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  • May 29, 2012

    Margaret Ruthven Lang Anniversary

    By Donald George & Lucy Mauro

    May 29, 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Margaret Ruthven Lang. If you have never heard of Margaret Ruthven Lang, you are not alone. This forgotten American woman, born in Boston in 1867 and who lived until 1972, spent the first 50 years of her life surrounded by prominent musicians , poets and painters of the day and indeed becoming one of the most highly regarded female composers of her time, the first American woman to have a major orchestra perform her compositions in 1893, and to publish some 150 works, performed by great artists throughout the US and Europe, only to spend the next 50 years of her life in anonymity, never to compose again or hardly even to mention it.

  • January 26, 2012

    Hampsong / SongFest Collaboration

    By Christie Finn

    The Hampsong Foundation announces a new collaboration with SongFest, a training program for singers focusing on the art of classic song. Since 1996, SongFest founders Rosemary Hyler Ritter and John Steele Ritter have invited composers and teaching artists of the highest caliber to work with students and young professionals on the performance of song, especially American classic song. Through the Hampsong/SongFest collaboration, past materials from SongFest performances, including video and audio recordings of world premiere works by some of the most acclaimed American composers today, will be made available through the Song of America database as well as on the soon-to-be-launched new website of the Hampsong Foundation ( Click on "More" to learn more about SongFest.

  • January 5, 2012

    Setting the Historical Record With Song

    By Pia Catton (Wall Street Journal)

    Learning American history by listening to music may sound like a short cut, but when the teacher is opera star Thomas Hampson, it's more of a highbrow leg-up.

    Mr. Hampson, the 56-year-old baritone from Spokane, Wash., is internationally known for his interpretations of Mahler and Verdi. But he's also a longtime advocate of American song: His Hampsong Foundation, established in 2003, undertakes projects that support the art of song, commissioning composers, funding research, hosting seminars and classes, and launching new-media initiatives.

  • December 13, 2011

    Song of America Radio Series Takes Off

    By Christopher Dingstad

    Thomas Hampson’s Song of America project reached a new high this fall with the introduction of a 13-week Song of America radio series. While many stations began airing the series in the fall, it will also be heard on many additional stations starting in 2012, including WQXR 105.9 FM in New York, which will broadcast the programs on Sundays at 9 pm, starting on January 8. The series will also be offered to members of the European Broadcasting Union. A list of stations and translators is found here.

  • October 2, 2011

    "New" song by Amy Beach discovered

    By University of Washington Music LIbrary

    A summer project to catalogue a collection of manuscripts donated to the University of Washington Music Library turned up a manuscript of "Birth," a previously unpublished song by Amy Beach. The song was premiered at a student recital in the spring of 2011.

  • August 1, 2011

    Song of America Radio Series

    By Glenn Petry, 21C Media

    Thomas Hampson continues his impassioned advocacy for American song with the introduction this October of “Song of America”, a 13-week radio series that reveals American classic song – poetry set to music by American composers – as a vibrant diary of the American experience. Hampson conceived and developed the series, which is co-produced by the Hampsong Foundation and the WFMT Radio Network of Chicago and will be syndicated by the network to public radio stations across the country. The network will also offer the series to members of the European Broadcasting Union and to stations in other countries around the world.

  • June 2, 2011

    Interview with Thomas Hampson

    By MusicWeb

    Thomas Hampson discusses his thoughts on American art song, in addition to his upcoming projects in the operatic world.

  • May 2, 2011

    Songs of America, With Beauty and Gusto

    By New York Times

    In his series of six “American Songbooks,” which surround skeletons of melodies from hymns, folk songs and spirituals with shimmering, hallucinatory percussion effects, the great composer George Crumb finds a way out of this limiting paradigm [of the folk song], conjuring the horrors — slavery, religious rigidity, war — that resulted in much of the beauty of American music without ignoring the reality of that beauty.

  • February 1, 2011

    American Song in High Tech Master Class

    By Christopher Dingstad

    On Feb. 14, 2011, from 4-6pm EST, the renowned American baritone and Manhattan School of Music Distinguished Visiting Artist, Thomas Hampson, returns to the school to coach hand-selected voice students on pieces from the American songbook. The event will be presented before a live audience at the school and simultaneously streamed to a virtual global audience through Manhattan School of Music's website and Thomas Hampson's and MSM's own Android, iPhone and Smartphone apps.

  • January 12, 2011

    Songs of Margaret Ruthven Lang

    By Delos

    In preparing to promote Delos’ January release Love is Everywhere, we asked pianist Lucy Mauro and tenor Donald George to reflect a bit on why they decided to record the songs of female American composer Margaret Ruthven Lang. They provided so many anecdotes and such rich, historical information that we decided that we must share it all with you. After reading, let us know what you find most interesting about Ms. Lang, the first woman to have had her music performed by a major American orchestra (Boston).

  • November 10, 2010

    American Song on Performance Today

    By Jeff Bina

    On Thursday, November 11th, Performance Today will broadcast a Thomas Hampson performance from the 2009 Minnesota Beethoven Festival of the Aaron Copland's song "The Golden Willow Tree" (with Craig Rutenberg at the piano). American Public Media's Performance Today is broadcast on 260 public radio stations across the country and is heard by about 1.3 million people each week. Each station individually decides what time to air the program. To find out where and when Performance Today is broadcast in your area, please visit

  • April 9, 2010

    Oral History of American Music

    By Christie Finn

    Last night, the Oral History of American Music (OHAM) celebrated its 40th Anniversary at Carnegie Hall with a tribute to director Vivian Perlis. The concert included works by Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Steve Reich, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Jacob Druckman, John Cage, and some of the jazz greats. Live performances from current Yale School of Music students as well as alumni were interspersed with video footage (from the OHAM archives) of the composers discussing their works and, in John Cage's case, searching for mushrooms.

  • March 9, 2010

    Samuel Barber at Library of Congress

    By Library of Congress

    On March 9, 2010, what would have been Samuel Barber's 100th birthday, the Library of Congress launched a new web page featuring information on Barber, including links to manuscripts, letters and a video clip. The Library of Congress is the preeminent repository for manuscripts by American composer Barber.

  • November 18, 2009

    ASCAP/Lehmann Art Song Winners Announced

    By newmusicbox

    The winners of the third ASCAP/Lotte Lehmann Foundation Art Song Competition have been announced. The competition, named for legendary soprano Lotte Lehmann, was established to encourage and recognize gifted young composers who write for voice. The three winning composers, who are all of American origin, will receive commissions to write song cycles through the Foundation.

  • November 15, 2009

    Thomas Hampson Endowment for Research

    By C. Dingstad

    The Thomas Hampson Endowment was established in November 2009 by Mr. Hampson in honor of the American Musicological Society's OPUS Campaign and by the AMS in recognition of Hampson’s outstanding contributions to the field of music as a performer, teacher, and scholar. The purpose of the endowment is to foster editions and scholarship on song in all its contexts, as well as new and innovative technologies for promoting and understanding song via interactive media and the Internet. Guidelines for application to the endowment are currently in preparation. The first award is expected to be made in November 2010. For more information, please go to the AMS website.


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