12th Annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project Participants Are Announced

The 12th annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project participants will take residency at Northwestern University from June 18 to 24 for an intensive week-long program of master classes and workshops that culminates with a public concert.

Chosen from a record-breaking competitive pool of 131 applicants, the 13 emerging professional songwriters work in a variety of musical genres including pop, music theatre, jazz, R&B, traditional folk, rock, classical impressionism and alt-country.

Congratulations to Joey Contreras, Kala Farnham, Emma Hathaway, Katie Hathaway, Elliah Heifetz, Oliver Houser, Evangeline Joy Music, Matthew Dean Marsh, Adrianna Mateo, Andy Roninson, Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez, Ava Suppelsa, and Carter Vail! Check out their full bios here.

Participants will work with returning master teachers Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Craig Carnelia, and three-time Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Lari White, along with first time master teacher Tony and Grammy-nominated songwriter Stephen Bray.

Songwriters in Concert,” a public showcase of new work, will take place June 24 at 8 p.m. at the Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive on the Evanston campus.

The concert kicks off the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts’ 2017 SummerStage season. Single tickets are available for $10 – $30 on the Wirtz Center Box Office website.

Read the complete press release here.