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"This festival was
founded partly because
Mr. Blier and Mr. Barrett
feared for the heritage
of the song recital.
They have succeeded beyond all expectations
because they know
how to program familiar
repertory in contexts that
make us hear it freshly"
—The New York Times

 

Mission

New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) is a non-profit, concert-giving organization based in Manhattan that has been delighting audiences and dazzling critics for over two decades. Newsday has rightly called NYFOS "the most reliably excellent musical organization in New York." NYFOS performances feature some of the world's finest vocal talents, both established and emerging, in high-energy ensemble productions with repertoire ranging from art song and opera to Broadway and the blues. NYFOS also nurtures the artistry and careers of young singers in residencies with The Juilliard School, Caramoor Center for the Arts, San Francisco Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera.  

NYFOS's dramatically-charged thematic programming and its commissions and premieres of new American works reach a wider public through national and international tours, recordings and broadcasts; NYFOS's New York concert series remains a destination for lovers of vocal music from across the globe.

The intimacy, elegance and economy of NYFOS presentations and their irresistible appeal for audiences of all backgrounds make NYFOS a unique and essential resource for New York's live performing arts community.  NYFOS artists, enriched and inspired by the joyous approach NYFOS brings to concert giving, carry the NYFOS spirit of shared musical discovery with them wherever they perform. The young artists that NYFOS mentors carry that spirit forward to the next generation.