Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Luminaries in the Landscape of American Art Song: Winners and Works of the 2018 Nats Art Song Competition

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Luminaries in the Landscape of American Art Song: Winners and Works of the 2018 Nats Art Song Competition

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The American art song genre is a flourishing one, perhaps most so in the Western music world, and there is no greater evidence for this than the honor bestowed on the genre by the National Association of Teachers of Singing Art Song Competition. Once a biennial event, it is now an annual competition, thanks in large part to the generosity, support, and encouragement of American composer Lori Laitman, and is meant "to stimulate the creation of quality vocal literature through the cooperation of singer and composer." The competition has been in place since 1983, and requires submissions of "a song cycle, group of songs, or extended single song of approximately 20 minutes... for single voice and piano ... to a text written in English, for which the composer has secured copyright clearance." Each year, the winning piece is performed at the NATS national conference immediately following the competition. The performance of this year's first place winning song cycle was held in June, 2018, at the 55th NATS conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Illustrious names in the field of American art song serve as judges, and some of the finest singers in our field perform the entries included in the final round. In addition to the songs reviewed in this issue's column, the following works and composers were also chosen as finalists; Whispers of Heavenly Death, Scott Perkins; The Heart of the World, Jodi Goble; Songs for the Child, John Villar; Songs of Death and Taxes, Patrick Wickham; О Magnet South, Kevin Garnica; and The Death Gate, David Lancaster. …

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