Song is a metaphor of the imagination; it is poetic thought encapsulated in music. Poetry is driven by the basic instinct to tell the story of existence. Thomas Hampson
The Hampsong Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding through the art of classic song.
“Art is not just entertainment; it holds up a mirror to our souls.” Thomas Hampson
The Hampsong Foundation endeavors to take full advantage of innovations in technology to enhance educational possibilities.

Our Mission

Founded in 2003 by American baritone Thomas Hampson, the Hampsong Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which promotes intercultural dialogue and understanding through the art of classic song—poetry set to music.

Through a series of dedicated Song Projects and in collaboration with key academic and cultural partners, the Hampsong Foundation has created diverse platforms for the study and proliferation of the art of classic song—poetry set to music—from around the world to deepen the communication and understanding among (and within) cultures through their poetry and music.

We share our findings with the public—and especially students and educators—through workshops, seminars, master classes, recordings and new media. Through this website,, and its sister website,, we provide rich interactive resources and meeting places for educators, students, singers, and lovers of song.

The Hampsong Foundation website is first and foremost a repository for high quality digital multimedia materials connecting classic song with history and culture; this website is available in full, for free, to all visitors.

From the archives of select Salzburg Festival projects, to projects devoted entirely to the songs of Mahler and Schubert, to the expansive Song of America project, the site includes full concert programs, song texts and translations, essays, educational materials, radio programs, historic images, and selected audio recordings and videos.

You can watch vocal and instrumental master classes, listen to interviews and lectures, experience special events from your own computer—and so much more!


Heidelberg Lied Academy

Song: Mirror of the World Radio Series

Song of America for Educators

Song Texts & Translations

Singers on Singing: Great Artists in Conversation

Gustav Mahler

All Projects



Singers on Singing:
Singing Berlioz


Schubert Week in Berlin
(Jan. 25-26, 2019)


Singers on Singing:
José van Dam discusses Massenet’s Don Quichotte


Heidelberg Master Classes
(April 6-9, 2018)


Singers on Singing: Renata Scotto discusses Madama Butterfly


Des Knaben Wunderhorn Texts and Translations

All Resources

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