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The Art Song Preservation Society of NY Pages

Founded in early May 2009, The Art Song Preservation Society of New York (ASPS) is dedicated to preserving and revitalizing the art song while simultaneously promoting the art song recital.

Through pragmatic monthly workshop discussions, lectures, master class series, concert and recital performances, competitions, outreach programs and education for singers, accompanists and the broader public, ASPS plans to ensure that New York’s classical singers, accompanists and art song enthusiasts always have access to performing and/or appreciating this area of classical vocal literature through the financial support of patrons and grants for the arts. ASPS also promotes the art song through showcasing the talents of a roster of singers who make up this unique art song company. ASPS will advance the art song by servicing three groups: 1) singers, teachers, accompanists, and performers; 2) composers and academic researchers and 3) non-singing enthusiasts and the public community. The organization is designed to help these groups explore and develop a sense of the rich repertoire by such great composers as Schubert, Strauss, Wolf, Faure, Duparc, Debussy, Purcell, Dowland, Britten, Barber, Duke, Rorem and many more including contemporary composers of the genre. Our organization gives emerging and established composers of the art song a place to make themselves known to their key public – singers, teachers, accompanists and enthusiasts! Since the text from an art song is derived from poetry, the fact that it is the unification of two art forms - the poetic text and music – makes it one of the greatest (albeit oftentimes most neglected) gifts in the realm of classical music. When the ideal proportions are met: the heartfelt piano accompaniment, the exquisite voice and the endearing poetry; one cannot help but be affected by it. It touches the mind. It touches the soul. It touches humanity.

ASPS now has over 100 enthusiastic active members since its inception in May 2009. Some member’s reaction to the formation of the group has been:

“You're filling a great niche in the classical world.” (Celeste, singer)
“I would like to get more familiar with Art song which is a gaping hole in my singing repertoire.” (Mitalee, singer)
“I'm a pianist and have been playing solo repertoire, chamber music, and opera repertoire for fun. This is a great opportunity to expand my horizons to art songs, which I enjoy but never get a chance to play.” (Simon, pianist)
“I am an opera singer and would love to have a place to meet others that love the art of singing. I think the relationship between the pianist and the singer while performing Art Songs can be very emotionally intimate”
(Cristie, singer)
"The depth and beauty that is created when scintillating poetry meets the most
sublime music is what true musicians aspire to: for others, it is a wonderful and
valid path to enlightenment and self-expression"
(David, singer)
"I read about this group in Classical Singer and knew immediately that I had to join you all. This past May I completed a Bachelor's degree in Music and have been feeling a hole in my life where art song performance and academic discussion once was!" (Kate, singer)

This is a refuge for emerging concert recitalists! “If Music Be The Food of Love, Sing on, Sing on, Sing on!”. So if you have a genuine interest in the fusion of word and tone, rhythm of language, and the quality and beauty of the human voice, come experience the exuberance and joy of art song singing. The Art Song Preservation Society of NY: Where music speaks and words sing! To learn more about ASPS you can visit our website at .

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