Art Song Festival, November 2023

Now accepting applications!

Our 2023 Art Song Festival theme “Songs in the Time of War” highlights songs and/or poetry created during or influenced by some aspect of wartime. Examples that fit this theme include Schumann’s “Die beiden Grenadiere” and “Der Soldat,” numerous settings of several poems, such as “War” by Virginia Woolf (set by Dominick Argento), A.E Housman’s “A Shropshire Lad,” and texts by Anne Frank (Juliana Hall). We also encourage singers to explore composers whose songs emerged in the time of war (Francis Poulenc, contemporaries of Aaron Copland, Maurice Ravel, among many others). 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: November 10-12, 2023

Where: This event will be held at SUNY Schenectady County Community College.

Applications: Please apply online between August 14 and October 31, 2023.


Katrina Fasulo

Katrina Fasulo



Robert Osbourne

Robert Osborne



Jean Leonard

Jean Leonard



Clinician / Dramatic Coach

John Kramar

John Kramar



2023 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. Any song from the classical art song genre, including but not limited to German lieder, French mélodie, and many other national art song traditions.
  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.)


  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

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

  • Musical Coachings (30 singers est.) on Friday, November 10, 1:00-9:00pm
  • Dramatic Masterclasses (15 singers each) on Saturday, November 11, 10am-1pm (Masterclass #1), 2-5pm (Masterclass #2)
  • Performances on Sunday, November 12, 1:00-7:30pm

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: August 14, 2023
  • Deadline for application and all materials: October 31, 2023

Online Application Materials include:

  • Payment of the non-refundable fee of $75.00 for students of NATS members (and $85.00 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 October 31, 2023.

*Teachers please review biographies before students submit them.

Questions may be directed to Carla Fisk.

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