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Frequently Asked Questions


These are some of the most common questions we receive from prospective Songbook Academy students and families. If you don’t find the answer to your question here, please reach out to our staff at


Application Process


Is this program only for jazz and cabaret singers? No, the Great American Songbook covers a wide range of musical styles and can be interpreted in many ways, making it suitable for singers who excel in various genres. Participants are selected based on their individual talents and strengths, regardless of genre.


Can rising high school freshmen participate? The program is open to students in grades 9-12. Eighth-grade students will need to wait a year to apply but can still attend in-person or online events open to the public.


As an alum, can I reapply? Yes! Many students return for two and three years as each summer’s mentors and workshops offer new opportunities for growth. A reminder that being an alum does not guarantee acceptance to the program when reapplying, especially as screeners rotate and alumni status is not included in adjudication.


What is the application process and when will I hear if I am accepted? The application process involves submitting a form and audition videos by March 24, 2024, via GetAcceptd, with acceptance notifications sent out by April 17, 2024. Screening feedback will closely follow acceptance information. Learn more.


What are the costs and financial aid options? Tuition, housing, meals, and transportation are incorporated in the $1,000 program fee. There is also a $50 fee to apply. Financial aid options, including fee waivers and full program scholarships, are available. Learn more.


Where can I find appropriate songs or sheet music? Visit the Songbook Selections page for song ideas. To find sheet music, check local libraries, online music websites, or contact for original sheet music.


Program Details


Where does Songbook Academy week take place? The program is hosted at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, about 30 minutes from downtown Indianapolis and the Indianapolis International Airport. Preview the concert venue!


Is attendance for the entire week required? Yes, finalists must participate in all events during Academy Week, including workshops, classes, rehearsals, and performances.


Where do participants stay during the week? Finalists stay in dormitory housing on the Butler University campus, which offers accessible accommodations. Staying in the dorms is mandatory for all finalists, including students who may live locally.


Can my family come with me? Family members are invited to attend portions of the week but are responsible for their housing and meals. Workshops and classes are mostly closed to the public, but family members can attend the Public Masterclass, Showcase and Songbook Academy in Concert, which typically take place starting midweek through Saturday.


Who are the mentors? The program features world-class performers as coaches and mentors. While the 2024 mentors have yet to be announced, information about past mentors can be found on the Faculty & Mentors page.


What kinds of workshops are held during Songbook Academy Week? Workshops cover various topics, including vocal technique, song interpretation, stage presence, and more. Participants also have one-on-one coaching sessions and group rehearsals with their individual coaches. See a sample schedule.


What are the performance opportunities during the week? Participants perform solo songs in the Songbook Showcase and are also featured in team medleys and large group production numbers during Songbook Academy in Concert. There is also the possibility of solo performances during the concert. This selection process will take place midweek. Check out past performances!


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