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About the Next Great Art Song


La Scena Musicale is searching for the Next Great Art Song*! The Canadian Art Song Composition Contest aims to promote classical music by connecting the music of today to the general public. Composers are invited to submit their works, to be voted on by the public.

In the year leading up to the winner, LSM will feature the 10 Greatest Art Songs of all time, one or two per issue starting in September 2015, with the greatest art song revealed in fall 2016. The results of the top 10 will be compiled from the contributions of hundreds of specialists including musicologists, music writers, critics, singers, accompanists, vocal coaches and prominent musicians in a worldwide survey. These 10 art songs will be performed in Fall 2016 in a gala concert.

Also on the program will be the art songs of our competition's 10 finalists sung by some of Canada's top singers. The winning song(s), according to the audience's decision, will be programmed in future recitals with partnering organizations, and may also be published.


Phase 1 – Great Art Song Challenge
Champion your favourite art songs

La Scena Musicale is celebrating the Art Song in 2015-16.  We are conducting a world-wide survey of the 10 greatest art songs of all time.


Take the Great Art Song Challenge and champion your favourite art songs by sending us your top 3, while including 100 words explaining the reasons behind your top choice.

Once you've voted, challenge someone else (by email or by video) to champion their favourite art song.



Vote Online OR by email: greatartsong@lascena.org


Note: In order for your vote to count, please include:


• Your name

• profession (singer, pianist, conductor, composer, musicologist, journalist, music lover, etc)

• 1st choice: title and composer

• 2nd choice: title and composer

• 3rd choice: title and composer

• explanation of your 1st choice


Phase 2 – Next Great Art Song – Submission of new compositions


The submission period will begin soon – more details to come



Art Song Definition

* Art Song refers to a classical music song for voice and piano (lied, mélodie etc,) that is not part of a larger work such as an opera or oratorio. Songs from collections or song cycles are permitted.



The Next Great Art Song is an initiative of La Scène Musicale/The Music Scene, a registered charity promoting music and the arts. Please support our activities with a donation.