Happy summer, Songbook enthusiasts! Here's our latest update on all the great things happening at the Great American Songbook Foundation, as we continue our mission to inspire and educate by celebrating the Great American Songbook. To learn more, visit us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or our official website, TheSongbook.org.

GASF Goes International!

Last month, Songbook Archivist Lisa Lobdell traveled to the United Kingdom to present at the "Putting It Together - Investigating Sources for Musical Theater Research" conference at the University of Sheffield. The photo at right shows Lisa participating in a panel discussion with archivists from the New York Library for the Performing Arts and the Library of Congress. We are extremely proud to be recognized as an international resource for research on the music of the Great American Songbook!

Songbook Masterclass at Rider University

On Monday, April 18th, Michael Feinstein presented a lecture and led a masterclass with Musical Theater majors at Rider University. Our 2012 Songbook Youth Ambassador, Nick Ziobro, is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Musical Theater at Rider. After sharing an overview of the history of the Great American Songbook, Michael critiqued seven student performers. He offered valuable feedback and insights while using humor to make them feel comfortable as they performed Songbook repertoire in front of their peers. We recently held a similar educational event in Palm Springs that was very well received- we are eager to offer more of these opportunities, so stay tuned for more information!

2016 Gallery Exhibit
Achieves Record Attendance

In celebration of Indiana's 2016 Bicentennial, our latest exhibit, “The Great Indiana Songbook: Two Centuries of Hoosier Music,” opened in February. We're excited to report that attendance figures for our 2016 exhibit have shattered past records. Our March and April numbers are the highest we've ever experienced! We could not be more pleased to be sharing Indiana's musical history, including the Songbook and other genres, with our Exhibit Gallery visitors.

Would you like to visit? We’re open from 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday, and also one hour before Jazz and The Stratford Songbook Series performances and select additional events that are held at the Palladium.

Even if you can't make it to our campus, you can still visit the Songbook Exhibit Gallery. Our Library & Archives intern Taylor Scott has created a virtual tour of the exhibit that you will certainly enjoy.

Volunteer Profile:
Carol and Dick Schwartz

As a small non-profit organization, we depend on a team of dedicated volunteers who help us staff the Songbook Exhibit Gallery, provide tours to our visitors, and complete a wide variety of projects in the Archives. Click here to learn more about Carol and Dick Schwartz, a dedicated husband-wife volunteer team who support the Songbook Foundation and its programs in a multitude of ways.

Support the Songbook:
Become a Friend of the Foundation Today!

As you can see, we’re staying busy as we share the Songbook around the globe! Our fiscal year ends on June 30th. Will you consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Songbook Foundation on or before that date? Every dollar we receive truly makes a difference as we continue our efforts to inspire and educate by celebrating the Great American Songbook. To make a gift, click "Donate Now" or contact our Individual Gifts Officer, Leslie Hoggatt at lhoggatt@TheCenterPresents.org.

Songbook Academy®: News and Important Dates!

We recently announced the forty young singers from around the country who will be a part of this year's Songbook Academy Week in Carmel, Indiana. Click here to see a list!

Nine-time Grammy winner Janis Siegel and Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector will join Michael Feinstein, Sylvia McNair, and more incredible mentors during this year's Songbook Academy Week. Click here to learn more about our 2016 teaching artists.


  • Public Masterclass - Wednesday, July 20th at 2:00pm
  • Songbook Showcase - Thursday, July 21st from 10:00am to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 4:30pm (all finalists singing their solos on the Palladium stage)
  • Songbook Academy Finals - Saturday, July 23rd at 7:00pm

SAVE-THE-DATE: Michael Feinstein on Grand Avenue
A benefit for theColburn School and theGreat American Songbook Foundation

A special concert celebrating the career of film composer David Raksin, 
featuring Michael Feinstein with students from the Colburn School

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - Herbert Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue - Los Angeles, California 90012

Reception 6:30 pm - Concert 7:30 pm

Click here to learn more about this event! For information about premium ticket packages, which include a private reception and dinner with the artists, please contact Dianna Factor at rsvp@colburnschool.edu or 213-621-1010.

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