Goethe in Performance, Performance in Goethe

Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI) presents:

5th Annual Song Scholarship and Performance Program:

Goethe in Performance, Performance in Goethe

Vancouver, BC, on the campus of the University of British Columbia

Scholar residency: 31 May – 9 June 2014

Performer residency: 29 May – 12 June 2014

Application deadline: 28 February 2014

For more information and application instructions, please visit:


Address all inquiries to: visi.ssp.2014@gmail.com

  • For graduate students (master’s, Ph.D.) and young professionals in musicology and music theory interested in art song
  • For graduate-level (master’s, D.M.A.) and young professional singers and pianists
  • Advanced undergraduates may also apply


Musicology: Susan Youens, Jennifer Ronyak, Benjamin Binder

Music Theory: Deborah Stein, Harald Kreb, Richard Kurth

German Studies: Jane K. Brown, Sharon Krebs

Performance faculty include pianist/vocal coach Cameron Stowe (Juilliard, New England Conservatory) and other VISI voice and piano faculty.

Performances in masterclasses with soprano Ann Murray and other VISI special guest artists are also included in the program.

The Song Scholarship and Performance (SSP) program at VISI is a collaborative seminar comprised of musicologists, theorists, singers, and pianists working together in an environment that dissolves the boundaries between scholarship and performance.  We will share our ideas through lectures, master classes, seminar workshops, coachings, and personalized mentoring sessions, all the while making valuable professional connections.  Student scholars and performers will also put their ideas into practice by collaborating with each other in a lecture recital, and performers will also be featured in a final concert performance.

Our focus this year will be on the theme of Goethe in Performance, Performance in Goethe.  Subtopics will include the aesthetics and practice of song performance in Goethe’s circle, performance and the construction of identity in Wilhelm Meister, and the performance of gender and Oriental attitudes in the West-östlicher Divan.  In scholarly seminars and in masterclasses and concerts, we will examine settings of Goethe’s poetry from throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

For a closer look at SSP, please see the article in the February 2013 issue of the American Musicological Society Newsletter, pp. 16-18: http://www.ams-net.org/newsletter/AMSNewsletter-2013-2.pdf