Hundreds of singers audition around the United States and Canada for the opportunity to spend four weeks performing, coaching, and taking lessons with world-class composers, collaborative pianists, and coaches. Out of all the applicants, Songer was chosen not only to participate, but to be a Stern Fellow, one of only five participants named to this fellowship.
“Attending Songfest last year as a part of the professional program was a wonderful experience,” said Songer. “Last year I had the opportunity to work with some amazing composers and coaches, and I am excited to build on that experience this year when I return as a Stern Fellow.”
As a part of the Stern Fellow program at SongFest, Songer will have the opportunity to coach songs with the original composers, sing on masterclasses with composers and coaches, and take private vocal lessons.
“There is nothing in America today that even comes close to this program,” said SongFest faculty William Sharp. “The composers, pianists/collaborators and singers who are engaged at SongFest are truly unmatched in any similar program anywhere.”
Songer is slated to participate in a performance of “Love after 1950,” a song cycle by Libby Larsen which will be witnessed by the original composer. Songer will also appear as a soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s work “Songfest.”
Songer joined the faculty of Lee’s School of Music in 2009, where she teaches applied voice, conducting, and is the director of the women’s ensemble Ladies of Lee.
Songer has performed a range of musical styles over the years both solo and in ensembles. She has performed such pieces as Julius Caesar (Giulio Cesare), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Hayden Lord Nelson Mass, Faurè Requiem, Handel Foundling Hospital Anthem, and Handel’s Messiah with the Marion Philharmonic. Songer has also had the privilege of performing in Linyi, China at Linyi Normal University in 2007.
In addition to her vocal pursuits, Songer has been an active presenter at scholastic conferences, including the Mid-South Regional Conference in 2011, Great Lakes Regional Conference in 2009, National Conference in 2009, and New Educators Voice Symposium at Indiana University in 2009, along with several others.
Founded in 1996 by Rosemary Hyler Ritter, SongFest is a unique program that focuses on the art of song. Participants from all over the world, ranging in age from high school students to working professionals, gather each summer for an intense program to learn from experts in the field of classical art song.