Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Competition

HIgh School Vocal Academy and Competition

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This is a free event.

  • Chris Lewis, director

Event Details

Promising high school vocalists from around the region will perform songs from Broadway, Hollywood musicals and the Tin Pan Alley era, competing for a chance to sing in NYC with Michael Feinstein himself.  Ten finalists will be announced at the end of the evening.

The two-fold mission of the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative is to bring the music of the Great American Songbook to young people today and to preserve it for future generations.

The Great American Songbook Vocal Academy & Competition began in 2009, and is the only competition in the United States based solely on music from Broadway, Hollywood musicals and the Tin Pan Alley era of the early to mid-twentieth century.

Students from across the country participate in a competitive audition process for the chance to attend 2-day regional academies and competitions. Winners from these regional events will travel to the Indianapolis area for a five-day comprehensive “boot-camp” June 12 -16, on interpreting and performing the music of the Great American Songbook. Led by local and national celebrity performers and professionals, workshops will cover topics ranging from breathing and microphone techniques to one-on-one coaching and master-classes. The classes are intended to prepare finalists for the Final Competition performance at the Palladium in Carmel, IN on June 16, 2012, when each student performs two songs and the top three winners will be announced. 

The first place winner receives $3000 and the chance of a lifetime: a trip to sing in New York City with five-time Grammy Award nominee, world-renowned performer and recording artist, and co-founder of the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, Michael Feinstein. 

Second place will receive $2000 and third place will receive $1500 towards continuing music education.

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