The Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival will feature 111 singers from across the state ranging from 12-year-olds to adults in a celebration of German music. Free public concerts will continue on Saturday at
"An art song is basically a poem set to music," festival founder/coordinator
The festival will bring
This marks the festival's fifth year. In 2008 it opened with 52 singers and 12 awards. Today it boasts 23 awards with
It all began when a donor approached Zander-Wall asking her if any of the city's arts organizations needed money. She said she didn't know any that couldn't use additional funding. The donor provided the seed money for a vocal competition.
"When I was a student, I knew the struggle American (voice) students go through in trying to get through school," Zander-Wall said.
At many vocal competitions, singers have to provide their own piano accompanist, she said.
"If you win, you get less than it cost to enter the competition."
Zander-Wall wants to educate both students and the community about the beauty of art songs.
If you go
WHAT: Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival
WHEN and WHERE:
HOW MUCH: Free. Visit vocalartistryartsong.com
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