Song of America: Telling the Story of American Culture is a production of The Hampsong Foundation. It was produced by Miriam Lewin of Lavine Production Group, with camera and editing by Randi Cecchine. Our thanks to singers Catherine Swindle, Nita Baxani, and Justin Austin; pianist and composer Richard Pearson Thomas; the Stephen Gaynor School in New York City; and the staff at Teachers College, Columbia University.
WelcomeWe invite performers, educators, and all lovers of song to explore connections between poetry and music, between history and culture, through the work of American composers and poets. Song of America is a database resource where you can listen to songs, read their texts, learn more about them (and the composers, poets, and eras connected to them), find scores, and link to other resources. Major projects within Song of America include the Song of America Radio Series and Song of America For Educators. Song of America is a project of The Hampsong Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding through the art of song.
The first black guest to play with the Chicago Symphony, Margaret Bonds was an accomplished pianist as well as composer and teacher.
Photo: Margaret Bonds, photograph by Carl van Vechten, 1956
Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dana Gioia is not only a prominent arts advocate and business man, he is also a prize-winning and highly acclaimed poet.
Photo: Dana Gioia, www.danagioia.net
Learn more about this competition for singers (ages 18-24) here: Mondavi Young Artists Competition.
Applications due Oct. 15, 2017.
For repertoire suggestions and inspiration, check out our essay: American Song Inspiration for Young (and Curious!) Singers. More information to come!
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of her birth this year at a conference Sept. 15-16, 2017 at the University of New Hampshire.
Learn more via Facebook's Fans of Amy Beach page, and this website: http://beachcarreno2017.com/.
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Featured BookA New Anthology of Art Songs By Contemporary African American Composers Margaret R. Simmons and Jeanine Wagner
Featured ESSAYHarlem Renaissance Hampson & Verdino-Süllwold
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