Where are our alums now?

Songbook Academy is just the start for our All-Stars!  We have alums performing or competing or accomplishing something exciting every day whether it is at a Summer Stock Theatre or at Feinstein's/54 Below in NYC.  Here are a few highlights that will give you a sense of some of their amazing experiences and opportunities since taking part in Songbook Academy here in Carmel, IN...


From NBC to Broadway

Maddie Baillio (2014 Songbook Youth Ambassador) starred as Tracy Turnblad in NBC Live's production of “Hairspray” in 2016.

Tyler Huckstep (2010), a recent graduate from University of Cincinnati, was cast in the world premiere of “The Sting” with Harry Connick, Jr. at Papermill Playhouse, and was a part of the national tour of “Shrek: the Musical”.

Annie Yokom (2010 Songbook Youth Ambassador) released her single “It’s a Good Day” in June 2018.

Jillian Slade (2010 & 2012) is apart of a Acoustic pop/folk duo “Shawn and Jill”. They recently released their first EP “The Beginning” in April of 2018.  

Nick Ziobro (2012 Songbook Ambassador) and Julia Goodwin (2013 Songbook Youth Ambassador) recently performed at the Center of the Performing Arts in Carmel, IN in April of 2018 alongside Foundation founder, Michael Feinstein. This is just one of their many performances together as a duo.   

Nia Savoy (2015) was the winner of the 2018 AmericanPops inaugural NextGen: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow Competition.

Jennifer Barnett (2016) is the winner of two 2018 Downbeat magazine awards for Blues/Pop/Rock Vocal Soloist and Outstanding Performance for Jazz Soloist.

Helena Belftrao (2016) was featured on Alper Tuzcu’s cover of “La Casa De Papel” which was released on Spotify

Joie Bianco (2016 & 2017) performed at the 2017 New York Cabaret Convention, released a demo “Raggy Waltz/Take5” on Soundcloud, and was the winner of the 2017 Julie Wilson Award.

Morgan Demetre (2017 & 2018) recently appeared in two Netflix series "Everything Sucks!" and can be seen in Season 2 of "American Vandal".


Alums Pursuing a Degree in the Arts

We don't have all of our alums pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in the Arts listed here, but this is a great start!  Make sure you look them up if you're visiting one of the Universities below.

Arizona State University - Gigi Sierra (2015, 2016)

Baldwin Wallace University - Milla Guerra (2014)

Ball State University - Megan (Huckstep) Kaur (2009 Songbook Celebration Award Winner)

Belmont University- Taylor Bickett (2017), Wilson Smith (2017), Samual Mulligan (2016, Inspiration Award Winner), Eliza Christie (2016)

Berklee College of Music - Helena Belftrao (2016), Dominic Lipari (2016)

Boston Conservatory - Graduated: Maya Jacobson (2013)

University of California, Los Angeles - Finn Sagal (2017 Songbook Youth Ambassador)

Capital University - Jacob Stuckert (2014), Graduated: Grace Wipfli (2013)

Carnegie Mellon University - Graduated: Jordan Plutzer (2014), Annie Yokom (2010 Songbook Youth Ambassador)

University of Central Florida - Graduated: Nick Drivas (2014)

Cincinatti College-Conservatory of Music - Graduated: Tyler Huckstep (2009)

Elon University - Audrey Trullinger (2016, 2017), Graduated: Renée La Schiazza (2012)

Florida International University - Graduated: Melinda Rose Rodriguez (2013)

Howard University - Nia Savoy (2015)

University of Illinois - Masters in Jazz Performance: Melinda Rose Rodriguez (2013)

Indiana University- Tara Lacy (2017, 2018), Cole Winston (2015-2017, Songbook Inspiration Award Winner), Lucas Debard (2015 Songbook Youth Ambassador), Kate Swaney (2015), April Varner (2015), Graduated: Julia Bonnet (2009 Songbook Youth Ambassador)

Ithaca College - Adam Kruschwitz (2014, 2015)

University of Louisiana Monroe - Leah Huber (2015)

Loyola University Chicago - Sophia Manternach (2015)

Marymount Manhattan - Lily Rasmussen (2018 Songbook Youth Ambassador), Marissa Tappy (2018), Attended: Maddie Baillio (2014 Songbook Youth Ambassador)

University of Miami - Gabe Schonman (2018), Valentina Shelton (2018), Maddy Seitles (2017), Graduated: Hannah Walpole (2013)

University of Michigan - Cinderella Ksebati (2017), Nina White (2016), Hannah Vogelsang (2015, Celebration Award Winner), Graduated: Jillian Slade (2010 & 2012) 

Millikin University - Sophie Miller (2018), Will Koski (2016)

State University of New York - Genevieve Ellis (2013)

University of Northern Colorado - Kelly Maur (2016), Logan Rains (2015)

Oberlin Conservatory of Music - Weston Clark (2017), Caitlin Aloia (2015), Matthew Straw (2015)

Oklahoma City University - Melissa Campbell (2016), Jessica Vanek (2016, Top 10), Taylor Moran (2015), Jennie Rupp (2018)

Otterbein University - Emma Shine (2016)

Pace University - Graduated: Sage Melcher (2012)

Rider University - Graduated: Nick Ziobro (2012 Songbook Youth Ambassador)

Santa Clara University - Alec Melosini (2016-2018)

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - Graduated: Kaitlin Reynell (2013)

Stanford University - Johnny Rabe (2018)

Syracuse University - Ariana Prappas (2018), Julia Goodwin (2013 Songbook Youth Ambassador), Emma Roos (2013)

Texas Christian University - Elizabeth Ross (2015 & 2016)

Texas State University - Grayson Samuels (2015)

Tulane University - Alex Eisenberg (2016)

Webster University - Viktor Freesmeier (2016)

Wright State University - Austin Gladstone (2016)

Yale College - Adrianne Owings (2014)