Celebration of William Bolcom and Jane Kenyon

Please click Songs of William Bolcom, to hear videos and view programs from the SongFest at Colburn "Celebration of William Bolcom and Jane Kenyon" concert, a collaboration of SongFest and The Hampsong Foundation. This special project, which is part of the website of the Hampsong Foundation, links to information about composer William Bolcom, poet Jane Kenyon, and information about the individual songs included in this concert. Most importantly, you can also listen to selected videos from this concert, including Gettysburg: July 1, 1863 a new song by Mr. Bolcom commissioned by SongFest and underwritten by The Sorel Organization.

SongFest is immensely grateful to Sorel for their ongoing generous support for these important song commissions. The 2012 Sorel Fellow soprano Rachel Schutz can also be heard performing Bolcom's cycle "Briefly It Enters" on the website.

~ Rosemary Hyler Ritter, Founder/Artistic Director

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SongFest 2016 Commission

Love's Call by Shulamit Ran

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The American Pianist Association

APA's Christel De Haan Classical Fellow Award

5 Solo piano works

The Sorel Organization has granted the funding for the commissions for the American Pianist Association’s Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow Award. There will be a culmination of a year long competition for a prize valued at more than $100,000. Joel Harrison, President/CEO and artistic director of the APA says, "We decided to have a round of commissions using American women composers. We ask for the pieces to be 5-7 minutes in length and I have no restrictions and no limitations on compositional style."

The last contests’ composers were:


Judith Lang Zaimont


Lisa Bielawa

Margaret Brouwer

Gabriela Lena Frank

Missy Mazzoli

Sarah Kirkland Snider

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