One of the priorities of the Tucson Desert Song Festival is to enhance the availability and accessibility of professional vocal music, particularly art song, for Tucsonans of all ages. We are focusing educational efforts in three areas:

  • A songwriting competition for Pima County students in grades K-12
  • Master classes, recitals and lectures to take place at the University of Arizona
  • Adult outreach programs at several communities in and around Tucson

The songwriting competition encourages students to combine their skills of the written word with those of music to compose original songs, and is offered for three levels: K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Finalists chosen by a panel of music educators will be invited to perform their compositions in a showcase recital at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in Holsclaw Hall at the University of Arizona. Cash awards will be given to the top two winners in each grade level and certificates of achievement will be given to all finalists.

Master classes offered by festival guest artists for selected university vocal students will be open to the public free of charge. As one of the festival’s founding arts organizations, the UA School of Music has graciously agreed to host these master classes along with several recitals and lectures during the festival.

The educational outreach program consists of preview concerts targeted to adult communities throughout Southern Arizona. The purpose is to increase the enjoyment and understanding of art song: the composers, the meaning behind each song, and the times in which it was written. Additionally, our objective is to spread the word about the Tucson Desert Song Festival’s range of events to increase individual and community support.

Should you desire to volunteer for any of these efforts or obtain information, please call our voice message service at 1-888-546-3305 and leave your contact information.

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