REACH TEACH INSPIRE
A Message from Our Founder
As a vocalist, private voice teacher and a middle school choir director, I've had the joy of
working with so many talented students of all ages who have a love for performing. I have
coached many through national competitions, only to be sitting in the audience thinking
"Why don't we have more talent from my area represented in this? Do they not know about the
competition? Is it too expensive? Do they think they won't be able to compete with someone from
New York or Los Angeles?" While these questions continued plaguing me at every national
competition, I began to develop a network of many prestigious music industry contacts
and decided to create a way to offer world-class learning opportunities to the students
of my region. I founded Songbook South to introduce my industry contacts to the young talent we have in the
South and to allow our students to benefit from the teaching, experience and connections they bring.
At Songbook South, we promote our young talent. We give them performance opportunities. We empower our students with knowledge and skill, and show them they can succeed in this industry. The performance skills our students learn at Songbook South will build their confidence and make them better leaders in their communities.
We hope you will consider joining our community of Songbook South Supporters by making a contribution!
Our Board of Directors
Jennifer Dowd Founder/President
Dr. Thomas Stone Founder/Vice President
Cheri Dowd - Fountain Secretary/Treasurer
Karmyn Tyler - Cobb Technology and Fundraising
Dr. Ross Smith Education Director and Fundraising
Lisa Huber Education Director and Fundraising
Dr. Cory Wikan Fundraising
Songbook South is a Shreveport, Louisiana based non-profit (501c3) organization founded by local vocalists and instructors to promote the art of singing through study and performance. The mission of Songbook South is to provide regional vocalists who have strong interest in music theater, jazz and popular song, development of skills through intense, creative performance study mentored by world-class, professional performers and instructors. Moreover, promoting these classic American genres to middle and high schoolers is central to the mission.