Songbook Academy features 4 Carmel High School, 2 Zionsville Community High School students

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Four Carmel High School students, two Zionsville Community High School students and one Fishers resident are among the 40 students selected from 16 states to participate in the Great American Songbook Foundation’s 10th Songbook Academy. The annual summer music intensive is set for July 13-20 at the Songbook Foundation’s headquarters at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.

The CHS students are Jack Ducat, Sydney Greene, Morgan Koontz and Griffin Scott.

The ZCHS students are Cynthia Kauffman and Grace Tucker. Fishers resident Peter Fulton attends Colonial Christian High School. The only other Indiana student selected is Avon’s Samantha Shelton, Herron High School.

The 40 high school students were among hundreds of vocalists who submitted applications and video auditions to attend the week of workshops, master classes and mentoring by music industry professionals and respected university educators. Along with Songbook Foundation founder Michael Feinstein, past mentors have included Broadway stars Laura Osnes, Jarrod Spector and Eden Espinosa.

It is the only youth music program of its kind focused on the timeless standards of pop, jazz, Broadway and Hollywood. The Songbook Academy is sponsored nationally by the Efroymson Family Fund.

The week culminates in the Songbook Academy Finals, a July 20 performance and competition at the Palladium.

Awards are presented for excellence in several categories and top performers are invited to represent the Songbook Foundation and sing with Feinstein at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the nation’s top cabaret clubs.

Tickets go on sale June 7. To purchase, call 317-843-3800 or visit TheCenterPresents.org.

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