Launched in November 2009, Song of America is a project of the Hampsong Foundation. Our goal is to build and curate a comprehensive archive of American song that tells the story of our culture and nation, through the eyes of our poets and the ears of our composers.

We invite performers, students, and all lovers of American song to explore the work of American composers and poets; to see what poems have been set by more than one composer; to explore the background of American art song. Listen to the songs, read about them, download the scores, and find links to relevant websites for more information. Song of America.net is an ever-expanding database and a resource for exploring the connections between poetry and music, history and culture.

We welcome your suggestions for improvements to this site. Your reactions and user experience are important to us. Please send constructive comments, as well as additional resources and useful related links, to [email protected] (Christie Finn, Song of America Content Manager and Managing Director of the Hampsong Foundation).

The Song of America website is licensed through ASCAP and BMI.

Website credits

Site Development Team

  • Managing Director, Hampsong Foundation; Content Manager, Song of America
  • Christie Finn

Major Financial Support

  • Elinor Remick Warren Foundation
  • Los Angeles
  • Mr. and Mrs. Victor Reyniak

Principal sources for Timeline: Books

  • The Almanac of American History
  • Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor, Perigee Books, The Putnam Publishing Group, New York, c. Bison Books Corp. 1983
  • The History of American Classical Music: MacDowell Through Minimalism
  • John Warthen Struble, Facts on File, New York, c. 1995 by John Warthen Struble
  • Art-Song in America: A Study in the Development of American Music
  • William Treat Upton, Oliver Ditson Company, Boston and New York, c. Oliver Ditson Company 1930

Principal sources for Timeline: Websites