Thomas Hampson Endowment
supporting research and publication on classic song
The Thomas Hampson Endowment was
established in 2009 by Mr. Hampson in honor of the OPUS Campaign
and by the AMS in recognition of Hampson’s outstanding contributions
to the field of music as a performer, teacher, and scholar. The
purpose of the endowment is to foster editions and scholarship on song in
all its contexts, as well as new and innovative technologies for promoting
and understanding song via interactive media and the Internet.
Thomas Hampson enjoys a singular international career as a recitalist, opera singer and recording artist, and maintains an active interest in teaching, music research and technology. He has performed in all of the world’s most important concert halls and opera houses with many of today's most renowned singers, pianists, conductors and orchestras, and his 150 recordings to date have garnered the industry's highest awards, including a Grammy, 5 Grammy nominations, two Edison Prizes and the Grand Prix du Disque. Hampson is recognized as a leading interpreter of German "lied," and his operatic career encompasses more than eighty-five roles. Raised in Spokane, Washington, he holds honorary doctorates from the Manhattan School of Music, Whitworth College, and the San Francisco Conservatory, and in 2008 was named Special Advisor to the Study and Performance of Music in America to the Library of Congress.
In 2005, Hampson inaugurated the "Song of America" Project in collaboration with the Library of Congress (www.loc.gov/creativity/hampson), based in part on his research on Stephen Foster’s manuscripts and other sources at the Center for American Music at the University of Pittsburgh. The project, dedicated entirely to the American classic song repertoire, consists of ongoing recitals with his pianists Wolfram Rieger and Craig Rutenberg and educational initiatives, including the recently launched www.songofamerica.net. Each recital features music representative of the region in which the recital takes place. For his exemplary work in bringing to life this music, representing, in his own words, "the diary of our existence," Hampson was made an honorary member of the Society for American Music in 2007.
In 2003, Hampson established the Hampsong Foundation, supporting intercultural dialogue and understanding through song and singing. Collaborating with academic and cultural partners, the foundation funds research to expand the knowledge and outreach of the song repertory, presents and supports master classes, workshops and seminars, commissions and presents new vocal repertory, and creates recordings and media projects to bring song to a wider public. The Thomas Hampson Endowment was realized in part through a generous gift from the foundation.