The Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition provides young singers with the life-changing opportunity to work with music industry professionals to experience firsthand the uniquely American and culturally significant music known as the Great American Songbook.
The Songbook Vocal Competition is a celebration of the Golden Age of American Popular music. This program is the only high school vocal competition in the U.S. dedicated solely to the music from Broadway, Hollywood musicals and the Tin Pan Alley era of the early to mid-twentieth century. (1920’s – 1960’s)
The songwriters of the Great American Songbook translated positive values and an optimistic spirit into the soundtrack of American life. These values are as true and applicable today as they ever have been.
Regional finalists for the 2014 competition will be selected from the following eligible states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
High school students from any one of the 31 eligible states are invited to submit audio recordings of two contrasting songs from the Great American Songbook genre. See FAQs for Great American Songbook resources. Every applicant will receive written feedback on their audition submission from the initial panel of judges, made up of music educators and industry professionals.
The Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador will receive $3,000 and the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to perform with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award nominated entertainer and founder of the Feinstein Initiative, Michael Feinstein. The Youth Ambassador will serve for one year and will have opportunities to perform throughout the year.
With other cash prizes and the amazing feedback from top voice pros, the Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition is a fabulous opportunity for high school students ready to embark on a career singing the standards of the American Songbook.