Mentors, Clinicians & Music Directors


Songbook Academy students work with the best of the best when it comes to mentors, teachers and Songbook Academy staff.  From Music Directors to individual Vocal Coaches, Songbook Academy professionals are exceptional in their craft and their ability to guide young people passionate about performing the music of the Great American Songbook.


2019 mentors include:

 Read more about our 2019 Mentors here.


Past celebrity mentors have included:


Broadway Performers

  • Laura Osnes, Cinderella and Bandstand 
  • Eden Espinosa, Wicked and Rent
  • Jarrod Spector, Jersey Boys and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
  • Alex Gemignani, Currently in Broadway's Carousel
  • Fergie L. Philippe, currently on the National Tour of Hamilton
  • Becca Petersen, currently in Broadway's Mean Girls
  • Nat Zegree, Papermill's Million Dollar Quartet

Music Industry Stars

Jazz Vocalists

NYC, Stage & Screen


Vocal Coaches

 Our vocal coaches have served as music educators at top universities which have included educators that have served as faculty at University of Michigan’s Music Theatre Program, University of Indianapolis’ Vocal Studies and Music Programs, Western Michigan University, Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of the Performing Arts, Heritage Music Festival, North American Music Festival, and Indiana State School Music Association. They’ve even performed on opera, concert, and Musical Theatre stages from New York City’s Lincoln Center to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing!

Read about the 2019 Songbook Academy Vocal Coaches Here.  


Music Directors

Last but certainly not least, students are paired with a Music Director throughout the Songbook Academy week.  Far more than accompanists, the Songbook Academy Music Directors craft unique arrangements and provide expert musical coaching that enhances each finalist’s musical performance. They have worked with artists ranging from Frank Sinatra, Rita Moreno, Liza Minnelli, Lea Salonga, Chaka Khan, Marilyn Maye, and many more. They have served as conductors and Musical Directors for Broadway, National Tours, and have written orchestrations for various concert and television series with some of the country’s leading symphony orchestras.

Read about the 2019 Songbook Academy Music Directors Here. 


National Screeners

From the University of Michigan to New York City, meet this year's Songbook Academy screener team!

Read about the 2019 National Screeners Here