The Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to join with the Eastern New York Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (ENY/NATS) for their annual Art Song Festival on October 20-22, 2017. The festival champions the study and performance of the classical art song with particular focus this year on the Spanish repertoire. All events will take place in the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus.

This non-competitive festival gives high school, young adult and adult non-professional singers an opportunity to explore, coach and perform new repertoire while being evaluated by local NATS members. They will also participate in musical coaching sessions with Capital Region collaborative pianists Michael Clement and Noah Palmer and a dramatic master class with Chicago-based stage director Elizabeth Margolius.   

Michael Clement has served as the Music Director for Opera Excelsior and as staff accompanist for Skidmore College and the College of St. Rose.  He is Minister of Music at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Albany as well as pianist for both the Mendelssohn Club of Albany and Opera Saratoga.  In addition to his performance activities, he enjoys teaching many talented students in his Niskayuna studio. 

Conductor and pianist Noah Palmer is the Artistic Director of the Northern Berkshire Chorale in Williamstown, Massachusetts and accompanist for Albany Pro Musica, the Capital Region’s leading choral ensemble. He is also Assistant Conductor for the Broad St Chorale and Orchestra in Kinderhook.

Elizabeth Margolius is a stage director with a primary focus in developing and directing new and rarely produced musical theatre, operetta and opera. She has worked with theatres and universities in various capacities throughout the country, including the Santa Fe Opera, Florida Studio Theatre, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, New York’s Encompass New Opera Theatre, Millikin University, University of Northern Iowa and University of Nebraska.

The festival will culminate in performances on Sunday, October 22 at 1pm & 4:30pm.  These concerts are free and open to the public.  For further information, contact the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (518) 442-3997.