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Our International Art Song Competition
will be held for the 2024-2025 seasons.
The application to audition will be posted 
July 8, 2024

and due August 30, 2024



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Dorene old.


August 20, 1924 - January 31, 2024

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of
Anna Dorene Marshall. She was the Secretary /Treasurer
of Joy in Singing for 48 years, doing the administrative
work necessary to produce over 60 concerts and competitions.
Completely devoted to the Mission created by Winifred Cecil,
Dorene helped preserve its deep message by her ability to forge productive relationships with any and all Board members and volunteers who assumed leadership roles. The present Board is grateful beyond words for the immaculate and timely records she maintained. Her contribution did not end there.
She was also hostess to the myriad meetings of the Board
and special donors, presenting not only her robust humor
and personality but frankly, 'the best food in town', which
she prepared. Dorene started as a voice student in Winnie's
studio dreaming of her favorite role, "NORMA". But after
developing a severe case of stage fright, she became Winnie's
right hand ... and left!! She was living at a Manhattan nursing
home for the past five years, when health issues, both
mental and physical stopped her achieving 100 years.
She will be sorely missed, her memory etched in all our
thoughts as a kind, loving and compassionate human being.
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. 

                                      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. 

If you have ever attended a Debut Award Recital
known a child whose school was visited by

Song As A Second Language

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

please support our work with a donation.

Donations are tax deductible under the laws governing 501(c) 3 nonprofits.  

Thank you for your support!

We look forward to seeing you at our next event!


December 19, 1931 –December 12, 2019

Dalton Baldwin
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