To stimulate and develop audience awareness of Art Song
To create opportunities for professional singers and accompanists to perform high quality music
To give opportunities to young aspiring and developing singers and accompanists to perform in an informal, friendly and non-competitive environment
To provide opportunities for visiting international, interstate and local artists to address the association in performance, lectures, master classes and workshops
To enhance the musical life of N.S.W. by touring N.S.W. country areas
To raise funds for grants and scholarships to help emerging singers and accompanists to develop their craft
To encourage and give platform to Australian composers and poets of Art Songs
Message from the Artistic Director
ARTSONG NSW was founded to provide artists and audiences opportunities to perform, hear, experience and enjoy the vast repertoire of the art song genre. An art song is a self-contained composition for voice and instrument, usually the piano, where music, text, singer and accompanist are of equal importance
ARTSONG NSW is a not-for-profit, self-funding organisation, striving to provide the best showcase for professional artists, and, through concerts and masterclasses, give opportunities to young emerging performers and are committed to raising funds for scholarships to help young singers on their path to a career on the concert platform.
ARTSONG NSW's 2012 concert program promises to be another exciting year of high quality vocal recitals. There will be four main recitals, each quite different in format. "A French Soirée" will be a program of songs by Duparc, Chausson and the wonderful song cycle "LES NUITS D'ÉTÉ" sung by two of Australia's brightest young singers, Naomi Johns (sop) and Margaret Plummer (mezzo), and accompanied by two distinguised pianists, David Harper (from the UK) and Louise Scott. ARTSONG Cabaret will have the audience sitting round tables enjoying light refreshments between brackets of traditional and contemporary art songs in a very relaxed and informal atmosphere. Versatile soprano Maria Okunev, pianist Tahu Matheson and the Mariana Ensemble will have a program that is sure to appeal to everyone.
After last year's successful "Winterreise", ARTSONG NSW continues its Schubert series with "Die Schöne Müllerin" and the use of surtitles and images. We are very fortunate to have the wonderful young Australian (now based in Europe) tenor, Andrew Goodwin, to bring this monumental cycle to the concert platform, accompanied by Daniel de Borah. ARTSONG & Shakespeare will combine sung Shakespeare text used by many composers from early times to present day with narrative. Several young and talented singers and actors will give us a program from comedy to tragedy that will have us laughing and crying.
As ARTSONG NSW enters its fourth year we continue to uphold our mission statement and objectives. We are committed to raising funds to promote the art song genre and especially in helping young singers reach their full potential in the art of song recital. All donations and raffle money raised goes towards sponsoring singers through the City of Sydney Cultural Council (McDonalds Challenge) in cash prizes and the opportunity to sing in an ARTSONG NSW concert. There are plans to increase our Scholarship fund substantially over the next few years. Please help us support this very important objective in our musical cultural life in Sydney and be rewarded by concerts of the highest quality. Our concerts are always accompanied by light refreshments and a time to socialize and meet the artists afterwards — all part of the ARTSONG experience!
Amanda Thane OAM
Amanda Thane OAM, President and Founder of ARTSONG NSW, passed away on 1 September 2012. We will miss her energy and vision. ARTSONG NSW's activities will continue just as they have in the past. We hope to see you at our future concerts.