Art Song Festival

SHSU Art Song Festival 2021

DATE: April 17 - 19, 2021


DEADLINE: February 15, 2021

SHSU's yearly Art Song Competition is expanding this year!

This 1st Annual Art Song Festival will include a hybrid of live & online offerings. This 3-day event will explore a wide array of topics relating to the art song, including the impact of digital technology on the its creation, performance and reception. The festival will feature individual papers/presentations and lecture recitals (livestreamed, with provisional option for pre-recorded sessions followed by live discussion) and group discussions. Applications from early career scholars/performers and doctoral students are encouraged.

As well as issues concerning performance, we invite presentations exploring historical, psychological, sociological, cultural and economic aspects pertaining to art song, its audiences and presenting organizations. The event aims to bring together scholars and performing artists in a way that benefits both pedagogues and performers.

The festival will bring together a broad range of scholars and performers from around the country, including this year's Guest Artist, acclaimed mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke. She will be presenting a full recital and masterclass, both of which will be streamed live from SHSU's Gaertner Center for the Performing Arts. The festival will also feature SHSU's 8th Annual Art Song Competition, open to current students of the school, with a livestream of the Winners' Concert.

Presentations are welcomed on a range of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Performance of art song repertoire (issues concerning programming, contexts, settings, collaborations, marketing, technology)
  • Composition and performance of new art song repertoire, including collaborations between composers and performers
  • Historical perspectives (changes in art song performance practice, art song during global crises)
  • Use of media - issues emerging from live, all-digital and the emerging hybrid performance formats blurring the boundaries between 'online' and 'live' art song.

Duration/Types of presentations (suggested):

  • Individual/Collaborative Presentations: 40 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion.
  • Lecture recitals: 40 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions from the audience.
  • Mini-Recitals: 20 minutes (performance only, with emphasis on new works)
  • NOTE: All accepted proposals will be presented online (either live or pre-recorded).


INSTRUCTIONS: Please submit the following items for all proposals by February 15, 2021 (midnight) to the following email address:

  1. Abstracts of c.300 words
  2. A short biography of c.200 words (for each participant)
  3. Short video link(s) of representative performances/presentations

Please indicate the type of presentation you are proposing and, if appropriate, the name(s) of the performers involved. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by March 1, 2021.

SHSU Art Song Festival: Schedule (April 17 - 19, 2021)

Saturday: April 17, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am Opening Presentation (streamed) - Concert Hall
11:00am - 3:00pm Online Sessions (ranging in length from 25-50 minutes)
3:30pm Art Song Competition Semi-Finalist Concert (streamed)
7:30pm Guest Artist Recital with Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano (live/streamed)
Sunday: April 18, 2021
1:00pm - 3:00pm Online Sessions (ranging in length from 25-50 minutes)
3:30pm - 5:30pm Masterclass w/ Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano (live/streamed) - Concert Hall
7:30pm Art Song Winners Concert (live/streamed) - Concert Hall
Monday: April 19, 2021
10:00 - 2:50pm Online Sessions (ranging in length from 25-50 minutes)
3:00pm - 3:50pm Artist Interview with Sasha Cooke (streamed)

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