“It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.”

 - Benjamin Britten



Sage Melcher to Compete in Michael Feinstein Initiative

Sage Melcher chosen to represent the NorthEast Region to compete in Michael Feinstein’s Songbook Academy

The Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative sponsors the Great American Songbook Vocal Academy and Competition. The 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 mid-twentieth century.

After competing with other singers from the Northeast region, Sage Melcher of Honeoye Falls, NY has been chosen to continue on to the finals which take place this June in Indianapolis. The ten finalists will spend 4 days in a ‘boot camp’ of master classes with Michael Feinstein as well as other well known entertainers. The winner of the competition will perform with Michael and others at the Palladium in Indianapolis, Indiana, Saturday June 16th and will receive a $3000 scholarship.

“Through this competition, we are reaching a new generation to teach this music and the American history that inspired and influenced these composers,” said Michael Feinstein, the Initiative's founder and noted American Songbook ambassador.

Sage Melcher, a triple threat (she sings, dances, plays the piano and drums and writes her own compositions) is a Freshman at the Allendale Columbia school where she was recently chosen as best supporting actress for her role in ‘Disco Inferno’ for the Broadway Theatre Leagues’ ‘Stars of Tomorrow’. Melcher has been singing the standards from the American Songbook ‘since I could walk and talk’. Sage is Vice President of the Interact at Allendale Columbia School which is sponsored by the Honeoye Falls-Mendon Rotary Club in District 7120. Sage credits her success thus far to her parents, many voice and dance teachers and “hard work and the tremendous support from Jeannie Clinton and Lisa Barnes” at Allendale Columbia. Sage is also the vocalist for the Eastman School of Music’s Youth Jazz Orchestra and will be singing at this year’s Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

Sage lives on a farm and animal sanctuary in Mendon, NY with her Mom and Dad, (both Rotarians), an older sister and younger twin brothers.

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