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
But for the opera I could never have written Leaves of Grass. […] My younger life was so saturated with the emotions, raptures, uplifts, of such musical experiences that it would be surprising indeed if all my future work had not been covered by them. A real musician running through Leaves of Grass – a philosopher musician – could put his finger on this and that anywhere in the text no doubt as indicating the activity of the influences I have spoken of. — Walt Whitman, With Walt Whitman in Camden