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  • May 1, 2017

    African American Art Song Alliance 2017 Conference Video Channel

    By Christie Finn

    On Feb. 10 and 11, 2017, the Hampsong Foundation supported LiveStream video from the 20th anniversary African American Art Song Alliance Conference at the University of California in Irvine! Check out performances, lectures, and other exciting events archived on this Vimeo channel here.
  • January 31, 2017

    LiveStream from African American Art Song Alliance Conference!

    By Christie Finn

    On Feb. 10 and 11, 2017, the Hampsong Foundation will be providing LiveStream from the 20th anniversary African American Art Song Alliance Conference at the University of California in Irvine! Check out performances, lectures, and other exciting events live and archived on our LiveStream channel here.
  • January 2, 2017

    Celebrate Amy Beach's 150th birthday in 2017!

    By Christie Finn

    American composer Amy Beach (1867-1944) was key in paving the way for today's women composers. Celebrate the 150th anniversary of her birth this year at a conference Sept. 15-16, 2017 at the University of New Hampshire--there is currently a call for papers (submission deadline: April 1, 2017). Learn more via Facebook's Fans of Amy Beach page, and this website: http://beachcarreno2017.com/.
  • July 1, 2016

    'Song of America' in Classical Singer Magazine (July 2016)

    By Peter Thoresen

    “Song is a metaphor of the imagination,” says America’s foremost baritone Thomas Hampson. “It is poetic thought encapsulated in music. Poetry is driven by the basic instinct to tell the story of existence, and American poetry explores the cultural roots of our nation.” To empower all of those affected and inspired by song, Hampson makes a further offering: the Hampsong Foundation.
  • June 1, 2016

    'Song of America' Workshop & Special Event on June 25 in LA

    By Christie Finn

    The Hampsong Foundation, in collaboration with SongFest and LA Opera, presents a special Song of America event at the Colburn School, featuring song settings of poetry by the great American writers Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes. Join us for this free, day-long event!
  • May 6, 2016

    'Song of America' Educator Workshop on May 14, 2016 in LA

    By Christie Finn

    The workshop will include sessions exploring both content and pedagogical strategies as well as a special live performance focusing on songs related to the material covered in the workshop. This workshop is in collaboration with LA Opera and is ideal for Language Arts, History, Social Studies, and Performing Arts teachers.
  • May 6, 2016

    'Song of America': Beyond the Song on June 14, 2016 in San Francisco

    By Christie Finn

    Join us for this free special evening event at San Francisco Conservatory featuring a conversation between Thomas Hampson and California State Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, as well as live performances of American song.
  • March 1, 2016

    'Song of America' Educator Workshop on April 23, 2016 in New York City

    By Christie Finn

    The internationally renowned operatic baritone Thomas Hampson explores the power of classic American songs as the gateway for a richer knowledge of the cultures, languages, peoples, and events that have shaped American life.



    The workshop will include a full complement of activities: sessions exploring both content and pedagogical strategies, a conversation with Hampson about his passion for telling the story of history and culture through classic song, and a special live performance focusing on songs related to the material covered in the workshop. This workshop is in collaboration with Teachers College, Columbia University and Manhattan School of Music.



    This workshop is ideal for Language Arts, History, Social Studies, and Performing Arts teachers.
  • November 16, 2015

    'Song of America' in the Classroom: A Media Event on Dec. 12 in Chicago, Illinois

    By Christie Finn

    On Saturday, December 12, 2015, from 11am-3pm, the Hampsong Foundation, in collaboration with WFMT Radio Network, the Ryan Opera Center, and WTTW, will host a special event called Song of America in the Classroom: A Media Event, promoting and advocating for the Song of America Curriculum Initiative through discussion of classic song–poetry set to music–as a tool to teach the arts and humanities, especially American history and literature. This event will also highlight the Hampsong Foundation’s multifaceted work to further this agenda through technology and new media.



    A special aspect of this event is a live performance of American songs by three young artists from the Ryan Opera Center; the performances will lead to individual conversations between Thomas Hampson and the artists about the world of each particular song, and it’s importance in telling the history of American culture. The entire event will be live-streamed online so that you can watch live from anywhere in the world! Video of the event will later be archived on the Hampsong Foundation website.
  • August 18, 2015

    'Song of America' Educator Workshop on Dec. 5, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan

    By Christie Finn

    The internationally renowned operatic baritone Thomas Hampson explores the power of classic American songs as the gateway for a richer knowledge of the cultures, languages, peoples, and events that have shaped American life.



    The workshop will include a full complement of activities: sessions exploring both content and pedagogical strategies, a conversation with Hampson about his passion for telling the story of history and culture through classic song, and a special live performance focusing on songs related to the material covered in the workshop. The live performance will be a video conference between the University of Michigan and Manhattan School of Music, and will be available online via live-stream to view around the world.



    This workshop is ideal for Language Arts, History, Social Studies, and Performing Arts teachers.
  • February 5, 2014

    Library of Congress launches new site

    By Christie Finn

    On February 5, 2014, the Library of Congress launched "Songs of America", a web presentation which brings forward 80,000 digitized, curated items including maps, recordings, videos, sheet music, essays, biographies, curator talks and more to explore America’s history through the prism of song.


    The free online presentation lets visitors explore American history as documented in the work of some of our country's greatest composers, poets, scholars and performers. The searchable artifacts in the presentation are part of the Library of Congress' unprecedented collection.


    The Hampsong Foundation deeply supports the efforts of the Library of Congress, and is grateful to the institution for having created a presentation facilitating access to the priceless artifacts. The Hampsong Foundation will continue its mutual efforts with the Library of Congress to bring classic art song of America into a larger cultural context to tell the story of America and Americans.


  • March 1, 2013

    The American Song Initiative

    By Christie Finn

    The Hampsong Foundation is pleased to announce the American Song Initiative, which provides small grants, on a rolling basis, for projects in American classic song that have both a scholarly and performance element. A winning project will use American classic art song to tell a larger narrative in history, culture, literature, and/or the visual arts. Projects that use new technology to present and/or disseminate the content of the project (i.e. recordings, visual, and/or textual materials) are encouraged. Multimedia projects, projects involving a website or web-based platform, or projects using another more experimental technological element (such as an iBook or smartphone application) will be given priority. Priority will also be given to smaller projects whose entire budget falls within the $1,500 (or less) range.


  • February 17, 2013

    Hampsong & Star Spangled Music

    By Christie Finn

    The Hampsong Foundation has joined with the Star Spangled Music Foundation, with resources located at http://starspangledmusic.org/, to celebrate the bicentennial of America’s national anthem in 2014.


    In addition to promoting the mission and activities of the Star Spangled Music Foundation, the Hampsong Foundation will directly participate in the Teacher’s Institute “Banner Moments: The National Anthem in American Life” that will be held by the Star Spangled Music Foundation in the summer of 2014. Baritone Thomas Hampson will perform a recital of songs that help tell the story of "The Star-Spangled Banner." The recital will be held at the Library of Congress on July 3, 2014.


    The Star Spangled Music Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, is building a broad network of organizations (ensembles, museums, cultural organizations, foundations, etc.) to share news of activities related to American music and especially to create, test, revise and share educational materials for use during the bicentennial of the U.S. national anthem—”The Star-Spangled Banner.” Please visit the StarSpangledMusic.org website for more information.


  • September 1, 2012

    SongFest 2012 Bolcom Project on Hampsong

    By Christie Finn

    This summer, William Bolcom served as the Composer-in-Residence at SongFest, a unique summer program that focuses on the art of song and is currently based at the Colburn School in California. As part of Bolcom’s residency, SongFest presented the “Songs of William Bolcom” concert, which featured some of his most well-known song cycles and many of which set the poetry of American poet Jane Kenyon (1947-1995). The concert also included a new commission, “Gettysburg: July 1, 1863,” which also sets the poetry of Kenyon and was underwritten by the Sorel Organization. SongFest has generously made the audio materials from this concert available through a special feature on the website of the Hampsong Foundation.


  • May 29, 2012

    Margaret Ruthven Lang Anniversary

    By Donald George & Lucy Mauro

    May 29, 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Margaret Ruthven Lang. If you have never heard of Margaret Ruthven Lang, you are not alone. This forgotten American woman, born in Boston in 1867 and who lived until 1972, spent the first 50 years of her life surrounded by prominent musicians , poets and painters of the day and indeed becoming one of the most highly regarded female composers of her time, the first American woman to have a major orchestra perform her compositions in 1893, and to publish some 150 works, performed by great artists throughout the US and Europe, only to spend the next 50 years of her life in anonymity, never to compose again or hardly even to mention it.


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