Due to the extraordinary circumstances resulting from the ongoing concern of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Spring Into Song Festival that was scheduled to begin at the end of May, has now been postponed until later in the fall. ASPSNY will present A Season of Song, a program of masterclasses, lectures, conversations and recitals virtually via Zoom beginning in September 2020 running through to April 2021.
A Season of Art Song Festival 2020-21
The Art Song Preservation Society of New York (ASPSNY) is pleased to announce our upcoming season via Zoom:
In order to respect the privacy of our guests and the integrity of the virtual event, we send the Zoom event passwords out as a BCC email list. Doing so may result with the email being sent to the Spam folder. Please check for the emailed link a day before the event. If unable to find the link, please email ASPSNY@gmail.com .
FREE Masterclass Series (Suggested Donation of $10)
Saturday, September 12, 2 pm ET virtually via Zoom
Italian Song with MARK MARKHAM
Saturday, September 26, 2 pm ET virtually via Zoom
German Lied with THOMAS MURACO
Thomas Muraco, pianist, conductor, and coach, will explore the German Lied repertoire spanning from Schubert and Schumann to Mahler and Strauss and composers in between. Muraco is a celebrated coach who cites the legendary conductor Leonard Bernstein as one of his mentors. Muraco is on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music.
Saturday, October 10, 2 pm ET virtually via Zoom
Collaboration & Refinement in Song Performance with MARK MARKHAM
Dr. Mark Markham, renowned for his work with legendary American soprano Jessye Norman (1945-2019), will work with singers and pianists on the art of partnership with particular focus on the French and German vocal repertoire. Discover your best performance practices in this class. Markham was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from John Hopkins University, and is considered one of the most prominent performers and teachers in his profession. In recent years, recitals have been given with a new generation of stars including sopranos, Leah Crocetto and Jennifer O'Loughlin and mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges. Markham also has his own summer workshop, Singing in Sicily – a non-profit intensive training program for talented young singers from around the world
Saturday, October 24, 2 pm ET virtually via Zoom
American Songbook with NEIL SEMER
Internationally recognized for his work with classical, Broadway, and contemporary style singers, voice teacher, Neil Semer, offers his extensive insight guiding singers through an enjoyable afternoon of music from the American Songbook. Semer has a summer training institute for singers in both Germany and Canada. In addition to the Neil Semer Training Institutes abroad and maintaining a vibrant voice studio in New York, he also teaches in London, Paris, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam
Saturday, November 7, 4 pm ET virtually via Zoom - PLEASE NOTE THE LATER START TIME
Spanish Language Art Song with Maya Hoover & José Meléndez,
Dr. Maya Hoover, (mezzo) and pianist and vocal coach, José Meléndez explore the vast array of songs and poetry of Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Peru, Uruguay and other Latin American and European countries. Dr. Hoover is the author of A Guide the Latin American Art Song and a professor on the voice faculty at the University of Hawaii, and Meléndez is a faculty member at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.
Saturday, January 16, 2021, 2 pm ET virtually via Zoom
Bel Canto Technique through Song with ANDREA DELGIUDICE
International opera/theater director and prominent voice teacher Andrea DelGiudice will work with singers on developing healthy Bel Canto vocal technique through the medium of art song. A remarkable artist who uses wit and humor in her compelling classes, participating singers and the audience are sure to enjoy this afternoon!
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 2 pm ET virtually via Zoom
African American Song with EMERY STEPHENS
Recognized as one of the leading performers, masterclass teachers and lecturers of African American Song repertoire, Dr. Emery Stephens (baritone), offers his extensive insight and unique philosophy on an area of music all too often neglected by artists. He will guide singers and the audience on how to interpret this genre authentically within a cultural context regardless of the performer’s racial identity. While this music is written by composers of color who have often been marginalized or not fully represented in classical music, the essence of these songs transcends the color of the performer. Our guest artist will offer his expert insight on how to approach the music intelligently and with empathy through creating more integrated singing communities.
Saturday, March 21, 2021, 2 pm ET virtually via Zoom
Dramatic Interpretation of Song Masterclass with REAHANN BRYCE-DAVIS - MORE INFO COMING SOON!
Saturday, April 10, 2021, 2 pm ET virtually via Zoom
French Song with THOMAS GRUBB
Thomas Grubb, the author of Singing in French: A Manual of French Diction & French Vocal Repertoire will focus this workshop on the vividly poetic songs of the French vocal repertoire like Debussy, Duparc, Poulenc, Ravel and more. Grubb was decorated as Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry, and is one of the leading experts of French music worldwide having taught at Juilliard, Curtis, and Peabody conservatories.
FUTURE EVENTS - TBA
Italian Song with CORRADINA CAPORELLO
Born in Rome, Dr. Caporello trained with Evelina Colorni and is the author of The Boccaccian Novella: Creation and Waning of a Genre. She will focus this workshop on the 17th, 18th, 19th, and early 20th century Italian song repertoire. Caporello has coached at the Bel Canto Institute, Banff Centre for the Arts, and has been a member of the Juilliard faculty since 1984.
Dramatic Interpretation of Song with MARGARET LATTIMORE
Dramatic interpretation is central to this Metropolitan Opera singer’s career. Margaret Lattimore (mezzo), will guide singers in how to get to the heart of the music and will explore elements of interpretation and making the most of vocal expression in song.
Ravel & Poulenc Mélodies with FRANK DAYKIN
Frank Daykin, the author of The Encyclopedia of French Song, will work with singers and pianists on the songs of Maurice Ravel and Francis Poulenc. Singers should be prepared to bring one song by each of these iconic composers of French song.
Singing in English with KATHRYN LABOUFF
Kathryn LaBouff, the author of Singing and Communicating in English: A Singer's Guide to English Diction, will focus this workshop on how to apply a methodological and vocally healthy approach to singing in English, empowering and freeing the singer/actor to deeply communicate while singing English text. LaBouff continues to teach at the Juilliard School in Manhattan, and offers masterclasses throughout the world.
Masterclasses will take place virtually via Zoom.
The 2020 event has been postponed until 2021 - DATE TBA
Mary Trueman Art Song Vocal Competition Finals Concert
The top finalist of this elite vocal competition featuring talented singers competing for a cash prize before the public and an esteemed panel of judges. The competition is in recital format so come enjoy an afternoon of song!
Cost: Suggested donation $10
The event will take place as a virtual performance - DATE TBA
Raehann Bryce-Davis (mezzo) and Mark Markham (pianist) in Concert
American mezzo-soprano, Raehann Bryce-Davis, is the 2018 winner of the prestigious George London Award and a singer in great demand. Ms. Bryce-Davis joins forces with accomplished pianist from the international stage, Mark Markham to offer a recital of art song in celebration of ASPS's 10-year anniversary. Come celebrate with us!
Cost: $15 at the door/$10 in advance online
Read more about our upcoming festival by reading Sparks & Wiry Cries profile piece on ASPS:
Community Outreach Concert
Our Spring Into Art Song festival travels to SAGE Community Center in midtown Manhattan for a community outreach event and salon concert. More information to follow.
Application and Auditions
If you are interested in tickets to attend or audit, please contact Blair Boone-Migura at ASPSNY@gmail.com or visit our homepage and scroll down to purchase tickets. If you are interested in participating as a performer in the masterclass series or have a question about one of the masterclasses or the application process, please write to Blair Boone-Migura at ASPSNY@gmail.com. After submitting an application through to YapTracker, payments can be made by scrolling down below.
Directions to Manhattan School of Music
By Subway (1 train) Manhattan School of Music is located between the 116th Street and 125th Street stations. The conservatory is located at 130 Claremont Avenue.
General tickets for all ASPS master classes and recitals are $15 at the door with discounts for students and seniors. Advance purchased tickets may also be obtained at a discounted rate of $10 online via PayPal. Rather than a physical ticket, your name will be added to our Will-Call list. Please be prepared to provide a valid Government Issued Photo ID on the day of the event to gain admittance.
Questions? Contact Blair Boone-Migura at ASPSNY@gmail.com
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