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MARLA BROSE/JOURNAL Jennifer Perez, a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, performs an art song for Deanna Amend’s concert choir class at La Cueva High on March 10 in Albuquerque. Perez sang two art songs, accompanied by Martha Dalager, to promote the Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival April 24-26 in Albuquerque. An art song is poetry and music in a classical setting, explained Jacqueline Zander-Wall, founder and coordinator of the festival. An art song tells a story like an opera, but it’s only about two minutes, Dalager explained.

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Jennifer Perez, a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, performs an art song for Deanna Amend’s concert choir class at La Cueva High on March 10 in Albuquerque. Perez sang two art songs, accompanied by Martha Dalager, to promote the Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival April 24-26 in Albuquerque. An art song is poetry and music in a classical setting, explained Jacqueline Zander-Wall, founder and coordinator of the festival. An art song tells a story like an opera, but it’s only about two minutes, Dalager explained.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 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.

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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

Students from Deanna Amend’s concert choir class at La Cueva High, including Julia King, sitting front left, applaud Jennifer Perez, a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, and pianist Martha Dalager, after they performed art songs March 10.

Students from Deanna Amend’s concert choir class at La Cueva High, including Julia King, sitting front left, applaud Jennifer Perez, a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, and pianist Martha Dalager, after they performed art songs March 10.

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.

For more information including program details visit www.vocalartistryartsong.com or www.zander-wall.com.

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