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Michael Feinstein launches 2014 American Songbook Competition

Online auditions now open to high school vocalists

CARMEL, IN (December 6, 2013) – Popular entertainer Michael Feinstein invites high school vocalists to enter the Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition. The application is available now for online submissions at www.FeinsteinInitiative.org. One student will be awarded the title of Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador, receive $3000, and the chance of a lifetime: A performance with entertainer Michael Feinstein, a two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award nominated musician, and founder of the competition.

Judges will select students for regional competitions, held in six cities across the country. The regional competitions, held May-June 2014, include a full day of workshops followed by an evening performance. Two finalists will be selected in each region. The 12 regional winners will be invited to the Feinstein Initiative’s headquarters in Carmel, IN, July 20-25, 2014, to participate in a five-day academy on interpreting and performing the music of the Great American Songbook. Five-time Grammy nominee, Michael Feinstein, and other top music industry professionals will conduct workshops and master classes throughout the week. The final competition performance will be held in the 1,600 seat Palladium concert hall at the Center for the Performing Arts.

Other awards include Songbook Inspiration Award and Songbook Celebration Award, each receiving $1000 toward continuing music education.

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.

Visit www.FeinsteinInitiative.org for competition rules and online application. The deadline to enter the competition is March 31,2014.

Media Links

Watch highlights of 2012 Academy & Competition: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNI4rB_S6w8

Watch promo for Vocal Competition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDtuVIFPdkI

Watch 2013 Winner, Julia Goodwin, perform at the Competition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJpSe-_EHk

Watch 2012 Winner, Nick Ziobro, perform at the Competition: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GwySr0qums

Read review of 2013 Final Competition performance: http://www.examiner.com/review/15-year-old-singer-wins-feinstein-vocal-competition

Read ‘Saving the Songbook’ – Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203806504577180851919293834.html

Read ‘Inside the Great American Songbook Competition’ – Broadway World: http://broadwayworld.com/article/Photo-Flash-Inside-the-Great-American-Songbook-Competition-20120622#

Information: www.FeinsteinInitiative.org

Information: www.TheCenterForThePerformingArts.org

CONTACT: Chris Lewis, Director of Vocal Academy and Competition 317-844-9446 / clewis@feinsteininitiative.org
CONTACT: John R. Hughey, The Center for the Performing Arts 317-660-3377 / jhughey@TheCenterPresents.org
B-roll: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEMDwagJ4Jw
Photos: www.flickr.com/photos/feinsteininitiative


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The two-fold mission of the Michael Feinstein Foundation is to bring the music of the Great American Songbook to young people today and to preserve it for future generations.


High school vocalists compete at Songbook regional
Public invited to free performance June 22 at 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR (June 14, 2013) – High school vocalists from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana will compete on Saturday, June 22 at a regional for the Great American Songbook Vocal Academy & Competition. Sponsored by the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, the annual endeavor is the only U.S. competition dedicated solely to the music from Broadway, Hollywood musicals and the Tin Pan Alley era of the early to mid-twentieth century.

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The Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition heads to Ann Arbor, MI, on June 22 for the last of five regional competition events across the country. We have met some incredibly talented young singers this year. Our top ten Songbook All-Stars will move on to the final round of competition this July 21-26 in Carmel, IN, at the Center for the Performing Arts, the official home of the Michael Feinstein Initiative. We have a world class panel of competition mentors this year, including Sylvia McNair, Sandi Patty, Jim Caruso, and Jane Monheit. The final competition performance will be held at the 1600 seat Palladium Concert Hall on July 26. Get your tickets now at www.thecenterpresents.org.


Songbook Hall of Fame names 2013 honorees Inductees include Sinatra, Minnelli, Moreno and Webb Celebration expands to include Friday, Saturday Silent and live auction.

The Center for the Performing Arts and the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative announce an expanded weekend lineup for the annual fundraising gala. The 2013 Encore Celebration Gala Weekend presented by Krieg DeVault is now two nights – Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29. The Friday evening event, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, includes a cocktail reception, dinner, auction and dancing, with the Saturday evening Songbook Hall of Fame performance and induction ceremony at the Palladium in Carmel. The live and silent auction also is a new addition to the annual event.

The Saturday evening of the gala weekend will feature Michael Feinstein as he inducts a new round of honorees as part of the Songbook Hall of Fame. The star-studded ceremony will honor the musical contributions of Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Rita Moreno and Jimmy Webb. Conceived as an enduring testament to the Great American Songbook’s artistic contributors, the Hall of Fame honors lyricists, composers and performers responsible for creating America’s soundtrack. Saturday evening will include a pre-show cocktail reception and post-show after party.

Feinstein, the Initiative’s founder and noted American Songbook ambassador, said the 2013 celebration builds on the Initiative’s goals. “We intentionally created the Hall of Fame to honor our country’s songwriters and artists,” said Feinstein, who also serves as the Center for the Performing Arts artistic director. “Sharing their music and recognizing their contributions ensures that our heritage endures for generations to come.”

The 2013 awards include:

Legend: Awarded posthumously to an artist who made a significant contribution to the Golden Age of American popular music, typically defined as the period from the early years of the 20th century through the 1960s. Inductees: Frank Sinatra, 2013; Cole Porter, 2012.

Songbook: Awarded to living songwriters, both lyricists and composers, who have made a significant impact on American pop culture by creating the most beloved songs from the American popular songbook. Inductees: Jimmy Webb, 2013; Alan and Marilyn Bergman, 2012.

New Standard: Awarded to the artist, songwriter and/or performer, who continues to create the soundtrack of our lives by writing and/or performing music that will stand the test of time and become the pop standards of tomorrow. Inductee: Liza Minnelli, 2013; Rita Moreno, 2013; Barry Manilow, 2012.

The gala weekend and Songbook Hall of Fame ceremony is presented by Krieg DeVault, First Merchants Bank and Katz, Sapper & Miller LLP, with support from Tom Wood Jaguar and Tom Wood Land Rover. The silent and live auction on Friday, June 28 will allow guests to bid on vacation packages, exotic trips, unique experiences and one-of-a-kind memorabilia from artists seen at the Palladium. All proceeds will benefit the Center for the Performing Arts. Preview auction items and online bidding starts in mid-June at the Center’s website.

For details on table reservations or individual tickets, call Laura Varnau at 317-819-3521. Patron table for 10 is $5,000. Celebrity Circle tables are $7,500. Single tickets are $500 and are on sale now. Information is available online at www.TheCenterPresents.org. Tickets are sold as a package and include admission to all events on both evenings.


We are committed to keeping this music alive through the following initiatives:
• Regional and national high school vocal academies and competition.
• Multi-disciplinary curriculum for elementary through high school students.
• Preservation of the physical artifacts of the creators, performers and publishers of the music.
• Research facility for scholars, historians, and performers.
• Multimedia gallery for exhibiting our collections to the public.
We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization to which all contributions are tax-deductible.

To donate, please contact the Feinstein Initiative at 317-844-9446.
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