Upcoming Events

2019 will be our 25th Anniversary year!  Events are in the planning stages.  Watch this spot!

2018: Our 25th year!
Link to copies of programs:  

Ann Arbor Festival of Song presents the 25th annual 
Week After Art Fair Song Fest
Wednesday-Friday, July 25-27, 2018
Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor

Wednesday, July 25, 8:00PM
In Der Fremde (In a foreign land):
Songs of home, homeland, & HomEsickness
Free admission
Thursday, July 26, 8:00PM
Gala 25th YEar celebration concert
Come celebrate 25 years of great music-making!
Free Admission
Friday, July 27 8:00PM
Make America Sing Again, Part deux:
Our annual cabaret night
Call 734-769-2999 for tickets/reservations

2018 Artist Roster:
PIANIST:  Kevin Bylsma
Adelle Blauser
Claire Chardon Kahl
Stephanie Conklin
Ann Corrigan
Jennifer Cresswell
Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers
Kyle Schreiber
Hannah Stroth
Deanna Relyea
Ellen Strba Scholl
Patrick Conklin
Aaron Hill
Brian Pfaltzgraff
Christopher Scholl
Thomas Spafford
Jason Duika
John Glann
Ko Kaiden
John Mink
Dale Schriemer

2017 Events:  
24th Annual Week After Art Fair Song Fest

2016 EVENTS:

23rd annual Week After Art Fair Song Fest
Wednesday through Friday, July 27-29
Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor

Wednesday July 27, 8:00 pm (FREE ADMISSION):

Songs We Love to Sing

Various composers, various singers

Thursday July 28, 8:00 pm (FREE ADMISSION):

Chemins de l'amour:  The Lyrical Legacy of Francis Poulenc

Friday July 29, 8:00 pm:

Our annual Cabaret night! 

Speak Low: Songs of Weill and Sondheim
For ticket information, visit www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com, or call 734-769-2999.
2016 Roster:  

Kevin Bylsma, piano


Emily Benner          (Th, F)                                     

Chelsea Cloeter      (Th)                                     

Jenny Cresswell       (W, Th, F)                                        

Madeline Harts        (W, Th, F)                                          

Teri Herron              (W, F)                                                 

Rebekah Kroesing    (W, F)                                      

Hillary LaBonte       (W, Th, F)                                       

Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers  (W, Th, F)                    


Christine Amon   (W, F)                                         

Laura Reaper       (F)                                           

Deanna Relyea      (F)                                         

Ellen Strba Scholl   (W, F)                                     

Monica Swartout-Bebow   (W, F)                        


Gregory Ashe    (W)

John Hopkins   (F)                                            

Christopher Scholl   (W, F)                                    


Chy Billings   (W)                                               

John Glann    (W, F)                                                 

John Mink   (Th, F)                                                  

Robert Peavler      (Th)                                       

Dale Schriemer      (F)

2015 Events:

22nd annual Week After Art Fair Song Fest
July 22-24, 2015
Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor


Wednesday, July 22; 8pm (FREE ADMISSION):
FAIREST ISLE:  Songs of Great Britain
 Gorgeous lands, gorgeous music--come and hearken ye!!
Featured artists:  Kevin Bylsma, piano; Emily Benner, Deanna Relyea, Monica Swartout-Bebow, Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers, Robert Peavler, Lance Ashmore, MeeAe Nam, Christopher Scholl, Madeline Harts, Claire Chardon, Rebekah Kroesing, Laura Reaper, Richard Channell, Jr., John Hopkins, Thom Spafford, Sara Mangus; and Members of the Professional Choir of Mariners' Church of Detroit

Thursday, July 23, 8pm (FREE ADMISSION):
Uptown/Downtown:  Mismatched Songs and Arias
Join us for an entertaining evening of 
High/Low, Rich/Poor, 
contrasts in song!!
Featured Artists:  Kevin Bylsma, piano; Monica Swartout-Bebow, Christopher Scholl, Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers, Ellen Strba Scholl, Lance Ashmore, Laura Reaper, Jennifer Cresswell, John Mink

Friday, July 24, 8pm:
 Ooh! La La! C'est Magnifique!  (Our annual cabaret show)
Featuring your favorite singers and special guest artists!
Call 734-769-2999 for reservations and ticket prices, or go online:  http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/event/art_fair_song_fest_Fri_2015/

No actual can-can dancers have been engaged at present, 
but you never know what might happen at Cabaret Night!!  
Featured artists:  Kevin Bylsma, piano
Special Guest Artist Alvin Waddles!!
Singers:  Monica Swartout-Bebow, Christopher Scholl, Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers, Ellen Strba Scholl, Lance Ashmore, Dale Schriemer, Madeline Harts, Rebekah Kroesing, Richard Channell, Jr., Jennifer Cresswell, John Mink, John Hopkins

2015 Featured Artists, confirmed as of July 13:

Kevin Bylsma, pianist

Alvin Waddles, special guest pianist/singer  (http://www.alvinwaddles.com/)

Emily Benner, soprano

Jennifer Cresswell, soprano

Madeline Harts, soprano

Kisma Jordan, soprano

Rebekah Kroesing, soprano

MeeAe Nam, soprano

Robert Peavler, baritone

Laura Reaper, mezzo-soprano

Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers, soprano

Christopher Scholl, tenor

Ellen Strba Scholl, mezzo-soprano

Dale Schriemer, baritone

Leslie Smith, soprano

Monica Swartout-Bebow, mezzo-soprano


The Ann Arbor Festival of Song

Kevin Bylsma, Artistic Director
Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers, General Director
PO Box 3181; Ann Arbor, MI  48106

2014 Events:

20th Anniversary 
Week After Art Fair Song Fest!
Tue-Fri July 22-25, 2014
Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor
Concerts start at 8pm.  Call 734-769-2999 for reservations.


Tuesday, July 22, 8pm:  
Special 20th Anniversary Featured Guest Artists:   
Martha Guth soprano, and Jesse Blumberg, baritone 
Join Kevin Bylsma for a very special evening of Schumann with soprano Martha Guth, and A2FOS alum baritone  Jesse Blumberg
  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
 call Kerrytown Concert House for reservations and details.  734-769-2999

Baritone Jesse Blumberg is equally at home on opera, concert, and recital stages, performing repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque to the 20th and 21st centuries. His performances have included the world premiere of The Grapes of Wrath at Minnesota Opera, Niobe, Regina di Tebe at the Boston Early Music Festival, Bernstein’s MASS at London’s Royal Festival Hall, and appearances with New York City Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera. Recital highlights include appearances with the Marilyn Horne Foundation and New York Festival of Song, and performances of Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise with pianist Martin Katz. He has performed major works with American Bach Soloists, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Oratorio Society of New York, Apollo’s Fire, Berkshire Choral Festival, TENET/Green Mountain Project, and on Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. Jesse has given the world premieres of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Green Sneakers, Lisa Bielawa’s The Lay of the Love and Death, Conrad Cummings’ Positions 1956, and Tom Cipullo’s Excelsior. He also works closely with several other renowned composers as a member of the Mirror Visions Ensemble. Jesse’s 2013-2014 season includes debuts with Kentucky Opera, Opera Omnia, and Boston Baroque, and a return to Minnesota Opera for Die Zauberflöte. In 2012-2013 he appeared with Pacific MusicWorks, Colorado Music Festival, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Pegasus Early Music, and Fargo-Moorhead Opera. Jesse has been recognized in several competitions, and was awarded Third Prize at the 2008 International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau, becoming its first American prizewinner in over thirty years. He received a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and received undergraduate degrees in History and Music from the University of Michigan. Jesse is also the founder and artistic director of Five Boroughs Music Festival, which brings chamber music of many genres to every corner of New York City.   www.jesseblumberg.com 

Soprano Martha Guth brings consummate musicianship, interpretive intelligence and a distinctive tonal palette to a wide range of musical styles and periods. Martha’s operatic performances include the Santa Fe Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, the Grazer Oper, in Austria, Opera Lyra in Ottawa, Canada, and Palma de Mallorca, Spain. In recital, she has performed at the Wigmore Hall and the Leeds Lieder Festival with Graham Johnson at the piano, the Vancouver International Song Institute and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival with Erika Switzer, world premiers at Lincoln Center, as well as performances with the Floristan Recital Project, the Liederkranz with Pianist Dalton Baldwin, an all Britten recital with Pianist Malcolm Martineau in NYC for the Five Boroughs Music Festival. She has been recorded by the CBC Radio/Radio Canada, and the BBC Radio in the U.K. She has also performed at St John’s Smith Square in London, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, with Voices of Ascension in NYC, the Florida Orchestra, Mobile Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Aldeburgh Connection in Toronto, and both Clavecin en Concert and the Andre Turp society in Montreal. She is proud to have worked under the batons of Maestro’s Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, Helmut Rilling, John Nelson and Richard Bradshaw among many others. Future performances include a Brahms Requiem at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., recitals in Cologne Germany, recorded for the West Deutsche Rundfunk (WDR), as well as recitals in Montreal, Vancouver, and Victoria, Canada, The Creation with the Concord Chorale, in New Hampshire, and performances of songs by Roberto Sierra with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, also recorded for Naxos.  Martha’s first solo disc of all Schubert songs with Fortepianist Penelope Crawford will be released this coming October and celebrated with a recital at Boston College. A champion of New Music, she has premiered many pieces including works by Tom Cipullo (commissioned), Thomas Pasatieri, Stephen Chatman, John Fitz-Rogers, and Scott Gendel.  Martha Curates the Casement Fund Song Series based in NYC, is a founding faculty member and co-director of the Contemporary Performance Studies program at the Vancouver International Song institute (VISI), and is the Co-creator and Co-Editor of ‘Sparks and Wiry Cries’, an ezine dedicated to scholarship, exploration and performance in Art Song. 


Wednesday, July 23, 8pm:
Eine Kleiner LiederAbend
Join us for an evening of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, and many others.  
Free Admission.

Thursday, July 24, 8pm:  
Che Bella Luna:  Songs of the Night
One of our favorite themes over the years!  Gorgeous songs about gorgeous things, like the Moon.  
Free Admission.

Friday, July 25, 8pm:  
Rock 'em Sock 'em Cabaret:  Songs to Knock Your Block Off
Our annual entertainment of wide-ranging repertoire, from Baroque to Pop, Weill to Sondheim, standards, jazz, and fun.  
With a special guest appearance by Alvin Waddles, Detroit singer/pianist and master of many genres!  

  • $25 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $15 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $10 General Admission
  • $5 Student
call Kerrytown Concert House for reservations and details.  734-769-2999

2014 Featured Artists 

Kevin Bylsma, pianist

Emily Benner, soprano

Jennifer Cresswell, soprano

Jennifer Goltz, soprano

Deborah Gover, soprano

Madeline Harts, soprano

Caroline Helton, soprano

Kisma Jordan, soprano

Rebekah Kroesing, soprano

Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers, soprano

Renee Clair, mezzo-soprano

Laura Reaper, mezzo-soprano

Ellen Strba Scholl, mezzo-soprano

Monica Swartout-Bebow, mezzo-soprano

Daniel Schuetz, countertenor

John Hopkins, tenor

Christopher Scholl, tenor

Patrick Scholl, tenor

Robert Eisentrout, baritone

Robert Peavler, baritone

Dale Schriemer, baritone


The Ann Arbor Festival of Song

Kevin Bylsma, Artistic Director
Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers, General Director
PO Box 3181; Ann Arbor, MI  48106