An important and continuing goal of the Tucson Desert Song Festival Board of Directors is to offer Tucsonans of all ages the opportunity to hear professional vocal music, particularly art song. A variety of outreach programs has been created to engage, educate and hopefully inspire the community.
The Fred Fox School of Music of the University of Arizona has been an important partner since the beginning of the festival. Its faculty are active participants, and the school provides a venue for master classes, recitals and lectures during the festival.
The education component of the festival focuses on three areas:
Master classes, recitals and lectures
University vocal students are given the opportunity to perform for world-class guest artists and the public is cordially invited to attend these master classes. Several master classes are scheduled during each festival. Jamie Barton and Amber Wagner will conduct one class at noon on Friday, Jan. 22 in Crowder Hall. Sasha Cook and Richard Cox will give a master class of their own at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Tucson Symphony Center.
For 2016, UA voice professor Dr. Kristin Dauphinais will conduct two lecture recitals. The first, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21, is titled Art Song: Demystifying a Genre. She will host a second, New Directions in Art Song, on Wednesday, Jan. 27. University voice students will be the performers. A new event this year will be a concert by voice faculty members Kristin Dauphinais, Andrew Stuckey and Hugo Vera on Jan. 28. Paula Fan will be the accompanist. More information can be found under Events.
TThe K-12 Songwriting Competition is designed to encourage Southern Arizona students to combine art of lyric writing with music composition as they create original songs. Compositions submitted are judged by a panel of experienced educators and musicians, who select finalists for each age category. Finalists then compete for cash prizes and scholarship opportunities during the Showcase Recital
in the University of Arizona’s Holsclaw Hall on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. Click here for more information about the K-12 Songwriting Competition and instructions for applicants; applications for the 2018 Showcase are due by November 27, 2017.
Adult outreach programs
Adult outreach programs take place in and around Tucson. They are a series of preview concerts intended to educate adults in the history and tradition of art song, increase the enjoyment of this unique music form and enhance community awareness and support of the Tucson Desert Song Festival. The venues include adult living communities, country clubs, churches and private homes. The artists for these concerts are talented graduate students from the UA Fred Fox School of Music.
A new educational program is being introduced this year: A series of informative essays coupled with audiovisual examples will be featured periodically on the Tucson Desert Song Festival website.
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