Welcome to Artsong Update! We began in 2001 by announcing art song and
musical events by e-mail to a small group of people with
an interest in art song. The list began to grow as people learned
about the service.
We added a calendar of the upcoming season's art song events and a newsletter with
reviews of these events, recordings, biographies and essays. Over the years our coverage has evolved to include choral, chamber and orchestral concerts as well as operas and even local productions of Broadway musicals.
In May, 2002 at the end of our first year we decided that a
website with the newsletter content might be useful. We have
archives of past issues with printer friendly pages, and the calendar is
updated weekly as events are added or changed.
Our e-mail updates continue to keep subscribers informed but
that content will always be available on our website.
The subscribers include professional and amateur singers, voice
teachers and students, accompanists, instrumentalists, composers,
listeners and anyone who wishes to receive our free newsletter.
Most of them live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, though
some are in New York, Washington, D.C. and other areas. Some of our
subscribers we know personally, but most we know only as
e-mail addresses. Currently (August, 2012) how subscriber base exceeds 900.
Our material is not copyrighted, nor do we plan for it to be. Share
it, use it for classes, print it out. We only ask that you give
the author and Artsong Update credit. If you enjoy the site and
our e-mail publication, offer it to your friends. It's free after
The newsletter, calendar and the website are our way of promoting
something we cherish - music - and especially art song. Please send us ideas,
reviews of events and recordings and news of upcoming recitals and
other vocal events as well as instrumental concerts.
We are: John Campbell, content author - except where otherwise
noted, and Steve Brockman, content editor and webmaster.
John and Steve at Simply Sondheim, December, 2009
Photo courtesy of Teviya Abraham and the Tidewater JCC
In November, 2004 and 2005 we were nominated for an Alli award from the Cultural
Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads. Even though we didn't win it
was a real honor to be nominated along with so many other deserving
nominees and we had a great time. We'd like to thank all of you
who supported our nomination and so many of you whose cooperation
help to make Artsong Update the success it is. We'd like to share
the description of what we do from the awards ceremony program booklet,
read by Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera Obendorf, as we stood to be
acknowledged with friends and family in attendance:
Artsong Update is published by Steve Brockman and John Campbell as an online art song
newsletter. It lists and discusses regional music programs, vocal as well as chamber music, organ recitals and choral events. The Artsong
Update website benefits the community and also reaches out to national and international patrons giving historical information on various musical styles and selections.
Mr. Campbell and Mr. Brockman attend many recitals and dedicate long hours to music research. Through their efforts, there is an added
awareness of the high level of talent in the Hampton Roads region. Through this newsletter these two men are working to encourage a renaissance
of the vocal art song recital in Hampton Roads.
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or a review of an event,
or an announcement
or calendar entry,
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