Songbook Academy Finals

See tomorrow’s musical stars in the making July 20 when 40 of the nation’s most talented high school-age vocalists perform and compete in the annual Songbook Academy® Finals at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets go on sale June 7 for the concert, the culmination of the Great American Songbook Foundation’s weeklong music intensive. Now in its 10th year, Songbook Academy is the only youth program focused on the timeless pop, jazz, Broadway, and Hollywood standards known as the Great American Songbook.

About the program

Forty finalists – hailing from Indiana, California, New York, and 13 other states – have been selected from among hundreds of applicants to spend a rigorous, life-changing week this summer at the Center, home of the Songbook Foundation. From July 13 to 20, they will experience workshops, masterclasses, and mentoring from performing arts professionals and respected university educators, led by five-time Grammy® nominee and Foundation founder Michael Feinstein.

During the closing concert at 7 p.m. July 20, all 40 participants will perform before a live audience, and the Top 10 are evaluated by a panel of judges. Awards are presented for excellence in several categories, and top performers are invited to represent the Songbook Foundation and sing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the nation’s top cabaret clubs. The Songbook Academy Finals concert is sponsored by Current Publishing LLC and is part of the Center’s 2019-20 Season sponsored by Allied Solutions.

Tickets and information

Tickets starting at $25 go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 7, available by phone at (317) 843-3800, online at and at the Palladium Box Office, 1 Center Green, Carmel.


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