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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.

Application Guidelines

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.


  • Application Available: June 14, 2018
  • Application Deadline: October 12, 2018
  • Recommendation Deadline: November 1, 2018
  • Invited Candidates Notified: by November 16, 2018
  • Program Duration: January 21–27, 2019

Application Requirements

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:

  • A sample recital program that demonstrates a creative approach to building a song program. Please note that it does not need to be a program you have performed, nor will you be asked to sing the program as part of your participation in SongStudio. Please use the opportunity to put forward an original programming or presentation concept that reflects your personal vision for a song recital.
  • OR

  • A short (approximately 2–3 minute) spoken video addressing those aspects of song literature you find most compelling or interesting, as well as some of your personal goals as a song recitalist. This video can be recorded using a smartphone, tablet, or other personal electronic device.

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.

Applying with a Pianist

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.

Application Fee

A $10 application fee is required at the time you submit your application.

Practical Information

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.

Applications for SongStudio are now closed. Please check back in the spring for 2020 application information.

SongStudio is free to all selected participants.

Contact Us

Lead support for workshops and master classes is provided by Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Mr. and Mrs. Anthony B. Evnin and A.E. Charitable Foundation.

Workshops and master classes are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari.

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