“Building Your Vocal Book” is a continuation of the co-curricular classes for the Programs in Theater and Music Theater. Co-taught by Princeton theater alums Adam Hyndman ’12 and music director Emily Whitaker ’15, this workshop will give students the opportunity to explore vocal repertoire from across the canon of musical theater, develop their own practice of interpreting narrative storytelling through song, and hone their audition technique.

Join the Workshop

The workshop is free and open for audit to all students, alumni, staff & faculty, however priority will be given to undergraduate students to perform vocal selections; all levels of experience welcome.

RSVP Details

RSVP required. RSVP by email to if you are interested in performing and workshopping a song during the class. In your RSVP, include:

  • Request to perform your song selection in either the front half of the session (1-2:30 p.m.) or the back half of the session (2:30-4 p.m.)
  • Mention (1) the song you would like to perform and (2) if you currently have sheet music for this selection or will need assistance in obtaining music for accompaniment on piano

If time permits, participants who do not RSVP in advance may be accommodated.

COVID-19 Guidance + Updates

Per Princeton University policy, all guests are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to the maximum extent, which now includes a COVID booster shot for all eligible to receive it, and to wear a mask when indoors. Performers may be unmasked while performing.


symbol for wheelchair accessibilityThe event space is wheelchair accessible. Visit our Venues and Studios section for accessibility information at our various locations. Attendees in need of access accommodations are asked to contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email at least one week in advance of the event date.

Visit our Venues and Studios section for accessibility information at our various locations. Get directions to the Berlind Rehearsal Room, adjacent to Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theater Center.

About the Guest Instructors

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Photo by Mari Uchida

Adam Hyndman (Princeton Class of 2012) is a Tony Award-winning producer, performer, and activist. He has worked extensively in the arts, performing on stage and screen with roles on Broadway and television. Some notable performing credits include: NBC’s The Sing OffChildren of Eden at the Kennedy Center, and on Broadway in Aladdin, Once on This Island, and most recently Hadestown. Adam uses his experiences working with narratives to challenge his vision for the world on and off stage. He was a co-producer for The Inheritance on Broadway, for which he earned a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award. Adam continues curating and producing work within the team at Octopus Theatricals. He is a co-founder of The Industry Standard Group (an organization committed to creating pathways for BIPOC producers to emerge into the field and stewards the first community investment fund for commercial theater. Adam is also a guest teaching artist for the Program in Music Theater at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. As an individual committed to excellence and progressive achievement through collaboration, he works toward the manifestation of a diverse and inclusive world. Adam additionally serves on the Board of Directors for Pipeline Theatre Company, Producer Hub, and Broadway For Racial Justice, for which he is the active chair. Follow Adam on Instagram


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Photo courtesy Emily Whitaker

Emily Whitaker (Princeton Class of 2015) is a music director, pianist, and teaching artist from upstate New York. Favorite recent credits include music directing the First National Tour of Mean Girls, music directing/conducting/playing piano in Merrily We Roll Along with Roundabout/Fiasco Theater, performing in The Band’s Visit and Tootsie on Broadway, Into the Woods with Fiasco Theater, The Hello Girls with Prospect Theater, and Unknown Soldier at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. While Emily is proud of these credits, she is equally proud of teaching and giving back within the fields of music and theater. In addition to teaching at the Lewis Center, Emily teaches piano lessons and proudly served as a teaching artist at McCarter Theatre for five years. This year she also served on the Program Task Force for Artists Striving to End Poverty, a non-profit connecting artists with under-resourced communities around the world. Emily is increasingly committed to helping tell stories from marginalized voices and is excited to build a more equitable workplace and industry once theater comes back. Emily holds a bachelors’ degree in music and theater from Princeton University and a masters’ in musicology from Columbia University.

Presented By

  • Program in Music Theater
  • Program in Theater