Art Song Project


Art songs are poetry set to music. They come from different eras, countries and languages; they comprise a world of song. The Art Song Project is an ongoing exploration of this world: singers hunt for, prepare and then perform their songs for the group. It’s like a book club for singers. Guest audience members are welcome at our casual performances.

In October we will look for songs by composers who are better known for opera.  November’s theme is The Sea. Each song in our February program will be about Trees or Forests, and in March we will choose French songs.  In addition we will have two Liederstube (Song Room) evenings that do not have themes so singers can present whatever songs they enjoy. 

Singers are welcome to come and sing any art song. 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 to be presented elsewhere.

Those who wish to sing will meet to rehearse with our collaborative pianist on the first scheduled date, and perform their pieces for the membership on the following date. (see dates below)

All meetings are at 7pm and will be at  Starr Center, 415 N. Church St.

Membership for the season is $40. (The funds go to provide for our pianist.)
To pay for your membership online, go to our online store HERE.
To register by mail, send your payment to the MPAC office (415 N Church St, Rockford, IL 61103).

Here is our schedule for 2020-2021:

Sept 15 Liederstube

Oct. 13 Rehearsal
Oct. 19 Art Songs by opera composers

Nov. 10 Rehearsal
Nov. 18 The Sea

The following dates are Wednesdays:

April 7 Rehearsal
April 14 Trees, Forests 

Apr.  28 Liederstube

May 5 Rehearsal
May 12 French songs

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