeau for spoken language, and Claudine Bensaïd for poetic diction.
The Académie was founded in 1981 in the village of Villecroze, Provence, France. Each year, eight to ten week-long masterclasses are offered in all musical disciplines, including art song. The featured instructors of these masterclasses are all world-famous teachers. There is no formal audition process for these programs. Instead, participants are typically invited to attend a masterclass session by the teachers. The lodging and meals in this picturesque location are of the highest quality and completely free of charge for the invited musicians. Transportation costs are the only expenses incurred by participants. This program is intended for serious musicians at the pre-professional level.
This program, for a small cohort of eight singers and four pianists is devoted to the study and performance of Art Song. During this two-week session, participants study with all faculty members, voice and piano, thus receiving advice from a variety of musical traditions and perspectives. The session also offers detailed study of text, diction, and action coaching. Our goal is to provide the selected Fellows the luxury of total immersion in Art Song in a community of artists from around the world.
Under the guidance of soprano Nathalie Paulin, pianist Julien LeBlanc, and literature professor Dr. Robert Lapp, young talented Canadian singers and collaborative pianists will gather in Barachois, New Brunswick, to study, prepare, and present a program of Canadian art songs in French and English. During the week-long program, they will study the music and text of songs by such composers as Lionel Daunais, John Greer, Jacques Hétu, and Harry Somers. The program concludes with the presentation of three concerts at different venues in the area.
The center piece of the Barcelona Festival of Song is a Summer Program for classical singers dedicated to the study of the history and interpretation of the Iberian and Latin American vocal Repertoire. Students receive many hours of master class in which they learn interpretation aspects, like diction and style. The goal is to be prepared for the 2 final public concerts in which all participants have the opportunity to perform. The concerts take place at beautiful venues at the heart of Barcelona.
Bridging the gap between conservatoires and professional life, the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme offers unique development and performance opportunities in the inspiring setting of the east coast of England. By forming an integral part of the international Aldeburgh Festival and a year-round programme of concerts and events, the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme has launched many international artists’ careers.
Masterclasses and intense coaching for singers, pianists and harpsichordists, ensembles, instrumentalists, and composers are held from March until October, each culminating in public performances.
Although they do not have an official age limit, the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme focuses on providing development opportunities to top young artists on the cusp of a professional career, as well as exceptional young artists who may still completing their undergraduate studies. They select artists based on both technical and musical quality, as well as character, and therefore welcome applications from young artists who strive for excellence, relish development opportunities, and foster a sense of team spirit.
Founded by iconic mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, one of America’s great artists, this annual celebration of art song nurtures gifted young singers. Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and baritone Sir Thomas Allen join Ms. Horne in an intensive weeklong series of coaching sessions and master classes for rising vocal talents. Invited participants will receive a private coaching with either Ken Noda or Warren Jones, and will also have the opportunity to attend two Spotlight Recitals as well as the culminating event, the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration.
The Cornish-American Song Institute is an art-song program for singers, pianists and composers, The program offers a three-week intensive study of Art-Song in two of England’s most picturesque locales with an internationally renowned roster of faculty members and a decorated list of guest master teachers.
Reflecting the demands and priorities of the modern musical world, this new vocal initiative offers a custom-made program for advanced singing students of 18 years of age and above.
Uniting the strengths of chosen professors and teachers of world renown from Europe and North America, this program allows students to perfect their craft and apprenticeship in a relaxed atmosphere, while giving them access to a rich network of resource-people and knowledge.
This vocal program is innovative and distinctive as much for its originality of vision as its flexibility of structure. As well as masterclasses and joint masterclasses, the students will benefit from individual and group vocal coachings. They will also be able to perfect technical aspects of their singing, their vocal interpretative capacities and their lyric diction as well as performing practice and vocal style (especially with reference to French mélodie, lieder and oratorio). The program also proposes workshops on career development.
This unique program, in which team spirit plays a central role, is closely linked to a vocal accompaniment program that is directed by Olivier Godin. The student-pianists will be paired with vocal students and will have the opportunity of participating in masterclasses and individual vocal classes.
The FRANZ-SCHUBERT-INSTITUT is a private, non-profit organization chartered under the laws of Austria for the purpose of “furthering and cultivating the art of the German Lied”.
For the benefit of singers, pianists, and teachers who have a professional interest in the German Lied, the FRANZ-SCHUBERT-INSTITUT sponsors a five-week summer course of intensive study with leading interpreters of the classical Lied repertoire. The high artistic standards and unique structure of the course “Poetry and Performance of the German Lied”, together with its peerless guest faculty, explain why this master course has, since its inception in 1978, been widely regarded as the finest of its kind.
The Festival Academy is the creative center of the Heidelberg Spring . Here come young, outstanding musicians together from all over the globe to make music together, to share, to find inspiration and to reflect and make new contacts.
Perfect your musical competence while working with great masters and making music with highly gifted young musicians from more than 65 countries. Recent master teachers have included Helmut Deutsch, Hartmut Höll, Marijana Lipovsek, and Wolfgang Holzmair.
Royaumont’s new Song and Lied Academy trains voice-piano duos of the future. Every year, four duos are given the opportunity to follow four week-long courses by a duo of master instructors. A final performance and subsequent concert tour conclude the studies, which are held in a nearly 800-year-old abbey north of Paris. The Fondation covers the cost of lodging and meals for all musicians. Travel expenses and incidental fees are the only financial responsibilities of the participants. Live auditions are held in centres in Europe and North America, including Montreal.
This art-song program is ideal for intermediate to professional singers who are serious about the study of German Lied, French mélodie, and English, Russian, Italian, and Spanish art song.
SongFest is the United States’ premier art song festival and training program held each summer 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 nation’s top music conservatories. Audiences enjoy a vibrant concert series presented in Colburn’s state-of-the-art venues that is entirely free to the public, 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, Gabriela Lena Frank, John Harbison, Jennifer Higdon, and Libby Larsen.
A limited number of need and merit based scholarship opportunities are available, and eight full scholarships for both singers and collaborative pianists are graciously provided by the Marc and Eva Stern Foundation. SongFest Alumni feature prominently on the rosters of many opera companies, Young Artist programs, and university faculties.
Source Song Festival offers MNDuo, a five-day institute for singer/pianist duos with masterclasses and recitals by international artists, the chance to work closely with an established, local song composer, coaching with locally based, world-class artists, and performance opportunities.
Ravinia Festival is located on Chicago’s North Shore and runs each year from late May through early September. All Ravinia events are open to Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute participants.These include outdoor concerts in the pavilion by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, often joined by distinguished soloists, and solo and chamber recitals in Ravinia’s Martin Theatre. Ravinia’s programming includes song recitals and other concerts with vocal soloists during the program for singers.
Each participant has the opportunity to take part in formal recitals in Bennett Gordon Hall. These Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute concerts are scheduled before concerts by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other festival presentations, attracting large, appreciative audiences. Informal performances for colleagues are also arranged.
Participants in the Ukrainian Art Song Project’s Summer Institute will be immersed in performing Ukrainian art songs. They will experience the sounds of the language and explore the poetic realm, musical styles, and performance practices. The program will culminate in a recital for the public.
As ancient as our species, Song is an expressive vessel for our personal, tribal, societal, and global experience. Its poetry chronicles our collective journey across millennia, its music penetrates beyond the realm of words to the core of our beings.
From lullabies to laments, in rituals and celebrations, in diverse therapeutic environments, song expresses the fusion of human thought and feeling across the planet. An intercultural bridge, it reveals the commonalities of our inner beings within the diversities of human societies.
The Vancouver International Song Institute was formed through the collective efforts of an international group of renowned musicians, music scholars, poets, composers, and social scientists, as a stronghold to support the perpetuation of Art Song as a vital human legacy.