Art Song Festival coaching session

Art Song Festival, November 2024

Now accepting applications!

Sponsor: ENY/NATS: The Eastern New York Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing

What: A 2-day Celebration of Art Song Repertoire – through musical coachings, a dramatic masterclass, and public performance, singers will delve deeper into the artistry of poetry set to the timeless combination of classical voice and piano.

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

When: November 8-9, 2024

Where: November 8 – Coachings at SUNY Schenectady County Community College
November 9 – Masterclass/Performance at Skidmore College

Applications: Please apply online between August 12 and October 12, 2024

Dramatic Masterclass Coach

Randall Scarlata

Randall Scarlata

Baritone, Peabody Conservatory, Tanglewood Festival – faculty


Musical Coaches

Noah Palmer

Noah Palmer

Michael Clement

Michael Clement


To be announced

2024 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. This year, we have decided not to have a specific theme for the repertoire, as we would like to encourage a broader selection of songs from the participants. We look forward to hearing you perform your favorite art songs. We do request that you offer one or both songs in English, but other languages are also welcome.

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 8, 4:00-9:00pm
  • Dramatic Masterclasses (15 singers each) on Saturday, November 9, 10am-12pm (Masterclass #1), 12:30-2:30pm (Masterclass #2)
  • Performances on Saturday, November 9, 3:00-8:30pm

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 12, 2024
  • Deadline for application and all materials: October 12, 2024

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 12, 2024.

*Teachers please review biographies before students submit them.

Questions may be directed to Carla Fisk.

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