SongFest 2014: “Discover Your Unique Voice!”

The Colburn School · Los Angeles, CA

May 31-June 28


SongFest at the Colburn School in Los Angeles is the premier festival and summer training program in the US dedicated primarily to art song. The uniquely broad scope of its offerings is comprised of a rigorous curriculum addressing the concerns of the 21st-century singer and collaborative pianist with classes in acting, movement, diction, repertoire and career guidance workshops, daily master classes taught by an international roster of leading recital artists and pedagogues, collaborations with leading American composers and the presentation of at least one commissioned world premiere every summer, and an exciting concert series presented at Colburn’s state-of-the-art venues.



Craig Rutenberg and Alan Smith join the 2014 Distinguished Piano Faculty!

SongFest 2014 is pleased to welcome renowned collaborative artists Craig Rutenberg, Head of Music Administration at the Metropolitan Opera, and Alan Smith, Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the USC Thornton School of Music. They will join longtime SongFest faculty, legendary vocal accompanist and scholar Graham Johnson, as 2014 Distinguished Piano Faculty. Visit the 2014 Faculty page to read more about SongFest’s stellar line-up of artists.


SongFest 2014 welcomes back composer William Bolcom!

SongFest is pleased to welcome back composer William Bolcom! The distinguished American composer has received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Arts, two Grammy Awards, the Detroit Music Award and was named 2007 Composer of the Year by Musical America!


Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon to write a premiere for SongFest 2014!

Jennifer Higdon will write the 2014 American Song Commission for SongFest generously underwritten by The Sorel Organization. Visit Jennifer Higdon’s website to read more about the Pulitzer Prize winner whose current projects also include an opera, based on Charles Frazier’s book Cold Mountain, which is scheduled to be premiered in 2015 by Santa Fe Opera.


SongFest 2014 welcomes Rudolf Piernay, Lucy Shelton, and Sanford Sylvan!

SongFest is pleased to welcome new artist faculty: soprano Lucy Shelton and baritones Rudolf Piernay and Sanford Sylvan to the 2014 Program! Read more about Lucy Shelton on her website and visit faculty pages at the Guildhall School in London for Mr. Piernay, and at The Juilliard School and McGill University for Mr. Sylvan.

Susanne Mentzer sings the praises of SongFest 2013!

In a Huffington Post Article, Youth That Is Not Wasted on the Young, Mentzer writes: “SongFest at Colburn…another unique training program, it focuses on the endless wealth of more than 200 years of song repertoire with collaborative piano (formerly called accompanying which implied a lesser role for the pianist). It was so incredibly energizing to see so many singers … Continue reading »


SongFest 2013 performances reviewed in the LA Times!

Colburn’s SongFest brings fervor to Bernstein’s ‘Songfest’ and Memorable performances highlight Colburn SongFest program are the titles of two LA Times reviews of the 2013 festival. The first concert, in collaboration with Grand Performances LA, was hosted by the composer’s daughter Jamie Bernstein and conducted by Michael Barrett. The latter, a tribute to composer Libby Larsen, included several of Larsen’s major cycles as well as the premiere of Gabriela Lena Frank’s Kitchen Songs, SongFest’s 2013 Sorel Foundation Commission.