The Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival, now in its sixth year, will be April 24-26 in the music building at Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd NE.
The program – sponsored through the Music Teachers National Association and the Albuquerque Music Teachers Association – encourages the study of Art Song for students of singing.
An art song is a vocal composition generally written for one voice with piano accompaniment, and usually in the classical tradition.
More than 100 singers are expected for the weekend event. There are more than $7,000 in scholarships and other prizes given from musicians, mentors and patrons of the arts.
The application deadline for singers to perform in the festival is April 1.
With the help of a federal grant, organizers bring in faculty from all over the world to deliver performances and
teach special master classes to students.
The faculty this year includes: Amy Jarman from the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University; Allison Voth from Boston University, School for the Arts; and Jason Vest from Northern Kentucky University.
Metropolitan Soprano Ellen Shade and Roger Melone, conductor of the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus will be judging the Music Education, Choral Division.
The Albuquerque Boy Choir will be entertaining during lunchtime on April 25. The Albuquerque Youth Symphony Chorus will be singing during the Final Awards Concert on April 26 at 2 p.m.