New Vocal Collection from Alfred Music Showcasing the “Father of American Music”

Stephen Foster

Los Angeles, CA—January 2017
Alfred Music, the leading publisher in music education since 1922, is happy to announce the release of The Stephen Foster Collection for solo voice and piano arranged by Mark Hayes. This stunning collection features 10 favorite early American songs in medium high and medium low voice editions.

Often referred to as the “Father of American Music,” Stephen Collins Foster penned some of America’s most enduring songs. Background information by Kathleen Ballantyne is included illuminating each song’s significance and its historical roots. This exquisite collection offers piano/vocal arrangements of some of his most well-known songs such as “Beautiful Dreamer,” “Oh! Susanna,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” and many more.

Beautifully arranged, Mark Hayes adds his touch to this quintessential repertoire perfect for recitals, concerts, and contests. Every song is thoughtfully arranged creating the perfect platform for a uniquely expressive performance.

“Camptown Races,” one of Foster’s earliest hits, is one of 10 iconic and beloved classics included in The Stephen Foster Collection. Energetic and playful, “Camptown Races” embodies the illicit excitement of betting on horse racing, while Hayes incorporates some humor as the verse plods along with frequent stops and starts before settling into a jaunty waltz feel at the chorus. Both medium high and low voice editions can also be purchased with an accompaniment CD including all 10 tracks performed by Mark Hayes.

The Stephen Foster Collection is available for $26.99 at music retail stores, online retailers, and alfred.com.