The Hampsong Foundation has formed a partnership with SongFest, a training program for young singers focusing on the art of classic song. Since 1996, SongFest founders Rosemary Hyler Ritter and John Steele Ritter have invited performers and teaching artists of the highest caliber to work with students and young professionals on the performance of song, especially American classic song. Through the Hampsong/SongFest collaboration, past materials from SongFest performances, including programs, program notes, video and audio recordings of world premiere works by some of the most acclaimed American composers today, are made available through the Song of America database as well as on the website of the Hampsong Foundation.
-link to SongFest on YouTube
-links to audio hosted exclusively on Song of America
If you accept the fact that words are somehow the symbols of people’s thoughts and identifications of their lives, and that music can perhaps echo memories and associations more distant than any immediate reality — then in song you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time. — Thomas Hampson