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
Founding artistic co-director

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 
founding artistic co-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. Recently she was chosen to participate as Fellow in the 2018 Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. She has also studied at the Baldwin Wallace Art Song Festival and was a Schubert Fellow at Songfest

 
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Samantha martin
2018 festival intern

Samantha Martin, a Music Business and Performance double major at the Crane School of Music is excited to experience the administrative side of Art Song at the 2018 Source Song Festival. After experiencing the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar in Potsdam NY, Samantha has found a passion for all types of Art Song, specifically American and cannot wait to learn more!