Each year, thousands of high school students apply to the YoungArts Program to be mentored by the world’s leading artists. In this all-new YoungArts Masterclass special, Grammy ® Award-winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin prepares four of these talented mentees to accompany him in concert. Selected by YoungArts – the national program that recognizes young aspiring artists and nurtures the arts in America – the four singers receive individual instruction from McFerrin, learning vocal improvisation and music theory more abstract than what the classically trained students may be accustomed. While highlighting each singer’s unique vocal style, yet singing together as a group, the mentees create their own arrangement under McFerrin’s guidance, and are invited to join him on stage at Germany’s Festspielhaus in Baden Baden to perform. But Bobby McFerrin: A YoungArts Masterclass isn’t just about making the most of a very special opportunity; it’s about the importance of mentorship, which resonates in the arts and beyond.
Produced and Directed by Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon.