Founded in 2003 by American baritone Thomas Hampson, the Hampsong Foundation seeks to create a platform to support and proliferate the art of song from around the world as a means to enhance communication and understanding among cultures through their poetry and music. (Read more about Mr. Hampson’s passion for classic song here.) Through a series of dedicated song projects and in collaboration with key academic and cultural partners, the Hampsong Foundation funds research that expands the song repertory and our knowledge of it, shares findings with the public through workshops, seminars, master classes, recordings and new media, and provides, through its Web site, www.hampsongfoundation.org, a rich interactive resource and meeting place for lovers of song. The Hampsong Foundation endeavors to take full advantage of innovations in technology to enhance educational possibilities and communicate its resources to visitors.
The Hampsong Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To find out how you can support the Hampsong Foundation, click here.
The Song Projects
Song Projects are the heartbeat of Hampsong. The projects explore the connections between poetry and music, history and culture, research and performance, society and song. Academic experts collaborate with performance specialists to illuminate composers’ work from page to stage. Through this work, the Foundation seeks to deepen our understanding of song as the most personal and natural form of human expression, vital for communication in our lives today.
The Song of America Project
Song of America is one of the Hampsong Foundation’s major focuses. The project continues Thomas Hampson’s career-long dedication to American music and the work of his first Song of America collaboration with the Library of Congress in 2005-2006.