MNDuo Program Info


August 2-7, 2020 | Twin Cities, MN


All participants must be at least 18 years old as of May 1, 2020. Please note that pianist/singer teams are highly preferred, but not required. If you are applying as an individual, you will be required to be available in the afternoon on August 1, 2020 to rehearse with your duo partner.


Duo tuition: $1,150

Individual tuition: $625

Program fee goes towards performer fees, venue rentals, workshops, and administrative costs. At this time, we are unable to offer scholarships for applicants.

First deposit will be due May 27, 2020 (50% of tuition). Remaining balance due by July 1, 2020.


Source Song Festival is not able to provide housing or meals for participants, but is willing and able to help participants find local accommodations for reasonable rates.


Video recording preferred of two (2) art songs, one selection must be by an American composer. The second selection should be chosen from the standard French, German, Russian, English or Spanish art song repertoire. (NO Italian and NO arias).  

If applying as a duo, recordings should feature both applicants. If this is not available, separate recordings for each applicant should be submitted.

If chosen to participate in the Festival, the songs chosen for the audition do not necessarily have to be the songs the team would like to work on in the Masterclasses.


Each singer-pianist team selected to participate in the Festival will be asked to have four (4) songs prepared for masterclasses and workshops during the week. Duos will also have an additional three songs: (1) An art song featuring french poetry translated into English to be assigned by the festival (2) a selection from Schwanengesang by Schubert translated in English to be assigned by the festival (3) an art song written by a MN composer to be chosen by the duo team. These three songs will be performed by the duos in recital during the festival week.

Please note: All repertoire chosen for the festival is required to be memorized and performance-ready prior to arrival in the Twin Cities. This includes the MN Composer piece chosen by the duo.

For those applying as individual applicants: you will be required to arrive no less than one half day early to rehearse with your duo partner. Because of the brevity of the program and lack of rehearsal time outside of workshops and masterclasses, this is non-negotiable.


Completed applications are due by May 10, 2020.

Complete an online application to include the following materials:

  • Links to two (2) audio and/or video recordings of art songs.
  • Proposed Repertoire list (4) 
  • Biographical paragraph on each artist (125-150 words)
  • Headshot (hi-res)
  • Contact information (name and email) from teacher/coach/prominent artist who will speak to your musical accomplishments. One contact per applicant.
  • A representative list of repertoire from the past two years (with and/or without current partner)


For the 2020 festival, all application fees have been waived.

Applications can be submitted electronically on the individual or team application pages.


Source Participants will be notified by May 20th, 2020. Offers must be accepted by May 27th, 2020 with the first deposit of 50% of tuition. The remaining balance is due July 1st, 2020.

Repertoire will be discussed between the teams and the Artistic Directors of the Festival.


*this page has been updated on 3.18.2020. Due to the uncertainty in the world, Source is working to be as flexible and accommodating as possible to ensure a festival happens. If you have ANY questions or concerns we ask you to absolutely reach out to us.*