Master Classes & Lectures

Discover American song through media examples of master classes and lectures. In the music profession, a master class provides students a chance to perform a piece of music for a professional and often highly-regarded performer in the field. If you have any media of master classes or lectures that deal directly with American song, please send them to [email protected]!

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  • June 14, 2016

    'Song of America': Beyond the Song

    An event of the Hampsong Foundation, in collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Adler Fellowship Program of the San Francisco Opera, this public conversation included a conversation between baritone Thomas Hampson and California State Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, focusing on the topic of American song of all forms and its unique position to tell the history of American culture. Live song performances, including musical settings of Mr. Gioia's poetry and the poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, followed the conversation.
  • December 12, 2015

    'Song of America' Media Event

    On Saturday, December 12, 2015, the Hampsong Foundation, in collaboration with the WFMT Radio Network, and The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, hosted a special event called Song of America in the Classroom: A Media Event, promoting and advocating for the Song of America Curriculum Initiative.

    A special aspect of this event was a live performance of American songs by three young artists from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago: mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen, tenor Jonathan Johnson, and bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba, with Craig Terry at the piano. The performances lead to individual conversations between Thomas Hampson and the artists about the world of that particular song, and it’s importance in telling the history of American culture.

    The entire event was live-streamed online and is now archived on the Hampsong Foundation website.
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