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5th Pankonin American Art Song Award Showcase


Barbro Osher Recital Hall
200 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Night Songs: 
Florence Price: Night (Louis C. Wallace)
Marion Bauer: Coyote Song (John Silas Reed) 
Lee Hoiby: Insomnia (1990)(Elizabeth Bishop)

Christine Abraham, mezzo-soprano
Kevin Korth, piano

Three Songs:
Hillary Purrington: The Great Fog (Reg Huston)
Karim Al-Zand: In the Silt Neaby (Huston)
Karim Al-Zand: In the Wee Hours (Huston)

Commissioned by Susanne Mentzer in 2021-2022 for the Standing Still-Still Standing project
Susanne Mentzer, mezzo-soprano
Kevin Korth, piano

Libby Larsen: Try Me, Good King 
Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII
     Katherine of Aragon
     Anne Boleyn
     Jane Seymour
     Anne of Cleves
     Katherine Howard
Leslie Katter, coloratura soprano
Kevin Korth, piano

Pierre Fontaine: Love Songs (World Premiere)
[Winner, 2022 Kristin Pankonin American Art Song Award]
     The Sorrow of Love (W.B. Yeats)
     O Mistress Mine (Wm. Shakespeare)
     Set me as a Seal (From The Song of Solomon)
Julio Cesar Martinez, baritone
Dana Marie Chan, piano


H.T. Burleigh: Five Songs of Laurence Hope
     Worth While
     The jungle flower
     Kashmiri song
     Among the fuchsias
     Till I wake
Alexandra Armantrading, soprano
Kevin Korth, piano

John Jacob Niles: Four Songs
     Go 'way from my window (Trad.)
     The Death of Queen Jane (Anon.)
     One morning in May (Trad.)
     The Old Woman and the Devil (Attrib. Niles)
Joesph Meyers, tenor
Kevin Korth, piano

Domenic Argento: From the Diary of Virginia Woolf
     1. The Diary (April, 1919)
     2. Anxiety (October, 1920)
     3. Fancy (February, 1927)
     7. Parents (December, 1940)
Amy Bouchard, mezzo-soprano
Daniel Lockert, piano

William Grant Still: Songs of Seperation
     1. Idolatry (Arna Bontemps)
     2. Poème – (Philippe Thoby Marcelin, trans. Shawnette Sulker)
     3. Parted – (Paul Laurence Dunbar)
     4. If You Should Go (Countee Cullen)
     5. A Black Pierrot (Langston Hughes)
John Carter: Ring Dem Bells
Shawnette Sulker, soprano
Kevin Korth, piano


The Kristin Pankonin Art-Song Award was endowed at SFCM by Kristin’s friends and fans to honor her legacy of collaborative music-making, and her passion for new vocal work. Each fall student consortiums comprised of a composer, vocalist, and collaborative pianist submit proposals for new English-language art-song cycles. The proposals–which include samples of previous works, the selected poem or text, and vision for the cycle–are vetted by SFCM faculty, with the assistance of outside judges. The winning consortium receives a cash prize, and then creates and rehearses the new piece, which is premiered the following spring at the annual Kristin Pankonin Art-Song Showcase Concert.


A long-time staff accompanist at SFCM, Kristin Pankonin drew students, faculty members, and guest artists into her orbit by force of her compelling artistry, skill, commitment, and humor. She moved audiences around the world through countless recitals. Those fortunate enough to share the stage with her would say that she had “it,” a hard-to-define quality that made for particularly rich and satisfying music-making. A champion of new music, Kristin became a first-choice pianist for composers who appreciated her uninhibited and insightful approach. Her discography for Pentatone includes world premiere recordings of pieces by John Corigliano, David Garner, Gordon Getty, Jake Heggie, and Luna Pearl Woolf, many written for her and her collaborative partners. A master of many genres, she was particularly inspiring with vocal music.

Departments and Faculty Involved with This Event


Voice / Opera Studies

Collaborative Piano

About SFCM’s Composition Department

Prize-winning faculty develop and refine the skills of the next generation of great composers. The composition department both honors tradition and encourages innovation. Our four versatile faculty members closely mentor students while maintaining high-profile composing careers. We strongly emphasize interdepartmental collaboration, matching composers with performers, as well as offer frequent concerts and readings of student works. Every year, SFCM hosts the Highsmith Competition, an internal composition contest that grants the winner a performance of the submitted work by the Conservatory Orchestra. You'll be able to take advantage of the extraordinarily rich musical life of San Francisco, home to some of the most groundbreaking musical activity of the past half-century.


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