SongStudio is a new program for young vocalists under the leadership of world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming. Designed to renew and refresh the presentation and experience of the vocal recital, SongStudio brings leading musicians and other performing artists together to mentor emerging singers and collaborative pianists, exploring innovative approaches to both classic and current song repertoire, and inviting new audiences to engage with the art form. SongStudio builds on the remarkable legacy of supporting young singers and the art of the vocal recital that Marilyn Horne sustained over the past two decades through The Song Continues.
Young and emerging professional singers are invited to apply for the inaugural SongStudio at Carnegie Hall in January 2019. Eight vocalists will be invited for a weeklong workshop that will address not only the musical and technical demands of the song literature, but also give participants additional tools drawing on other disciplines and methods of engaging audiences to present this intimate art form in new and creative ways.
In addition to a completed application form, all applicants are required to submit a current headshot, a one-page resume, two references, and audition videos. The audition videos (audio-only files are not accepted) should include unedited performances of three art songs, including one in English, one in German, and one in another language of your choice. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to submit a fourth song from outside of the traditional lied /chanson/ art-song repertoire. This could include the Great American Songbook, musical theater / cabaret, popular music, folk song, or world music.
To help the audition panel better understand your artistic perspective, all applicants are required to submit one of the following:
All materials must be submitted electronically through Acceptd, a service that provides a digital audition platform to many performing arts schools and programs. As part of the application, you will be asked to enter email addresses for your recommenders. They will receive a link to an online recommendation form after you submit your completed application. Please note that this email will be sent directly from Acceptd (not Carnegie Hall). Your references will have until November 1, 2018, to complete and submit their confidential recommendations.
If you have a recital partner with whom you would like to participate in SongStudio, you are welcome to apply together. Please include the pianist’s name where indicated in the application and submit at least two of the required songs recorded with that pianist.
A $10 application fee is required at the time you submit your application.
Invited participants are expected to arrive in New York City the day before the workshop begins and depart the day after it concludes. Shared hotel accommodations are provided. Travel expenses of up to $500 (North America) and $1,000 (international) will be reimbursed to each participant (including pianists invited together with a singer) from outside the New York City area.
SongStudio is open to art-song singers and recitalists ages 18–35.