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SongStudio is a program for young vocalists under the leadership of world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming. Designed to renew and refresh the presentation and experience of the vocal recital, SongStudio brings leading musicians and other performing artists together to mentor emerging vocalists and collaborative pianists, exploring innovative approaches to both classic and current song repertoire, and inviting new audiences to engage with the art form.

In 2021, SongStudio will take place online in light of the ongoing effects of COVID-19. Further details about the SongStudio 2021 digital program will be announced in the coming months.

SongStudio 2020: Renée Fleming Master Class: Richard Strauss’s “Wie erkenn' ich mein Treulieb”
Acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming coaches soprano Anneliese Klenetsky and pianist Anna Smigelskaya on Richard Strauss’s “Wie erkenn' ich mein Treulieb” from Drei lied der Ophelia.

Application Guidelines

Young and emerging professional vocalists are invited to apply for SongStudio 2021. Up to eight vocalists will be invited to participate in a weeklong online workshop that will address not only the musical and technical demands of the song literature, but also give participants additional tools that draw on other disciplines and methods of engaging audiences to present this intimate art form in new and creative ways.


  • Application Available: July 24, 2020
  • Application Deadline: September 26, 2020
  • Recommendation Deadline: October 3, 2020
  • Invited Candidates Notified By: October 16, 2020
  • Program Duration: January 17–24, 2021

Application Requirements

Please note that you may apply as an individual vocalist or as a duo (vocalist and pianist) that wishes to participate in SongStudio together. For the 2021 virtual program, all invited vocalists will be expected to perform in person (locally) with a pianist in order to participate. Vocalists whose duo partner may not be available in January 2021 will be able to propose a different collaborative pianist.

If you are applying as a duo, audition recordings should feature both artists performing together.

Vocalists and Duos

In addition to a completed application form, all vocalists and duos are required to submit a current headshot(s), a one-page resume(s), two references, and audition videos. The audition videos (audio-only files are not accepted) should include unedited performances of three art songs, including one in English, one in German, and one in another language of your choice. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to submit a fourth song from outside of the traditional lied, chanson, and art-song repertoire. This could include a selection from the Great American Songbook, musical theater / cabaret, popular music, folk song, or world music.

To help the audition panel better understand your artistic perspective, all applicants are required to submit a full song repertoire list of works they have performed. The list should include works that you have studied/prepared and would, if requested in advance, be able to sing as part of your participation in SongStudio. Vocalists in a duo may include a separate list that reflects their individual repertoire, not just works the duo has performed/prepared together.

All materials must be submitted electronically through Acceptd, a service that provides a digital audition platform to many performing arts schools and programs. As part of the application, you will be asked to enter email addresses for your recommenders. They will receive a link to an online recommendation form after you submit your completed application. Please note that this email will be sent directly from Acceptd (not Carnegie Hall). Your references will have until October 3, 2020, to complete and submit their confidential recommendations.

Collaborative Pianists

Due to the shift to an online format for SongStudio 2021, we will not be accepting collaborative pianist applications for this session. Please check back for more information regarding SongStudio 2022 collaborative pianist application requirements.

Application Fee

We are waiving the application fee for SongStudio 2021 so that there is no cost to applicants, should any circumstances relating to COVID-19 prevent an artist from being able to participate in the workshop.


SongStudio is open to art-song vocalists ages 18–35.

Applications for SongStudio 2021 are now closed.

SongStudio is free for all participants.

Contact Us

Lead support for SongStudio is provided by Mr. and Mrs. Anthony B. Evnin and A.E. Charitable Foundation.

SongStudio is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.

Lead support for workshops and master classes is provided by Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Mr. and Mrs. Anthony B. Evnin and A.E. Charitable Foundation.

Workshops and master classes are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari.

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