songSLAM 2017

The Sparks & Wiry Cries songSLAM is a unique opportunity for emerging classical music composer/performer teams to premiere new art songs and compete for cash prizes.  In each city, teams will present a new song of no more than 5 minutes for voice and piano in any language for the voting audience, who—in the poetry slam tradition—will then vote on their favorites and award up up to $2,000 in prize money. Teams are encouraged to bring their friends, as all prizes will be awarded by audience vote!

Interested in hosting a songSLAM in your city?  Email us at

Winners of the 2017-2018 songSLAMs 

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this season's songSLAMs such a success!


Tuesday, November 14th

New York, NY @ HERE Theater

Hosted by composer Tom Cipullo


FIRST PLACE: ‘Love in the Asylum’ 
Text by Dylan Thomas
Patrick Michael Wickham, composer, John Glann, baritone; Mark Wagner, pianist

SECOND PLACE: ‘I carry your heart’
 Text by e. e. cummings
Jason Weisinger, composer & pianist; Chloe Holgate, soprano

TIE FOR THIRD: ‘Barter’ 
Text by Sara Teasdale
Clint Borzoni, composer; Michelle Trovato, soprano; Jason Wirth, pianist

TIE FOR THIRD: ‘Velvet Shoes’ 
Text by Elinor Wylie
Steven Crino, composer & pianist; Casie Marie Girvin, soprano



Tuesday, November 28th

Ann Arbor, MI @ Kerrytown Concert House

Hosted by composer William Bolcom & mezzo-soprano Joan Morris


FIRST PLACE: "Invictus" 
text by William Ernest Henley
Evan Snyder, composer; Gillian Lynn Cotter, mezzo-soprano; Neill Campbell, piano

SECOND PLACE: "Moon Bird" 
text by Noah Kieseman
Noah Kieserman, composer & pianist; Grace Bydalek, soprano

THIRD PLACE: "The Word of God" 
text by Mary Fishwick
Wes Fishwick, composer, pianist, & tenor 



Thursday, January 11th

 Presented by Source Song Festival 
Minneapolis, MN @ ICEHOUSE MPLS

Hosted by composer/performer Chris Koza


FIRST PLACE: 'How to Triumph like a Girl' 
text by Ada Limón
Timothy C. Takach, composer; Krista Costin, soprano; and Mindy Eschedor, pianist 

SECOND PLACE: 'Crepuscule' 
text by e.e.cummings
Liam James Moore, composer; Riley Cardona, soprano; Matthew Olson, pianist

THIRD PLACE: 'The Lesson' 

text by Benjamin Emory Larson
Benjamin Emory Larson, composer; Daniel Greco, baritone; Jessica Johnston, pianist

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