Sparks & Wiry Cries is a global platform for art song that explores the dynamic union of music and text through publication, performance, and commission of new works, enlivening the practice and experience of artful storytelling within its diverse community.


Co-Artistic Director: Soprano Martha Guth has performed recitals at St. John’s Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, the Liederkranz and for the 5Borough’s Music Festival, the Aldeburgh Connection, Clavecin en Concert, the Andre Turp society, and many more. She regularly performs symphonic and oratorio repertoire across North America.  Her operatic performances include the Santa Fe Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, the Grazer Oper, and Opera Lyra in Ottawa. Collaborative partners include Erika Switzer, Graham Johnson Malcolm Martineau and Spencer Myer and Dalton Baldwin.  She has been recorded live by the CBC and the BBC and WDR in Germany.  Her growing discography includes recordings with GVR records for "the 5boroughs songbook", Musica Omnia for a solo disc of Schubert Songs, Naxos with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico singing songs of Roberto Sierra.  She is a founding faculty member of the Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI), and co-director of its Contemporary Performance Studies program.

Co-Artistic Director: Canadian Collaborative pianist Erika Switzer made her American debut at the Kennedy Center in 2003.  Ms. Switzer has performed recitals at New York’s Frick Collection, Rockefeller University, Mostly Mozart, and for the 5 Boroughs Music Festival.  In Europe, she has performed as a guest of Pro Musicis at Paris’ Salle Cortot and for the Poulenc Academy at the L'Hôtel de ville de Tours.  Other European performances include appearances at the Göppingen Meisterkonzerte, the New Discoveries series at the Baden-Baden Festspiele, and the Winners & Masters series in Munich.  In her native Canada, she has performed at the Chamber Music Festivals of Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver, and for presenters including Music on Main, Debut Atlantic, Prairie Debut, Roy Thomson Hall Presents: Canadian Voices, and the André Turp Society.  Ms. Switzer is on the music faculty at Bard College and the Bard Conservatory of Music.  She is a founding faculty member of the Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI) and co-director of its Contemporary Performance Studies program.  

Podcast Producer: Matthew Principe has over 10 years experience producing live events in the New York Metropolitan Area, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as well as touring in the United States and Europe. Matthew’s projects include producing the GLAAD Media Award production of David Johnston’s Candy & Dorothy (Drama Desk nominee, Best Actor), producing the classical art song podcast Sparks and Wiry Cries; the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcasts on SIRIUS / XM Satellite Radio, and the Met’s Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Live in HD Series.  Before coming to the Metropolitan Opera, Matthew has worked with renowned arts organizations such as Columbia Artists Management Inc.; The Philadelphia Orchestra and Santa Fe Opera.  Onstage, Matthew has appeared in musical theater and opera in regional companies such as Pocono Lively Arts, Puttin’ On the Ritz Inc., and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.

Grant writer:  Soprano Amy Petrongelli is finishing her final year of Doctoral work at the University of Michigan. She had her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist for Haydn's Creation as part of the Masterworks Choral Series, and recent performances include Schoenberg's 'Pierrot Lunaire' at Tanglewood, Joseph Schwantner's Sparrows with the Contemporary Directions Ensemble, and several world premiers.  Amy is a founding member of the Khemia Ensemble, a new music ensemble focusing on promoting cultural exchange through the commissioning and performance of contemporary classical music.  Khemia is  A passionate educator, Amy has maintained a private studio since 2005, and has taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Akron, Eastern Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University.  She holds degrees from Central Michigan University and the University of Michigan.

Social media manager and graphic designer: Michael Hofmann is a performer and visual artist based in Northern New Jersey.  He freelances as a graphic designer and social media manager, specializing in logo, print media, and webs media design. He is a graduate of both Vassar College and Bard Conservatory's Graduate Vocal arts Program.   As a singer, he enjoys a diverse performance career that includes ensemble singing, recitals, Medieval and Baroque period performance, and premieres of both song and opera. 

Editor: Lucy Fitz Gibbon is a graduate of Yale University, and also holds degrees from The Glenn Gould School and Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program.  Noted for her “dazzling, virtuoso singing” (Boston Globe), soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon is a dynamic musician whose repertoire spans the Baroque to the present. Believing that creating new works and recreating those lost in centuries past is integral to classical music’s future, Lucy is a champion of unexplored corners of music history as well as new works. 



 Soprano Elly Ameling 


Pianist Terry Dawson

Baritone Tyler Duncan 

Composer John Greer 

 Pianist Michael Brofman

Pianist Jocelyn Dueck

Translator Emily Ezust 

Pianist Graham Johnson 

Soprano Robyn Driedger Klassen

Pianist Laura Loewen

Baritone Rob McGinness

 Scholar Deen Larsen

 Baritone François Le Roux

 Soprano Elizabeth MacDonald

Composer Jocelyn Morlock

Mezzo-soprano Susan Platts

Pianist Renate Rossol 

Scholar Taylor Stoehr

Pianist Bruce Ubukata

  Scholar Michael Musgrave

Pianist Stephen Ralls 

 Pianist Liza Stepanova

 Artistic Director, Lecturer Richard Turp

Pianist Liz Upchurch 

Pianist Jonathan Ware

Soprano Sarah Elizabeth Wolfson

  Scholar Susan Youens


We would like to thank the people who have made this Ezine possible:



Martha Guth, Chair

Erika Switzer, vice-chair and treasurer

Margo Garrett

Kayo Iwama

Ricardo Lugo


Our Donors:

$2,500+ The Schubert Club

The Casement Fund
Rhiannon Giddens
Spencer Myer

$1,000+ Winterreise  

Margo Garrett
Keith & Laurie Switzer 
The Sorel Foundation

$500+ Die Schöne Müllerin   

Martha Guth
Hampsong Foundation
Erika Switzer

$250+ Schwanengesang

Ruben & Maria Matilda Garcia de Carbonell      
DeLloyd and Katherine Guth
Juliana Hall and David Sims
Cathy & Sandy Leff
Martha Ratliff

$100+ Erlkönig

Carlos Carbonnell
Jocelyn Dueck
Herschel Garfein
Kayo Iwama
Belinda and Stephen Kaye
Che Loewen
Elisa Lajonchere
Dawn Upshaw

$50+ Gretchen am Spinnrade

Jesse Blumberg
Donna Breitzer
Darla Diltz
Donna Loewy
Robert Nordling
Leann Scheuring

$5+ An die Musik

Patricia Au
Benjamin Binder
Mark Bilyeu
Michael Brofman
Tory Browers
Jean Bernard Cerin
Lucy Fitz Gibbon
Tim Hill
Michael Hofmann
Meredith Kahrl
Michael Kelly
Bonnie MacEvoy
Elizabeth McDonald
Lynne McMurtry
Stephannie Moore
Alexandra Porter
Matthew Principe
Luke Randall
Daniel Schlosberg
Miori Sugiyama
Jolle Greenleaf
Clara Presser

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