We invite all lovers of song to explore connections between poetry and music, between history and culture, through the work of American composers and poets. Song of America is a database resource where you can listen to songs, learn more about them, read their lyrics, find scores, and link to relevant Web sites. For the most updated information about the Song of America radio series, click here: Song of America Radio Series.
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  • 'Song of America' Educator Workshop on Dec. 5, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan

    The internationally renowned operatic baritone Thomas Hampson explores the power of classic American songs as the gateway for a richer knowledge of the cultures, languages, peoples, and events that have shaped American life.

    The workshop will include a full complement of activities: sessions exploring both content and pedagogical strategies, a conversation with Hampson about his passion for telling the story of history and culture through classic song, and a special live performance focusing on songs related to the material covered in the workshop. The live performance will be a video conference between the University of Michigan and Manhattan School of Music, and will be available online via live-stream to view around the world.

    This workshop is ideal for Language Arts, History, Social Studies, and Performing Arts teachers.
  • 'Song of America' in the Classroom: A Media Event on Dec. 12 in Chicago, Illinois

    On Saturday, December 12, 2015, from 11am-3pm, the Hampsong Foundation, in collaboration with WFMT Radio Network, the Ryan Opera Center, and WTTW, will host a special event called Song of America in the Classroom: A Media Event, promoting and advocating for the Song of America Curriculum Initiative through discussion of classic song–poetry set to music–as a tool to teach the arts and humanities, especially American history and literature. This event will also highlight the Hampsong Foundation’s multifaceted work to further this agenda through technology and new media.

    A special aspect of this event is a live performance of American songs by three young artists from the Ryan Opera Center; the performances will lead to individual conversations between Thomas Hampson and the artists about the world of each particular song, and it’s importance in telling the history of American culture. The entire event will be live-streamed online so that you can watch live from anywhere in the world! Video of the event will later be archived on the Hampsong Foundation website.

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ABOUT THIS SITE Our goal is to build and curate a comprehensive archive of American song that tells the story of our culture and nation, through the eyes of our poets and the ears of our composers. Launched in November 2009, Song of America.net is a project of the Hampsong Foundation.
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