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2022 PROGRAM DATES: JULY 16-23
Application is now closed. 2023 Application will open in the winter of 2022.
Acceptance Notifications have been sent through your Acceptd portal as of 4/15/22!
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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 (learn more about repertoire) by March 25, 2022. 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 16-23, 2022.
We do offer scholarships and financial assistance! Please explore how an applicant can apply for an application fee waiver and make sure to allow 24 - 48 hours for a response to any fee waiver inquiries. To learn more about full program scholarships awarded once a student is accepted to the program, please email email@example.com.
Health & Safety:
The Great American Songbook Foundation will resume normal in-person operations for Songbook Academy 2022. Staff continue to closely monitor the national COVID-19 situation and will follow all local and federal health and safety guidelines in planning a 2022 program format that will prioritize the health and safety of all members of the Songbook community. To keep our community safe, all participants in this summer’s program must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Click here to learn more or check for updates on our Health & Safety Plan.
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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 including Tony and Grammy-winning artists, actors who have starred in Broadway shows like Hamilton, Mean Girls, and Wicked, jazz vocalists who have toured with groups like Postmodern Jukebox, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and The Manhattan Transfer, and professional musicians who have served as the personal music director for Frank Sinatra, Rita Moreno and Sammy Davis, Jr., just to name a few.
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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