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2021 PROGRAM DATES: JULY 17-24
APPLICATION OPENS DECEMBER 15, 2020
EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE ($30 OFF APP FEE): FEBRUARY 15, 2021
FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2021
The Songbook Academy® is a national summer music intensive that provides pre-professional training for high school students who love to sing! Whether you prefer classic Broadway hits or jazz standards, there is music here for everyone. Don't believe us? Just ask 2016 alumna Julia Cooper who starred on this season of NBC's The Voice!
During the week-long intensive in Carmel, Indiana, students have the life-changing opportunity to learn from Award-winning music and theatre professionals, educators from the nation's top university performing arts programs, entertainment industry vocal coaches and music directors, and talented peers from across the country. By attending the Songbook Academy, students join a network that provides national performance opportunities year-round.
To apply for the program, singers submit video recordings of themselves performing two contrasting selections from the Great American Songbook by March 15, 2021. All Songbook Academy applicants receive written feedback from the screeners who assess their performances! Forty students will be invited to participate in a week-long performance intensive on the campus of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, the home of the Great American Songbook Foundation, from July 17-24, 2021.
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The 2020 Songbook Academy was successfully hosted in a virtual format with students and parents raving about their at-home Songbook experience. At this time, we expect that the 2021 program will return to in-person programming, but staff continue to closely monitor the national COVID-19 health emergency. Whatever this summer brings, “not even a pandemic can stop the Songbook.” – Sean Hodges (2020 alum)
WHY APPLY FOR THE SONGBOOK ACADEMY?
Learn in workshops and master classes with world-class mentors, including Broadway veterans, Grammy and Emmy winners, and educators from the country’s top collegiate arts programs. Past workshop topics have included vocal technique and vocal health; lyrics and phrasing; song interpretation; stage presence; improvisation; Songbook 101; auditioning for college arts programs; and more.
Click here for a list of past guest mentors who have starred in Broadway shows like Hamilton, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Wicked, toured with the legendary Vocal Jazz group Manhattan Transfer, served as the personal music director for Frank Sinatra, Rita Moreno and Sammy Davis, Jr., and more.
Why does Broadway's Laura Osnes think "this program opens doors for students"? Click here.
Broadway's Jarrod Spector (2016): "There's Nothing Quite Like the Songbook Academy"
Perform on the stage of the Palladium, an acoustically perfect, state-of-the art venue, for a sold-out audience. Share your talents with world-class mentors and receive their feedback and advice. Enjoy multiple opportunities to perform for audiences during the Songbook Academy week and beyond. Learn about opportunities to participate and perform in future Songbook events across the country.
Meet other young artists who share your passion for performing. Build a network of professional and university contacts. Join the Songbook Academy alumni network to stay connected to your Songbook peers and mentors and receive opportunities to learn about college programs; auditions; arts programs; scholarship information; access to professional network of contacts; and invitations to participate in regional Songbook events.
Want to hear what our alums have to say? Click here.
The Great American Songbook Foundation, founded by two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award nominated performer Michael Feinstein, is a 501 (c)(3) Grammy Museum cultural affiliate with a mission to inspire and educate by celebrating the music of the Great American Songbook. Now in its twelfth year, the Songbook Academy is the Foundation’s signature educational program.
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