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Art Song Festival, January-February 2022

Applications open Monday, November 1, 2021 at 6pm EDT

Our Festival theme “For the Love of Singing” celebrates our steadfast, strong, and downright stubborn pursuit to keep singing amidst our global pandemic. We look forward to hearing you celebrate your most favorite art songs. We do request that you offer one or both songs in English, but other languages are welcome.

Who: High School, College, Pre-Professional and Adult Non-Professional* singers

When: January – February 2022

Where: All Events will be held synchronously through Zoom

Applications: Please apply online between November 1 and December 12, 2021.

2022 Art Song Festival Details

Vocal Categories:

  • High School
  • Young Adult (including college students)
  • Pre-Professional (graduate students)
  • Adult Non-Professional*

*Adult Non-Professional – defined as a singer whose main career is not singing, and they are not regularly paid to sing. For musical theater, these singers should not be an active member of AEA.

Song Requirements:

Each participant will sing two memorized art songs, ONE OF WHICH MUST BE IN ENGLISH.

Suggestions for art song repertoire include:

  1. This year we are encouraging repertoire that inspires you to sing.  We recognize the unique challenges to singers during our pandemic, and encourage you to choose two songs that inspire your “Love of Singing.” 
  2. Folk songs and Spirituals arranged for solo voice and piano, i.e.:  Mark Hayes, Zaninelli, Britten, and Copland arrangements
  3. Baroque arias will only be accepted if the opera is not performed (be cautious when selecting Handel, Purcell and any selection that is “from” a larger work.)

We have supplied an extensive document that identifies several art songs by Black composers. We have also suggested some songs that may seem more appropriate for those who live the Black experience.  Please be thorough in your study of the poetry or stories when choosing repertoire.

NOT ACCEPTABLE:

  1. Operatic and oratorio arias
  2. Musical theater selections
  3. Pop music
  4. Opera/pop crossover

NATS Copyright Policy / Scanned Scores

NATS encourages its members, their students, accompanists and the general population to become educated about, and to comply with, all applicable copyright laws. Reproduction of a copyrighted work constitutes copyright infringement unless a license to reproduce such work has been obtained, the use is considered fair use, the work is in the public domain, or a valid exception to copyright infringement exists.

NATS requires students, teachers and other participants in NATS affiliated events, auditions and competitions to affirm compliance with the NATS Copyright Policy, and to use only authorized reproductions of copyrighted works.

Participants in the Art Song Festival must scan ORIGINAL PUBLISHED scores. Music downloaded from the internet which is in public domain satisfies the copyright law. Students may be disqualified from participating if there has been an infringement of copyright law.

These scans will be the copies that the accompanists will be using to prepare for the festival so it is essential that they are clean, readable copies with no music notation cut off (especially the sides of the pages and the bass clef of the piano accompaniment).

Festival Schedule of Events

All Events will be held synchronously through Zoom

Musical Coaching, Dramatic Master Class, Performances, and Collaborative Pianists:

  • Friday, January 21 – Saturday, January 23, 2022 Festival Event #1: Individual Musical Coachings
  • Friday, February 4 – Saturday, February 5, 2022 Festival Event #2: Dramatic Masterclass
  • Sunday, February 6, 2022 Virtual Performance and Adjudication on Zoom

Coach/Collaborative Pianists

Coach/Collaborative Pianists are provided for the singers (cost included in the application fee), and will be individually assigned based on coaching and performance times. We are not able to honor requests for a specific pianist. Your pianist will provide accompaniment tracks for you to use in the festival events.

Application Deadline and Fee:

  • Application period opens: Monday, November 1, 2021
  • Deadline for all materials: Sunday, December 12, 2021

Online Application Materials include:

  • Payment of the non-refundable fee of $65.00 for students of NATS members (and $75.00 for students of non-NATS members)
  • Scanned working copies of the music
  • Biography
  • Completed application

There will be an additional $10.00 fee if your application as well as materials are received after December 12, 2021.

*Teachers please review biographies before students submit them.

Questions may be directed to Francis Wittmann.

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