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February 19, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 15, 2010; JUDGES ANNOUNCED
INDIANAPOLIS The deadline for applications for the 2010 Great American Songbook High School Academy and Competition has been extended from February 28 to March 15, 2010. Currently enrolled high school students from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Wisconsin are eligible. Ten finalists will be chosen by the end of April and invited to the Great American Songbook Academy and Competition at the University of Indianapolis, June 2-6, 2010.
In June, finalists will learn about the history, music and performance techniques of music from the Broadway, Hollywood musical theatre and Tin Pan Alley era of the early to mid-20th century, known as the "Great American Songbook." The judges, University of Indianapolis faculty and other music professionals will conduct classes and help prepare finalists for the final competition performance on Saturday, June 5, at University of Indianapolis' Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. The center's acoustically superior Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, a 500-seat Viennese-style concert space, has been hailed as one of the finest of its kind in the Midwest.
After finalists each sing two songs, judges will announce first, second and third place winners immediately following the June 5th performance. Second and third place winners receive $500 each towards continuing music education. The first place winner will be invited to sing in New York City at Feinstein's at the Regency.
This year's judges include:
Michael Feinstein -- Broadway star, international performer and recording artist, and co-founder Michael Feinstein Foundation.
Sylvia McNair two-time Grammy Award winner and world-renowned star of the opera, oratorio, cabaret and musical theater; currently teaching at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Susan Powell former Miss America (1981) from Oklahoma is a popular performer not only in opera, concert and theatre stages around the world, but also hosted her own series on The Discovery Channel called Home Matters for 12 seasons.
Catherine Russell an internationally renowned jazz and blues singer whose father served as Louis Armstrong's longtime music director; she recently ended a tour with Steely Dan.
Richard Walters a composer, arranger, pianist, vocal coach and vice president of classical and vocal publications at Hal Leonard Corporation.
"I am so honored to be judging the 2010 GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMY & COMPETITION," said Susan Powell. "Michael's vision of the continuation of American heritage through our songbook is an inspiration to us all. It will be a privilege to hear these wonderful, young performers bring new life into such a rich history."
Participants in the 2009 inaugural event described it as a life-changing experience.
"I have fallen in love with this music all over again," said 2009 Competition Winner Julia Bonnett, a graduate from Carmel High School, Carmel, Indiana. "With [music from] the Great American Songbook, you're not playing a character, you can be yourself."
By March 15, 2010, applicants must send:
-- one completed copy of application form
-- two copies of two songs from a recommended list of Great American Songbook composers on CDs
-- color photo (preferably portrait)
-- $50 application fee (scholarships may be available upon request)
Application forms are available to download from the Web site: www.MichaelFeinsteinFoundation.org. For more information, contact Gail Payne, manager of the Great American Songbook Academy and Competition, 317.985.5523 or e-mail Gail@TheGoodsLife.com.
The Great American Songbook Academy and Competition is presented by the Michael Feinstein Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook. Its mission is to preserve and gain appreciation of the great American music, lyrics, culture, history and artists created during the 20th century for present and future generations; to prevent the lack, and eventual loss, of awareness, enjoyment and exposure of great American popular song for youngsters today and future generations.