Who We Are

Source began over the Atlantic Ocean as an idea between the duo of pianist Mark Bilyeu & Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano, on their way back home to Minneapolis after a summer of song festivals across the globe.  Inspired by their time working with world-class mentors, they asked themselves “why did we have to do all this traveling when there is so much talent right in our own backyard?”  Since that question, they have worked tirelessly to create an experience for other duos, composers and audience members that will strengthen the community where they live, love, and continue to learn.

Mark Bilyeu, Artistic Director

 photo by Elliot Mandel

photo by Elliot Mandel

Lauded as a “superb partner” by schubert.org, pianist Mark Bilyeu has proven himself a talented and versatile musician. With a passion for words, engagement, and collaboration, the Chicago native is in-demand as a recital partner, and his dedication to Song has resulted in the Source Song Festival.   He has been seen on stages throughout the Midwest, across the country, and around the globe....


Clara Osowski, Associate Artistic Director

Hailed for her artistry and “rich and radiant” voice (Urban Dial Milwaukee), Clara Osowski shares her musicianship equally between the opera stage and recital hall.  She was a 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Upper-Midwest Regional Finalist, runner-up in the 2012 Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition, the winner of the 2014 Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artists Competition, and the second place winner of the 2015 American Prize: Women in Art Song...

emily riley, festival administrator

Considered a "vocal standout" by The Washington Post, soprano Emily Riley finds herself at home on the concert and operatic stage. She was an Encouragement Award recipient from the Metropolitan Opera Council DC District Auditions in 2014. That same year, Emily participated in the Baldwin Wallace Art Song Festival and was a Schubert Fellow at Songfest in Los Angeles, CA...