In the pursuit of its mission statement, the Hampsong Foundation collaborates with several respected organizations and individuals to actively support new research, publications and approaches to the proliferation of classic art song. From the publication of new monographs that further research and interest in classic song to providing financial support for singers and scholars pursuing exceptional projects and studies, the Hampsong Foundation maintains a dynamic role in supporting in the next generation of singers, scholars, and song enthusiasts.
Established in 2009, this fund is dedicated to fostering editions and scholarship on classic song in all its contexts, as well as new and innovative technologies for promoting and understanding classic song via interactive media and the Internet.
This award honors Thomas Hampson’s first vocal teacher by funding scholarships to attend Musicfest Northwest in his home state, Washington, and provides assistance to a student entered in the Voice Division to continue vocal studies in the next year.
-Stefan Schmidl’s Jules Massenet. Sein Leben, sein Werk, seine Zeit (2012)
-Stewart Spencer’s English translation of Jens Malte Fischer’s Gustav Mahler (2010)
Purposeful singing is what concerns most composers most of their lives. Purposeful singing to me signifies that a composer has come into possession of musical materials of related orders of experience; given these, the composer’s problem then is to shape them coherently so that they are intelligible in themselves, and hence, communicable to an audience. — Aaron Copland, Music and Imagination