ABOUT THE CYBERSING ART SONG PERFORMANCE COMPETITION
To further the Lotte Lehmann Foundation's mission to broaden global appreciation of Art Song, and to recognise, encourage, and help bring to the attention of the world the many fine performers of this genre, in 2002 the Foundation developed CyberSing, a bi-annual, Internet-based, art song performance competition.
Without leaving their home country, singers and their collaborative pianists from around the world are able to participate by submitting recordings of songs in compact disc format -- including one new 'required' song commissioned by the Foundation from a major internationally-known composer and made available for download from the Foundation's website. Performers from Zimbabwe to New Zealand have responded enthusiastically. Semi-finalists' recordings are posted on this website, and Internet listeners are invited to vote for an 'Audience Favourite.' A panel of distinguished music professionals select the winners, and cash prizes are awarded to both the singers and their pianists.
The winner's audio performances are posted on the Lotte Lehmann Foundation website for about sixteen months. Given the website's daily activity (roughly 5000 visitors per month), the exposure for the performers and the newly-commissioned Art Song is a meaningful component of the prizes.
CyberSing 2004 concluded its entry period on 31 July 2004. Excellent artists from around the globe participated. Biographies of the winners, as well as sound files (in .mp3 format) are posted here.
CyberSing 2006 has also concluded. The Foundation commissioned a new 'required song' for the 2006 competition from American composer Dan Welcher. For more information about CyberSing 2006, including rules (in German, Spanish, French, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, Russian, and English) click here.
In 2002, the Lotte Lehmann Foundation commissioned a song from American composer and author Ned Rorem, who now serves as a member of the Board of Directors, to serve as the contest's 'required song.' In 2006, the Foundation commissioned American composer Libby Larsen and she responded with the beautiful I Love You Through The Daytimes, using the John L. Foster translation of a love song based on ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. The song may still be downloaded here.
Media attention to CyberSing has been crucial to its success: the BBC World Service, WNYC, the Singer and das Opernglas magazines, as well as many classical music websites have helped to broaden the distribution of information about this unique contest.
The next CyberSing competition will take place in 2009.