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Great American Songbook Foundation

Songbook Academy Showcase 2023

The Palladium // Thursday, Jul 20, 2pm ET

Songbook Academy Showcase 2023

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The annual Songbook Academy® summer intensive is the nation's leading youth music program focused on the timeless standards of jazz, pop, Broadway and Hollywood. Now in its 14th year, the Songbook Academy is the flagship education initiative of the Great American Songbook Foundation. Each year 40 top high school vocalists are selected from hundreds of applicants to experience a life-changing week of classes, workshops and performances under the guidance of arts and entertainment professionals and leading university educators.


In this free performance open to the public, all 40 of the 2023 finalists will perform one song on the Palladium stage. This year's showcase will take place before a live audience and also will be streamed for national audiences.



General seating on-site tickets and livestream registration are pay-what-you-can with no minimum price.


For this event, any amount you choose to contribute will help to sustain the Songbook Academy for generations to come. 


Beginning May 23, tickets for this event can be reserved online or by calling (317) 843-3800. Tickets may also be obtained in person at the Fifth Third Bank Box Office, 1 Carter Green, Carmel.  


This year’s Songbook Academy finalists are:

Natalie Barker, Shreveport, Louisiana

Sophia Beers, Glendale, California

Maddie Begin, Wellington, Florida

Elizabeth Buening, Indianapolis, Indiana

Madeleine Burnett-Caballero*, Taylor, Alabama

Emily Chavez, Los Angeles, California

Elle Cohen, Exeter, New Hampshire

Stella Cushing*, Mill Valley, California

Jane Delahoussaye, Sugar Land, Texas

Eve Hodges, Zionsville, Indiana

Emma Hornbecker, Lebanon, Indiana

Emma Hudson, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Seth Jacobsen*, Carmel, Indiana

Ananya Kaushal*, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Edin Kebede*, New Albany, Ohio

Grace Kiamie*, Pelham Manor, New York

Alexander Kim*, Laguna Niguel, California

Elana Kirwan, Reston, Virginia

Ava Lee, Avon, Indiana

Jackson Manning, Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Dean Marino, Sugar Land, Texas

Alvina Mastakar, Terre Haute, Indiana

Clara Grace McGough, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania

Hawkins Meek*, Los Angeles, California

Sophia Parigi, Gretna, Louisiana

Ella Patras, Furlong, Pennsylvania

Jordan Pecar, Carmel, Indiana

Amanda Phifer, Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Luke Pirruccello, Los Angeles, California

Craig Reynolds, Lebanon, Indiana

Emerson Riley, Burbank, California

William Daniel Russell, Westwood, Massachusetts

Lily Schloss, North Liberty, Iowa

Trevor Schonman, River Forest, Illinois

Vivienne Smith, Indianapolis, Indiana

Tyler Steffen, Madisonville, Louisiana

J’lan Stewart, Kokomo, Indiana

Abigayle Kate Gatton Stokes, Lexington, Kentucky

Cooper Trigg*, Monrovia, Indiana

Sophia Yen*, Burr Ridge, Illinois


*designates alumni


Special thanks:

The Songbook Academy receives generous support from the City of Carmel and the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Mentor Champions, who support the involvement of a national faculty of music directors and professional vocal coaches.