The Hampsong Foundation has joined with the Star Spangled Music Foundation, with resources located at http://starspangledmusic.org/, to celebrate the bicentennial of America’s national anthem in 2014. In addition to promoting the mission and activities of the Star Spangled Music Foundation, Thomas Hampson, founder and director of the Hampsong Foundation, will directly participate in the Teacher’s Institute “Banner Moments: The National Anthem in American Life” held by the Star Spangled Music Foundation from June 30-July 25, 2014.
The Star Spangled Music Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, has built a broad network of organizations (ensembles, museums, cultural organizations, foundations, etc.) to share news of activities related to American music and especially to create, test, revise and share educational materials for use during the bicentennial of the U.S. national anthem—”The Star-Spangled Banner.” Please visit the StarSpangledMusic.org website for more information.
Mark Clague, Ph.D.
Musicologist, University of Michigan
Director, U-M American Music Institute
Susan Key, Ph.D.
Musicologist, Napa California
BELOW: Watch Thomas Hampson’s recital “Poets and Patriotism: The 200th Birthday of the Star-Spangled Banner”
from July 3, 2014 at the Library of Congress:
View recital program here!
Read about Thomas Hampson’s visit with the teachers of the Banner Moments Summer Institute, and view photos and videos here as well!
For the Summer Teachers Institute “Banner Moments: The National Anthem in American Life,” bringing scholars and performers together with thirty K-12 teachers. (Aug. 5, 2013)
In addition to the Hampsong Foundation,
partners in the Star Spangled Music network include:
-A+ Schools Network
-American Choral Directors Association
-American Music Institute—University of Michigan
-William L. Clements Library—University of Michigan
-Colonial Music Institute
-Library of Congress
-Michigan Marching Band
-Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Laura Jackson—Music Director
-University of Michigan Libraries
-O Say Can You Hear: A Music History of America’s Anthem (by Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Music History and American Culture at the University of Michigan and Director of the School’s American Music Institute)
-Smithsonian Star-Spangled Banner Website
Why do they shut Me out of Heaven? — Emily Dickinson, Poem 248
Did I sing too loud?
But I can say a little “Minor”
Timid as a Bird!
Wouldn’t the Angels try me
Just once more
Just see if I troubled them
But don’t shut the door!
Oh, if I were the Gentleman
In the “White Robe”
And they were the little Hand that knocked
Would I forbid?
Why do they shut Me out of Heaven?
Did I sing too loud?