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.


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


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.  


Vocal Coaches

Students also work with and are screened by top university and music educators, 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.


Read about the 2018 Songbook Academy Vocal Coaches Here.  2019 Team coming soon!


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, make interpretive changes ranging from subtle to profound, adjust keys, make ballads into up-tempos, and much more. In addition to providing expert musical coaching, they enhance each finalist’s musical selections to let him/her shine as an individual. The Songbook Academy is fortunate to work with some of the country’s leading pianists each summer.


Read about the 2018 Songbook Academy Music Directors Here. 2019 Team coming soon!