Art Song Project


Art songs are poetry set to music. They come from different eras, countries and languages, and comprise a world of song. The Art Song Project is an ongoing exploration of this world: singers hunt for, prepare and bring in songs to share with the group. It’s like a book club for singers.

Our search will begin in October with a program of songs about spooky or mysterious things. Songs on the November program will mention an animal. In March we select one or two songs that belong to a song cycle, that is, songs composed as a group and intended to be performed together. In May, we will look for songs that describe something that is heard, seen, tasted, felt, or smelled.

Singers are welcome to come and sing any art song they enjoy. Themes for each program are only a suggestion. Memorization is not required. If help is needed finding a song, we have lots of resources to offer.

The Art Song Project is also a place to practice performing a solo that will be presented elsewhere.

Those who wish to sing will meet with our collaborative pianist on the first scheduled Tuesday, and perform their pieces for the membership on the second Tuesday.

All meetings are at 7pm. Programs will be at Emerson House, 420 North Main Street.

Membership for the season is $40. (The funds go to provide for our pianist.) Register online HERE.

Here is our schedule for 2018-2019:

Oct. 16 Rehearsal
Oct. 23 Spooks, Spirits and the Macabre

Nov. 13 Rehearsal
Nov. 20 Animals.

Feb. 26 Rehearsal
Mar. 5 Selections from Song Cycles

May 7 Rehearsal
May 15 The Senses

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