Help Amber go to SongFest 2014
Organized by: Amber Marsh
This summer I have been invited to participate in SongFest in Los Angeles.
SongFest has been most kind in giving me a large scholarship, but this only covers part of my tuition. I will still be responsible for parking, gas, meals, and the rest of my tuition. I am a commuter student, so I'll be coming in from home. But I am in need of some kind donations from you.
I am a full-time student at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, I am working on setting up another internship at Los Angeles Opera, and am now in a production of Les Mamelles de Tirésias with Opera Parallel. I have also been dog walking to make a little extra money.
I have been performing all of my life and owe it all to my teacher, friends and family, especially my parents. Without their support, I couldn't have achieved all that I have in realizing my dreams and pursuing my goals. As I gain technique, am accepted to such wonderful programs, and learn the skills I'll need for my life, I can't help thanking God for everything I have. I now appeal to your generous support and want to thank you sincerely for reading this and donating to my education.
I am excited to be apart of SongFest because of the intensive song study, the performance opportunities, the classes, and being able to work with such experienced and known faculty. The songs I have chosen will be a wonderful learning experience, as I have not done much contemporary music before. I am particularly excited to learn “A lucky child” by Jake Heggie, “Words to be Spoken” by John Musto, and the song cycle “Try Me, Good King” by Libby Larsen. This program will be a wonderful opportunity to help further my professional education and abilities. I am interested in the “Songs in the key of LA” project and can’t wait to begin giving voice to all these un-heard pieces!
Being a native Californian and having started my professional training at Colburn, I am happy to be returning now as college student, with all the knowledge I have acquired, ready to learn new techniques. Having an experience like this could only benefit me as I go forward into my remaining years of school and then with luck and a lot of hard work, into a young artist program. Performance opportunities and having the critiques of professionals is the best experience I could ask for this summer!
About the programs:
SongFest - Los Angeles (May 31-June 28) - I have been selected as one of only twelve "Schubert Fellows", have opportunities to be able to perform in high profile concerts, master classes, and take lessons with distinguished senior faculty. I will take part in diction classes, repertoire and career guidance workshops, daily master classes taught by an international roster of leading recital artists and pedagogues, collaborations with leading American composers (William Bolcom, Jake Heggie, Libby Larson, and John Musto) and the presentation of at least one commissioned world premiere, along with an incredible concert series presented at Colburn.
This program provides me with a chance to network within my field and gain priceless performance experience. The concert performances for each festival are free to the public, and tickets will be made available for anyone able to attend.
Again, I thank you all so much for the unending support, it truly inspires me and gives me the courage to work ever harder.
With grateful and sincere appreciation,