Art Song Festival

SHSU Art Song Festival 2023

DATE: February 24-26, 2023

The SHSU College of Arts and Media along with the SHSU School of Music proudly announces the third annual SHSU Art Song Festival, scheduled February 24-26, 2023.  Presented as a hybrid event, we invite you to register for this acclaimed festival featuring art song performances, scholarly presentations, and a much-anticipated student competition.  Registration for the festival is FREE of charge, and all live performances take place in the beautiful facilities of the SHSU James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center in Huntsville, Texas.

This year’s guest artist recital will feature renowned baritone Evan Jones, joined by composer/collaborative pianist Timothy Hoekman on Friday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. Festival participants may attend this performance in-person or view via livestream.

The festival will include the 10th annual Art Song Competition featuring SHSU students, in which selected SHSU voice and piano students will compete for over $5500 in scholarship awards. This unique event is also open to festival attendees either in-person or via livestream.

Call for Participation:

In addition to dynamic live performances, this festival will offer the opportunity for art song scholars vetted from across the country to present their research in a virtual format, with opportunities for participant discussion and questions through the online festival portal.

Proposals for papers, lecture-recitals, and mini-recitals are accepted. All accepted proposals will be presented in an online (recorded) format. Papers and lecture-recitals will be 40 minutes in length; mini-recitals (performance only, with preference given to new works) will be 20 minutes in length.

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)
  • Composers of underrepresented groups

How to submit a proposal:

Submit proposals here beginning October 1, 2022. All proposals must be received no later than 11:59 pm CDT on November 15, 2022, and include the following information:

  1. Type of submission (paper, lecture-recital, mini-recital)
  2. Names of all presenters/performers
  3. Abstract (c. 400 words)
  4. Short bio (c. 200 words) for each presenter/performer
  5. Lecture-recital/mini-recital only—must also include a short audio/video example of representative performances


       October 1, 2022: Call for participation opens.

       November 15, 2022: Call for participation closes

       December 15, 2022: All submitters notified of acceptance

       February 1, 2023: Deadline for accepted submissions to submit video for online session

Registration, Schedule, & Attendance

Information regarding registration and schedule will be coming soon!