The faculty at SongFest were really knowledgeable, each with their own diverse repertoire, says Chen. SongFest invited teachers from the States, and also from London, providing us with a range of perspectives on art song. We had many performing opportunities, including daily master classes and formal performances. I loved how well-respected I felt as a pianist too, which doesnt always happen at music festivals.
My favorite part of SongFest was how absolutely freely and happily the exchange of knowledge and passion for art song flowed between composers and performers, masters and students, legends and aspiring talents, and singers and pianists of all walks of life, says Colletti. The confluence of minds at this festival was absolutely incredible.