Six area students selected for Songbook Academy

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Three Carmel High School students, Sophia Miller, Tara  Lacy and Griffin Scott, are among five Hamilton County student vocalists selected for the Great American Songbook Foundation’s annual Songbook Academy in Carmel, it was announced June 6. The other Hamilton County students are Peter Fulton, of Fishers who attends Colonial Christian School in Indianapolis, and Marissa Tappy, Noblesville High School. Zionsville Community High School’s Oliva Broadwater also was picked for the exclusive summer program.

The Songbook Academy was founded by five-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein and is in its ninth year. It is the only high school intensive in the United States focused on the timeless pop, jazz, Broadway and Hollywood standards, which is known the Great American Songbook. The 2018 Academy, sponsored nationally by the Central Indiana Community Foundation’s Efroymson Family Fund, is scheduled July 21-28 at the Songbook Foundation’s headquarters, the Center for the Performing Arts.

To apply for the week-long program, hundreds of young hopefuls submit audition videos for review by a panel of judges, who provide detailed personal feedback to every applicant. There are 40 students nationwide are selected each year to attend the Academy, an opportunity to experience workshops, master classes and mentoring from music industry professionals and university educators.

The week culminates in the July 28 Songbook Academy Finals, a performance and competition, July 28 at the 1,600-seat Palladium concert hall. Tickets go on sale June 15, at 317-843-3800 or TheCenterPresents.org.

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