The Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival returns with this year’s theme of Mélodies Françaises, or French Art Song. The Festival includes solo performances from young singers and pianists from around the state of New Mexico. Master classes, concerts, lecture demonstrations, and choral performances are also offered. The Final Awards Concert and reception, Sunday April 30 at 2 p.m. at Simms Auditorium for the Arts, completes the weekend with the presentation of over $7,000 in scholarship awards. The public is invited to attend any of the free events and concerts during this beautiful weekend of art song. A complete schedule of events can be found at www.vocalartistryartsong.com. Each year, guest faculty is brought in from some of the top music schools in the country. This year’s guest faculty includes Sylvie Beaudette from the Eastman School of Music, Amy Pfrimmer from Tulane University, Brent McMunn from USC Thornton School of Music, Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet from Texas Christian Universit,y and Martha Rowe, retired professor, pianist and singer from New Mexico State University. The guest faculty adds to the educational value of this festival. Art song combines poetry and challenging vocal skills. Musical representations of poems, art songs feature a solo singer accompanied by piano. It is a rich, intimate and moving repertoire that often does not penetrate into smaller musical communities such as New Mexico. That’s why the Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival is designed to be not only enriching and entertaining, but also educational. Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival was founded by singer and voice teacher Jacqueline Zander-Wall in 2008 as a way to further the study of art song repertoire. It comprises master classes, student performances, presentations and professional concerts. Its purpose is to encourage singers of all backgrounds to continue their participation, understanding, appreciation, and interest in classical vocal music. It also provides an opportunity for the community to learn about and embrace art song. The Festival is supported by the Meredith Foundation and affiliated with the Albuquerque Music Teachers Association. It is also supported by organizations including the Albuquerque Opera Guild, Polyphony, Quintessence, Opera Southwest, and New Mexico Symphonic Youth Chorus.
Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival
- 6400 Wyoming Blvd NE
- Albuquerque, 87109
- Albuquerque Academy