American Song Institute
(Sept. 2022)


A Special Event of the U-M Classic Song Research Initiative,

a partnership between the School of Music, Theatre & Dance

and the Hampsong Foundation

with the Singing Justice Humanities Collaboratory and the SMTD Voice Department

This four-day American Song Institute explores song by American composers through performance, research, and public engagement. Baritone Thomas Hampson serves as artistic director and clinician of the American Song Institute. A special focus will be the institute’s Fellows—a select group of eight young classical singers and two collaborative pianists (Vocal Fellows and Collaborative Piano Fellows). Each are current SMTD students at the University of Michigan. They will take part in an intensive and immersive experience of lessons, discussions, master classes, and a public performance with Mr. Hampson. An additional master class will feature eight undergraduate voice majors.

Members of the University of Michigan faculty from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance as well as the College of Literature, Science and the Arts will join Hampson as part of this Institute. Two panel discussions will focus on expanding the canon of American classic song and on the role of music and song in the understanding of American History. The Singing Justice Humanities Collaboratory will present an interactive recital, exploring the meanings and social impact of Black American song.

Through morning warm-ups, lessons, and masterclasses, as well as panel discussions, lectures, and other events covering a wide range of topics in American arts and letters, all participants will emerge with a deeper knowledge of American classic song repertoire. Student participants will be better prepared to lead the future of American song performance in the concert hall.

The institute will conclude with a recital featuring the Fellows, Mr. Hampson, and Professor Martin Katz at 8 pm Eastern, Saturday, September 10 in Stamps Auditorium on North Campus.

All public events are open to members of the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor community free of charge. Some public events will be streamed live internationally.

Live-Stream Event Information

Due to technical problems, the live-stream event on Wednesday and (partially) on Thursday were not streamed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Reconsidering the Canon and Pedagogy of American Classic Song (Roundtable)
8-9:30pm (EDT)
McIntosh Theatre stream

Song as Social Justice: The Problem and Potential of Music for American History
(Panel Discussion)
Arthur Miller Theatre stream

Masterclass with Thomas Hampson
7:30-10pm (EDT)
Britton Recital Hall stream

Masterclasses with Thomas Hampson
1:30-4:30pm (EDT) & 5-6:30pm (EDT)
Britton Recital Hall stream

PROGRAM (1:30-4:30pm Class)

PROGRAM (5-6:30pm Class)

Masterclass with Thomas Hampson
1-3:30pm (EDT)
Britton Recital Hall stream

PROGRAM (1-3:30pm Class)

Singing Justice: An Interactive Recital
4-5:30pm (EDT)
Britton Recital Hall stream
Includes the world premiere of a new song cycle by Jerrell R. Gray

PROGRAM (Singing Justice: An Interactive Recital)

Recital: Thomas Hampson and Hampsong Voice Fellows, with Martin Katz (piano)
8-9:30pm (EDT)
Stamps Auditorium stream

PROGRAM (Recital)

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University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, & Dance

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Classic Song Research Initiative