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Lotte Lehmann Foundation

posted Aug 10, 2011, 12:30 PM by Ryan Hunt   [ updated Aug 10, 2011, 12:37 PM ]

Lotte Lehmann Foundation
Expanded Education of Classical Art Song

Kayaking from Kailua beach to the Moku Lua islands in 1998, Gary and Ryan were talking about Gary’s work in
preserving the legacy of Lotte Lehmann, famed German opera singer. Gary needed a way to invigorate not only the memory of Lehmann and her works, but also to foster the artistic and creative force of classical and fine art she strove her entire life to engage in and promote.

From a single web page Ryan and Gary expanded the vision to a monolithic Web-based memorial of art, imagery and sound. The Foundation was formed; 501c3 status obtained, and internationally acclaimed advisors became involved.

Ryan suggested establishing a second website dedicated to the promotion of Art Song and the education of the art form in public schools. Ideas are easy to come by, but with Gary’s generous support and passion the first international art song contest entirely based on the Internet was established. Submissions could be made and the judging take place all through collaborative online tools.

Through Ryan’s work the Foundation was able to establish an online archive of Lehmann’s work, visual and performing, including work that was not commonly known to exist. A community of aficionados was fostered and the mechanism of preserving memories of Lehmann’s dieing colleagues was put in place. Educational videos and curriculum were created and promoted to the community in outreach programs.

Cybersing is now an annual contest with alternating years of performance and composition. For each performance year a new composition is commissioned. Not only is the Lehmann artistic legacy being preserved, but her passion for creating beautiful music is being perpetuated through the ongoing work of the now independent Foundation.

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