Monday, June 3, 2013

Jane Monheit signs on as judge of Feinstein Initiative competition

Jane Monheit will mentor and judge young singers
Jane Monheit, a Grammy-nominated jazz singer whose latest CD is "The Heart of the Matter," will be a new judge/mentor at the Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition in Carmel, joining last year's judges: Jim Caruso, Sylvia McNair and competition founder Michael Feinstein.

The event will be July 21-26 at the Palladium of the Center for the Performing Arts, of which Feinstein is artistic director.  Most of the week consists of coaching of the chosen finalists in a vocal "boot camp," culminating in the Feinstein Initiative competition itself on July 26.

Monheit, 35, has released 11 CDs and appeared in the Indianapolis area twice in recent years, once at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club and then in 2011 at a "Three Generations of Divas" program at the Palladium with Dianne Reeves and Nikki Yanofsky during the Center's inaugural season.