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About the Program

The Songbook Academy is an eight-day experience that takes place each July at a world-class performance facility in Central Indiana. Forty talented high school students are selected from a national application process to participate in this life-changing week of education and performances.


Learn from the best: The Songbook Academy is widely known for its top-notch faculty of coaches and mentors from every corner of the performance industry and prestigious university music programs. Adding to an impressive roster of past guests including Tony, Emmy and GRAMMY winners, these seasoned professionals lead workshops, masterclasses, and lectures carefully crafted to support the individual growth of each young vocalist.


Browse past mentors.



Hone your craft: Students will dive deep into vocal technique, vocal health, song interpretation and analysis, phrasing from the lyric, stage presence, mic technique, vocal styles, movement for singers, and much more to foster not only technical skills, but personal growth, self-confidence, and individual artistry.


Explore a sample schedule.



Receive personalized coaching: Though workshops and masterclasses will involve the full cohort of forty students, most of the core educational work takes place in an intimate setting led by a personal vocal coach, music director and “team” of eight students. This maximizes the opportunity for individual focus while deepening peer and mentor bonds.


See a workshop.




Perform on a world-class stage: As a highlight of the week, students get to step into the spotlight on a state-of-the-art concert stage in several performances open to the public and live-streamed for national audiences. Every student sings a solo song in a special Showcase event and the week culminates in a dynamic musical revue of solos, team medleys and group production numbers.


Replay past performances.



Join a lifelong community: Songbook Academy alumni become part of a vibrant community of like-minded peers, professionals and university contacts who can provide support, inspiration, and invaluable resources throughout their musical journeys.


Meet an alum.




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Read the full 2024 Songbook Academy Program Guidelines. Accepted students will review and agree to these guidelines during the registration process.