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Leah Huber and Nia Savoy named semi-finalists in The Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative. Leah Huber and Nia Savoy named semi-finalists in The Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative.
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Leah Huber, a freshman from Airline High School, and Nia Savoy, a Caddo Magnet High senior, were recently named semi-finalists in The Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, 2014 Vocal Competition. Huber and Savoy were selected from more than 200 high school applicants from 31 states by a panel comprised of music educators and industry professionals. Ten semi-finalists from five states performed at the South Central Regional competition on May 31st.

Huber and Savoy participated in a rigorous day of master classes led by award-winning mentors, culminating in the evening competition recital at the International Conservatory of Performing Arts in Plano, Texas. Leah Huber performed "I Wanna Sing Like An Angel (And Dance Like the Devil)" by Paul Webster and Sammy Fain, from the movie musical Lucky Me, and "In the Still of the Night" by Cole Porter. Nia Savoy performed a haunting rendition of "(In My) Solitude" by Duke Ellington, followed by "A Night In Tunisia" by Dizzy Gillespie. Miss Savoy was selected to sing as a finalist at the National American Songbook Initiative competition on July 25th.

Savoy and eleven other finalists will spend a week in July at the American Songbook headquarters in Carmel, Indiana, attending workshops and working to perfect interpretive and performance skills. Instruction will be offered by five-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein, as well as by other top music and show business experts and consultants. A culminating concert at the Palladium Concert Hall will offer the finalists the opportunity to compete for the title of Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador, which carries with it a check for $3,000 and many opportunities to perform at prestigious venues during the year of their tenure.

The Jennifer Dowd Studio is a thriving vocal pedagogical environment for students of all levels and ages. The studio boasts of many regional and state pageant winners, theatrical and vocal competition winners, professional vocalists, as well as many emerging recording artists.

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