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The Songbook Academy. Three photos from the Songbook Academy events. Michael Feinstein works with a student in a floral dress. A young Black woman with braids sings in purple lighting and a group of young singers stand in a line and sing.

Public Events and Performances 

Songbook Academy 2023


From hundreds of applications nationwide, 40 finalists from 16 states have been selected to participate in this year’s Songbook Academy® summer intensive, the leading youth music program focused on the timeless standards of jazz, pop, Broadway and Hollywood. 


Join us for three public performance events at the Center’s Palladium concert hall. Each will take place before a live audience and live-streamed for viewers worldwide.


  • Public Masterclass – 2 - 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 19
    Ten randomly selected participants will perform and receive real-time critiques from Michael Feinstein and a guest mentor.

  • Songbook Showcase – 2 - 5 p.m. ET Thursday, July 20
    Each of the 40 national finalists will have a turn in the spotlight to perform a selected song.

  • Songbook Academy in Concert – 7 p.m. ET Saturday, July 22
    Michael Feinstein will emcee as all 40 singers deliver solo and ensemble performances to demonstrate and celebrate their growth over the course of the week.


Tickets Available Now:

Tickets for the week's events can be reserved online or by calling (317) 843-3800. Tickets may also be obtained in person at the Fifth Third Bank Box Office, 1 Carter Green, Carmel.  




Special thanks


The Songbook Academy receives generous support from the City of Carmel and the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Mentor Champions, who support the involvement of a national faculty of music directors and professional vocal coaches.