TCU School of Music presents fifth annual Festival of American Song


This year’s festival is proud to celebrate American music with distinguished guest artist Jake Heggie — 2015 Opera News Magazine’s Most Successful Composer


The Festival of American Song returns Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. This year’s acclaimed guest artist is Jake Heggie, whose works have been celebrated worldwide and produced on five continents. The three-day festival highlights his influence as an American composer and orchestral icon. The featured artists are chosen with the interest of the vocal music student community in mind, strategically curated with an emphasis on a contemporary approach to classical composition.

“Though much of my life the past 12 years has been devoted to composing opera, my heart and musical soul lie in storytelling through song.”- Jake Heggie
Jake Heggie, TCU Festival of American Song 2018

Jake Heggie


Best known for his prolific contributions to the American operatic repertoire, Heggie’s work include operas Dead Man Walking, Moby Dick, It’s a Wonderful Life, and the choral opera The Radio Hour, among others. Self-described as a theatre composer who is concerned with “serving the drama” and “exploring character,” Heggie will undoubtedly create a relatable impact on the aspiring student musicians and performers.

The festival is based on the vision of founding director and associate professor Angela Turner Wilson, who spearheaded the launch of the festival in 2014. The festival’s leadership team and voice faculty identified a dearth of contemporary American repertoire from living composers being highlighted on university campuses and proceeded with the festival through the support of a TCU Vision in Action grant. The Festival of American Song supports the School of Music’s vision to provide students exposure to and opportunities to work with living, working American composers. Guest artists from past festivals include Grammy award winner John Corigliano and American composers Jason Robert Brown and Ricky Ian Gordon.

“The TCU Festival of American Song is honored to host composer Jake Heggie as the guest artist for 2018,” said Wilson. “Mr. Heggie’s highly acclaimed compositions help to define American Music. With a catalogue of over 300 songs, Mr. Heggie’s prolific work is accessible to all levels of vocal artists and all audience members. The TCU School of Music community looks forward to exploring the vocal repertoire of this important American composer.”

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