The Songbook Academy®
The Songbook Academy is a national summer intensive for high school-aged singers who have an interest in classic Broadway, jazz and popular music, also referred to as the American Songbook. Students have the opportunity to work with music industry pros, award winning singers and performers, educators from top University music and theater programs, and talented peers from across the country for a life-changing week of professional training and performance opportunities.
Forty students will be invited to participate in the week-long 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.
Songbook Academy Application Dates and Deadlines
- December 15: Application opens on Acceptd
- February 15: Early bird application deadline ($30 off)
- March 15: Final application deadline
- April 15: Acceptance notifications
How to record during COVID-19: Your safety is our top priority and we want you to feel comfortable recording your songs for your Songbook Academy 2021 application. We understand that you may normally perform with a live accompanist, and that due to social distancing or health concerns this may not be possible. We encourage you to find a suitable backing track or have your accompanist record a separate track to perform with. Check out our Top Ten Strategies for a Successful Self-Tape.
Active high school students (as of January 1, 2021) who are U.S. residents and live in the fifty continental United States are invited to apply.
To apply for the program, singers submit video recordings of themselves performing two contrasting selections from the Great American Songbook (learn more about repertoire criteria). All Songbook Academy applicants receive written feedback from the screeners who assess their performances, regardless of acceptance status.
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