Our Mission & Programs

Alan Smith with Kate Jackman, 2014

The Seminar’s mission is to encourage autonomous artistry in emerging artist-level performers through the study and interpretation of art song by living American composers.

The Fall Island Seminar is comprised of three programs:

  • Emerging Artist Fellowship Program is for singers and collaborative pianists (ages 23-35). Fellows work with Artistic Director Stephanie Blythe and Music Director, Alan Smith in daily masterclasses, private coachings and special evening events centered around the music of living, American composers. Six singers and three pianists are selected. Fellows receive all classes, coachings, special events, accommodation and meals at no cost, but are responsible for their own transportation to Potsdam, NY. Online applications open from October 1- November 1. Applicants will be notified by December 1st if they are invited to the live audition round held in NYC in mid-January. Auditionees are invited to participate in the Seminar by February 1.
  • Repertoire Development for Teachers & Coaches is for collegiate-level voice teachers and collaborative pianists, and master or doctoral-level students of vocal pedagogy or collaborative piano. Participants observe all masterclasses, attend special events including a poetry share and special topics class led by Dr. Gary Busch. Four participants are selected. The fee is $400.00 (includes all classes and events and six evening meals). Participants are responsible for securing and paying for their own housing and for meals not included in the fee. The online application process is open February 1-March 1.
  • Student Internship Program is for Crane School of Music undergraduate students to assist with the daily functioning of the Seminar. Four interns are selected and must be available from Monday morning of the first day through Monday late afternoon of the closing day. Interns receive room and board, plus a $100.00 stipend. Interns attend all masterclasses and special events and have evening meals with all Seminar participants. The online application process opens in early April each year.