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The Joy In Singing 2023 Debut Award Artist

Claire McCahan 

Mezzo soprano Claire McCahan has been applauded for her unique tone and genuine expression. Dedicated to the creative programming of contemporary and classic art song repertoire, she co-founded Horizon Duo, with collaborative pianist Barbie Noyes.  In 2022, Horizon Duo won first prize at the NATS Artist Awards competition and were semi-finalists in the Franz Schubert & Modern Music Lied Duo competition. Other awards include winning the 2020 World of Bach Competition and 2020 Denver LyricOpera Guild Competition. She received her MM and AD from the University of Colorado Boulder, and has performed at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Claire McCahan's  New York City Debut Recital was held on February 28, 2023.

Many thanks to everyone who adjudicated during this year's competition cycle: Michael Brofman, Fred Cohn, Patrick Dillon, Maria Fattore, Elizabeth Hurwitt, Kate Hurney, Eve Queler, Deborah Surdi and Howard Watkins.
We are especially grateful to collaborative pianists James Bassi and David Holkeboer, who served as our staff pianists, 
playing for more than one third of the seventy plus contestants in the preliminary field. 

JOY IN SINGING | The Art Song Institute

 An educational resource offering workshops and training in all facets of song and song performance (including history, technique, interpretation and deportment), Joy In Singing, the Art Song Institute, hosts a  competition for singers and their pianists with a New York City Debut Recital for the winners, art song concert programs, and public Master Classes, inaugurated in 1958 by our Founder, Winifred Cecil. 

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We offer artists and audiences many opportunities to experience and learn about this highly varied and wonderful music. 

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Song As A Second Language

been to a SongSalon,  or participated
in a Joy In Singing Master Class,

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In Memoriam
Teresa Berganza

Beloved mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza has died in Madrid in May, age 89. 


Admired for her warm toned voice and precise coloratura, she specialized in the operas of Mozart and Rossini and later became, in the words of Herbert von Karajan, “the Carmen of the century”.

In recital she charmed the Carnegie Hall aficionados (in dove gray silk with matching slippers) with model mélodies and lieder, a lesson in European elegance.

Ms. Berganza's death adds to the list of great Spanish female singers we have lost, which includes Victoria de Los Angeles and Montserrat Caballé.  Is this the end of an era?

The Washington Post obituary by Tim Page

December 19, 1931 –December 12, 2019

It is with profound sadness
that we at Joy In Singing announce
the passing of our great mentor, teacher and friend,

Dalton Baldwin. 


Please join us in remembering this glorious musician who brought us all together to share in the love and performance of The Art Song.

Dalton Baldwin's
NY Times obituary 

Dalton Baldwin
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