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The Art Song Center for Poets and Musicians is a newly-formed organization based in San Antonio, Texas to promote and revitalize the importance of Art Song - with a specific focus on the poetry as well as the music. The organization emerged from our perception that the art song was becoming increasingly less known and recognized by poets and musicians and that it needed to be returned to the forefront of artistic consciousness in the worlds of literature and music.

Artistic Staff

Ruth C. Friedberg


Ruth C. Friedberg is the founding spirit behind the Art Song Center for Poets and Musicians. She has had a long career as a concert pianist, university teacher, and author. Among her publications are the first and second editions of American Art Song and American Poetry and the fifteen-volume series of Art Songs by American Women Composers. Friedberg is widely in demand for her lecture-recitals which combine her performing and academic interests. She has given these at the University Michigan, University of Arkansas, Duke University, University of Texas, Colorado State University, University of Calgary, Albright Institute in Jerusalem, Hong Kong Baptist College, and throughout Latin America.

Founder & Artistic Advisor


Often in demand as a performer, Dr. Lindquist is a renowned collaborator who has worked with an array of singers, instrumentalists, choirs, chamber ensembles, and symphony orchestras. As a champion of new music, she has worked with such notable composers as Jake Heggie, Tobias Picker, and John Harbison. She maintains an active performing schedule with the San Antonio Symphony, Opera San Antonio, and CMASH, a repertory group focused on new works and fostering long-term collaborative relationships between composers and performers. Dr. Lindquist has a private coaching studio and is an avid recitalist, passionate about promoting the works of living American composers and preserving and revitalizing art song repertoire.

Artistic & Executive Director

Cheryl Cellon Lindquist


The Art Song Center for Poets and Musicians offers many programs and immersive experiences both

collaborative and inspiring!


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Ryan Allais acts as a part-time media consultant for the Art Song Center for Poets and Musicians. He has 8 years of experience in web design and branding. 

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