Meet Our Songbook Youth Ambassador


Lily Rasmussen

“She can drive a tractor, wrangle farm animals, and sing and dance her heart out.” 


The Great American Songbook Foundation is proud to introduce you to our 2018 Songbook Youth Ambassador, Lily Rasmussen, from Lexington, Kentucky.  A recent graduate of the School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Lily is looking forward to attending Marymount Manhattan College (previously attended by 2015 Songbook Youth Ambassador, Maddie Baillio) in New York City this fall to pursue a degree in musical theatre.  In the future, Lily would like to be “a performer on the Broadway stage that little small-town girls like myself can look up to”.  We personally think she’s already on her way…


Though she has always loved to sing and burst out into song spontaneously throughout her childhood, Lily is actually a dancer first!  She began dancing at the age of three and hasn't stopped since with extensive training in a wide variety of dance styles such as ballet, tap, jazz and modern. In the last 5 years, she has picked up classical and musical theatre voice and performed in a variety of regional and professional venues in musical productions and national competitions. Lily has found that she is “more confident in who I am and what I have to offer because of music. Singing has brought me out of my shell and made me the person that I am today." 


Fun fact: Lily’s favorite Songbook artist is Judy Garland.  She claims that some of her earliest memories are of Judy’s performances, specifically her rendition of “I Don’t Care” from In the Good Old Summertime, which Lily notes as her inspiration and life philosophy since she was a little girl. 




As the winner of the Songbook Academy, Lily received the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to perform with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy award nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein, Founder of the Great American Songbook Foundation.  Lily will serve as the Songbook Youth Ambassador for one year, and will have opportunities to represent the Songbook Foundation and perform at a variety of venues during that time. 


Some of those opportunities will include:

– Songbook Celebration Gala, September 15, Carmel, IN

– National Anthem at Indianapolis Colts Game, Date TBD, Indianapolis, IN

- Various concert appearances throughout the year with Songbook Foundation Founder, Michael Feinstein, Date and Locations TBD

– Songbook Academy, July 2019, Carmel, IN