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.
The first black guest to play with the Chicago Symphony, Margaret Bonds was an accomplished pianist as well as composer and teacher.
Photo: Margaret Bonds, photograph by Carl van Vechten, 1956 More
Edna St. Vincent Millay, American poet and playwright, was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. More
On February 5, 2014, the Library of Congress launched "Songs of America", a web presentation which brings forward 80,000 digitized, curated items including maps, recordings, videos, sheet music, essays, biographies, curator talks and more to explore America’s history through the prism of song.
The free online presentation lets visitors explore American history as documented in the work of some of our country's greatest composers, poets, scholars and performers. The searchable artifacts in the presentation are part of the Library of Congress' unprecedented collection.
The Hampsong Foundation deeply supports the efforts of the Library of Congress, and is grateful to the institution for having created a presentation facilitating access to the priceless artifacts. The Hampsong Foundation will continue its mutual efforts with the Library of Congress to bring classic art song of America into a larger cultural context to tell the story of America and Americans. More
The Hampsong Foundation has joined with the Star Spangled Music Foundation, with resources located at http://starspangledmusic.org/, to celebrate the bicentennial of America’s national anthem in 2014.
In addition to promoting the mission and activities of the Star Spangled Music Foundation, the Hampsong Foundation will directly participate in the Teacher’s Institute “Banner Moments: The National Anthem in American Life” that will be held by the Star Spangled Music Foundation in the summer of 2014. Baritone Thomas Hampson will perform a recital of songs that help tell the story of "The Star-Spangled Banner." The recital will be held at the Library of Congress on July 3, 2014.
The Star Spangled Music Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, is building a broad network of organizations (ensembles, museums, cultural organizations, foundations, etc.) to share news of activities related to American music and especially to create, test, revise and share educational materials for use during the bicentennial of the U.S. national anthem—”The Star-Spangled Banner.” Please visit the StarSpangledMusic.org website for more information. More
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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.
Featured BookA New Anthology of Art Songs By Contemporary African American Composers By Margaret R. Simmons and Jeanine Wagner
Featured ESSAYW.E.B. Du Bois By Hampson & Verdino-Süllwold
- Master Classes & Lectures Learn more about American song by watching and listening to master classes and lectures about American song. View Media
- Interviews & Programs Explore American song with experts in the field while listening to excerpts and entire programs in this section of the Media Room. View Media