MNDuo Program Info


August 4-10, 2019 | Twin Cities, MN


All participants must be at least 18 years old as of May 1, 2019. 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 3, 2019 to rehearse with your duo partner.


Duo tuition: $1,150
Individual tuition: $600

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 April 5, 2019 (50% of tuition) with repertoire choices. Remaining balance due by April 22, 2019 (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.


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 Master Classes.


Each singer-pianist team selected to participate in the Festival will be asked to have five (5) songs prepared for masterclasses and workshops during the week. Duos will also have an additional two songs: (1) An art song featuring the poetry of Walt Whitman to be assigned by the festival and (2) an art song written by a MN composer to be chosen by the duo team. These last two 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 March 15, 2019.

Complete an online application to include the following materials:

  • Links to two (2) audio and/or video recordings of art songs.
  • Proposed Repertoire list (5) for Source 2019 Master Classes
  • Biographical paragraph on each artist (125-150 words)
  • Headshot (hi-res) for each artist
  • 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)

A non-refundable application fee of $75.00 per team or $40.00 for individual for an early bird rate through March 1. Applications submitted after March 1 for $100.00 per team or $55.00 for an individual.

Please note: application fees cover costs of the 3rd party artists who review application materials. No application will be processed without this fee.

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


Source Participants will be notified by March 29, 2019. Offers must be accepted by April 5, 2019 with the first deposit of 50% of tuition. The remaining balance is due April 22, 2019.

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