Evan Fein


Author: Evan Fein

Soprano Laura Strickling Announces THE 40@40 PROJECT

Laura Strickling has commissioned 40 new art songs from 40 composers to focus on continuing the legacy of art song.

In November 2019, Ms. Strickling made the realization that, while she’d been asked to premiere countless works over the course of her career, she’d never actively commissioned any. Since the collaborative relationship between singer and composer is one of her favorite aspects of the work, Laura decided to aim high – to commission 40 new songs as a 40th birthday present to herself. The project aim quickly developed into, “40 songs by 40 composers,” and has since grown beyond its original scope to include performances, recordings, and a published anthology of all of the commissioned works. The resulting songs have been beyond exciting in their quality and variety.

The commissioned composers include: H. Leslie Adams, Clarice Assad, Eugenia Cheng, Tom Cipullo, Andrea Clearfield, Nell Shaw Cohen, Emily Doolittle, Melissa Dunphy, Emerson Eads, Marti Epstein, Kurt Erickson, Evan Fein, Daniel Felsenfeld, Julian Gargiulo, Jodi Goble, Stanley Grill, Daron Hagen, Juliana Hall, Ted Hearne, Felix Jarrar, Jennifer Jolly, Joseph Jones, James Kallembach, Lori Laitman, Libby Larsen, Cecilia Livingston, Gilda Lyons, James Matheson, Bess McCrary, Reinaldo Moya, Eric Pazdziora, Kala Pierson, James Primosch, Matthew Recio, Jessica Rudman, Kamala Sankaram, Myron Silberstein, Lauren Spavelko, Gylchris Sprauve, Dennis Tobenski, Jennifer Wang, Scott Wheeler, Philip Wharton, Ed Windels, and Lorna Young Wright.


Fein wins 2021 virtual songSLAM competition!

Fein’s new art song “Greenport, Long Island: A Socially Distant Diva,” performed with soprano April Martin, won First Place in the 2021 virtual songSLAM competition, sponsored by Sparks & Wiry Cries. The team won $1,000 in prize money and Fein will have the opportunity to explore a mentorship with composer Tom Cipullo. Their winning entry can be heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INlH_gPD0ZM&feature=youtu.be

Fein spotlights Corigliano and Adamo’s work for Santa Fe Opera Guild

The music of John Corigliano, whose opera, The Lord of Cries, is scheduled to receive its world premiere at the Santa Fe Opera in 2021, is profiled in a Santa Fe Opera Guild webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 29. “The Red Violin to The Lord of Cries: John Corigliano’s Music” is presented by composer and educator Evan Fein, whose doctoral dissertation was the first comprehensive analysis of Corigliano’s celebrated 1991 opera The Ghosts of Versailles.


Fein among winners of Juventas New Music Ensemble’s 2020 Call for Scores

Juventas is proud to present the winners of our 2020 Call for Scores!

Tamila Ahodova -Without You
Michael Markowski- Unfamiliar Territory
Daniel Cueto- Kimsa Harawicha
Chun-Hay Shing- Moon Over West River
Evan Fein- Untranslatable


These composers were selected from a large pool of over 200 submissions from around the world and we are excited to share their emerging voices with you! Juventas has the pleasure of performing works in our 2020-2021 season.

“Inner Hearing” published by Theodore Presser.

Fein’s new sight singing method book, Inner Hearing was released in August, 2020 by Theodore Presser Company.


Created for his own teaching needs at The Juilliard School, Evan Fein’s unique method presents a series of sequential building blocks to train aural skills through brief exercises, followed by original practice melodies.

  • INNER HEARING is based on the ease of learning repeated patterns.
  • Intervals are introduced in an intuitive order designed to smooth the challenges of advancing content.
  • Over 400 melodic exercises are presented in treble and bass clef, in major and minor keys.
  • Rhythmic and harmonic challenges also progress in gradual increments.
  • INNER HEARING is equally ideal for traditional classrooms, online learning, or self-directed study.