Expired I, Too, Sing America with Michael Harper

  •  October 24, 2014 - October 26, 2014
     6:00 pm - 4:00 pm

I, Too, Sing America: American Art Song, Spirituals and Operatic Arias

Michael Harper
Friday 24 – Sunday 26 October 2014
Accompanist: Paul Knight
Course No. 3114
Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Fee: £200
Solo Study Course

Some of the most exciting and fresh repertoire in the 20th and 21st centuries – Art songs, spirituals and operatic operas – were written by American composers. Explore the works of well-known composers such as Barber, Copland, Bernstein and Charles Ives alongside lesser known composers – H.T. Burleigh, William Grant Still, Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Amy Beach, Lee Hoiby, Gian Carlo Menotti, Ned Rorem, Jake Heggie, H. Leslie Adams and many others.

Please prepare at least 3 – 4 American art songs (you may also prepare an operatic aria or spiritual). We will work on technique, interpretation and presentation of this unique area of the repertoire. If you would like help finding songs, suggestions can be offered.


All courses are held at Jackdaws in the village of Great Elm, a small village to the west of Frome in Somerset, roughly 30 minutes drive from Bath. Frome Train station is roughly 2.5 miles from Jackdaws with direct trains from Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and London.

A £50 deposit is required to guarantee your place on a course. The total course fee is inclusive of all meals and tuition except breakfast, which is included in the separate B&B price. Please let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking and we will be happy to accommodate. Meals are lovingly prepared on site by our cooks using fresh, local ingredients where possible.

B&B rooms are located in friendly family homes and are either within walking distance or a short drive away (5 – 10 minutes). Breakfast is the only meal served at the accommodation; all other meals are provided on site at Jackdaws.

If you like this course, try Singing Ensembles with William Carslake and Jessica Walker

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