Art of Song ProgramArt of Song-162

July 9-21, 2018

Applications for the 2018 Academy will open
on October 17, 2017.

This program, for a small cohort of eight singers and four pianists is devoted to the study and performance of Art Song.  During this two-week session, participants study with all faculty members, voice and piano, thus receiving advice from a variety of musical traditions and perspectives.  The session also offers detailed study of text, diction, and action coaching.  Our goal is to provide the selected Fellows the luxury of total immersion in Art Song in a community of artists from around the world.

Performance opportunities are paramount in the Art of Song Program and Fellows have the opportunity to perform in Private and Public Masterclasses as well as at ticketed Art Song reGeneration Concerts on the Toronto Summer Music Festival stage.

“The Toronto Summer Music Academy is on par with the best song programs in the world, providing nearly unparalleled access to the art form’s leading performers and experts.  It is a program that allows the singer to reconnect with their art and fall in love with music and poetry all over again.  The strength of the Art of Song program is the amount of one-on-one time allocated for each singer and pianist with the visiting artists.  Hardly anywhere else do you truly get to work in depth with such high calibre musicians for that length of time.”

– Mireille Asselin, soprano (2012 TSM Academy Fellow)


How to Apply

Applications for the 2018 Art of Song Program will open on October 17, 2018.

Materials Required

  1. One‐page biography (If applying as a pre-formed ensemble, please also include short bios of each group member).
  2. Photograph (Colour)
  3. One-page list of current repertoire
  4. Listing of works that the individual wishes to be coached on and/or perform at Toronto Summer Music (these works must be Art Song).
  5. Non-refundable application fee of $75 (plus HST) for individuals  or $100 (plus HST) for pre-formed duos/ensembles
  6. Digital Video Recordings should be 10-15 minutes long and include 3 Art Songs in contrasting style and character. (see Audition Recording Requirements below)

Audition Requirements

  1. Digital video only, submitted as a youtube link. Please ensure your video is marked either public or unlisted (only available to those you share it with) so the audition panel is able to view it.
  2. The digital video recording should include a minimum of two works or excerpts from works in contrasting style and character
  3. The repertoire does not have to be the same as that to be proposed for performance in the Academy program
  4. The recording submitted by ensembles must be of the ensemble
  5. The recording submitted by individual artists must be a solo recording with piano accompaniment. Pianists should submit videos performing in a collaborative role with a singer.
  6. The applicant must include a document listing the name of the ensemble or individual, date and location of the recording, and works performed with timings
  7. Recordings are the primary adjudication tool and should be of the highest possible audio quality
  8. Each movement must be completed in one take with no editing

*Returning Participants: Please note that participation in the Art of Song program is limited to two (2) times. i.e.applicants who have participated as Fellows in two (2) sessions are not invited to reapply.

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