MNSong Program Info


Source Song Festival presents MNSong: Art Song seminars and workshops with composer Libby Larsen


August 2-7, 2020 | Twin Cities, MN


There is no age restriction, but the workshops are intended for emerging composers. All applications must be at least 18 years old as of May 1, 2020.


Applications are due May 10, 2020. There is NO fee to apply for the 2020 Festival.


There will be a $625 program fee for those selected to participate.  Program fee goes towards performer fees, venue rentals, workshops, and administrative costs.

If accepted, the first deposit will be due May 27, 2020 (50% of tuition) with repertoire choices. Remaining balance due by July 1, 2020 (remaining amount).


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.


Workshop includes:

  • One-on-One lessons with Libby Larsen & David Evan Thomas
  • participation in all seminars (grant writing, commissioning, text-setting, legal issues, etc.)
  • coaching with PROFESSIONAL festival musicians on your song(s)
  • performance by professional musicians of your song(s)
  • performance recording of your song(s) for future use
  • admission to all Source recitals and events


Submitted works must be:

  • an original song cycle or extended song no longer than 10 minutes;
  • written for single voice and keyboard;
  • set to a text written in English (applicants must provide proof of permission for use of all copyrighted texts not in Public Domain).


Application should include:

  • Completed Application Form
  • A PDF copy of the vocal-piano score(s). Copies must be neat, legible and clearly edited and should include:
    1. composition title and composer name;
    2. poet / lyricist’s name and a separate copy of the text;
    3. person or agency granting text setting permission; and
    4. length and date of composition
    5. Audio files are welcome but not mandatory.
  • Application Fee: $0 for the 2020 Festival
  • Deadline for RECEIVED applications is May 10, 2020.

Notification of acceptance into the program will happen no later than May 20, 2020.


*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.*

A schedule of planned workshop events will be forthcoming.