Performances

The Center presents

Songbook Academy Finals

at the Palladium

Saturday, July 22 at 7pm



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The Great American Songbook Foundation’s annual Songbook Academy® brings together the nation’s top high school vocalists for an intensive week of workshops and master classes with Broadway performers and other industry professionals under the guidance of five-time Grammy® winner Michael Feinstein, founder of the Foundation and Artistic Director for the Center for the Performing Arts. Participants are chosen from among hundreds of young hopefuls who submit audition videos for scoring by a panel of screeners. Each receives detailed personal feedback, but only 40 make the cut to attend.

The climactic Songbook Academy Finals concert features group performances by all 40 participants and solo spots by 10 finalists, who are selected during the week to vie for the coveted title of Songbook Youth Ambassador for the year and the opportunity to perform with Feinstein in some of the nation’s most esteemed venues.

The 2017 participants are:

Joie Bianco, Staten Island, NY
Talent Unlimited High School, NYC

Taylor Bickett, Carmel, IN
Carmel High School

Yarden Borshevsky-Barr, Friendswood, TX
Friendswood High School

Logan Branch, East Greenwich, RI
East Greenwich High School

Lucy Breedlove, Vienna, VA
James Madison High School

Haley Burgh, Greenwood, IN
Center Grove High School

Weston Clark, Zionsville, IN
Park Tudor High School, Indianapolis

Kayla Daubenspeck, Lebanon, IN
Lebanon High School

Morgan Demetre, Portland, OR
Cleveland High School

Elizabeth DeVoto, St. Louis, MO
Nerinx Hall High School

Hayden Elefante, Zionsville, IN 
Zionsville Community High School

Matt Engelken, Dubuque, IA
Hempstead High School

Emily Estep, Fresno, CA
University High School

Mathew Fedorek, Finleyville, PA
Lincoln Parks Performing Arts Charter School, Midland, PA

Caleb Freeman, Webb City, MO
Webb City High School

Sofia Gonzalez, San Gabriel, CA
Alverno High School

Cynthia Kauffman, Zionsville, IN
Zionsville Community High School

Cinderella Ksebati, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Grosse Pointe South High School

Tara Lacy, Carmel, IN
Carmel High School

Sara Lewandowski, Sylvania, OH
Sylvania Northview High School

Ella Marcus, New York, NY
Fiorello LaGuardia High School

Alec Melosini, Trabuco Canyon, CA
Santa Margarita Catholic High School 

Jonathan Mitzenmacher, Miami, FL
Coral Reef Senior High School

Anja Reese, Carmel, IN
Carmel High School

Finnian Sagal, La Cañada Flintridge, CA
La Cañada High School

Jared Sayers, Lexington, KY
Lafayette Senior High School

Adriana Scalice, Penfield, NY
Penfield High School

Madeline Seitles, East Moriches, NY
Westhampton Beach High School

Isabella Shiff, Glendale, CA
Lycee International de Los Angeles

Joseph Silva, Reseda, CA
Notre Dame High School

Wilson Smith, Greenwood, IN
Center Grove High School

Sami Staitman, Woodland Hills, CA
Calabasas High School

Lexi Staubi, Darien, CT
Darien High School

Zoë Stewart, Mendon, MA
Home-schooled

Lydia Talamante, Herndon, VA
Oakton High School

Audrey Trullinger, Ambler, PA
Mount Saint Joseph Academy

Emily Tschirhart, Ann Arbor, MI
Community High School

Grace Tucker, Zionsville, IN
Zionsville Community High School

George Walker, Decatur, IL
Eisenhower High School

Cole Winston, Hartland, WI
Arrowhead High School


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